Resolutions & Actions

9/25/2014 Support of Amendments to PA’s Human Relations Act for protection of LGBT Rights
HB 177 HB 177 amends the penal code to include commission of an act motivated by hatred toward the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity of another individual or group of individuals.
In Support The Executive Board of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports Representative Brian Sims efforts to bring HB 177 to passage by the General Assembly. We encourage all legislators to support this important civil rights legislation
6/26/2014 Support of increasing the Minimum Wage
Resolution The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
6/24/2014 Energy Independence (Amendment to the LCDC Principles)
Amendment to Principles

Addition: Below Section “Community”, Below sub-Section “Environment

“CO2 omissions and other contaminants from the use of biofuels continues to add carbons to our atmosphere that negatively impact the air, water and ground integrity of our environment, and, therefore the health and safety of the earth’s human inhabitants globally.

“We believe that real energy independence for the Commonwealth and the nation is movement towards total reliance on renewable energy sources – solar, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.”

2/27/2014 Oppose House Bill 1507
HB 1507
In Opposition
HB 1707 would prohibit automatic payroll deductions for union dues for state government and public school employees. (Opposed by consensus)
2/27/2014 Oppose Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA Medicaid Plan for implementation of ACA in Pennsylvania
In Opposition The LCDC opposes the Corbett plan which will add dollars to insurance providers and limit relief for eligigable
The LCDC opposes the Corbett plan, which will add dollars to insurance providers, limit relief for eligible Medicaid recipients, and reduce expansion to those in need. The LCDC encourages the PA Legislature to comply with Federal ACA guidelines, accept Medicaid dollars though ACA and expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania to the fullest extent possible. (In accordance with our support of ACA)
12/12/2013 Oppose segments of SB 1085, Charter School Reform
SB 1085
In Opposition

Segments of Senate Bill 1085 would:

  • Turn taxpayers into cash machines for charter schools…giving unelected, out-of-town authorizers the power to spend tax dollars without any oversight or controls.
  • Create taxation without representation and a mandate that taxpayers pay for a system of privately-operated charter schools in addition to the traditional public schools taxpayers already fund during a time when they can ill afford to pay higher property taxes and when our school districts are making unprecedented cuts in educational opportunities for our children.
  • Gut local control over charter school authorization and growth.
  • Encourage unfettered expansion of even poorly operated charter schools.
  • Take already underfunded school districts to the brink of financial collapse.
  • Remove important accountability tools that school districts can use to ensure charter schools are performing well and equitably serving all kinds of students.
5/23/2013 Support of Amendments to PA’s Human Relations Act for protection of LGBT Rights
HB 300 & SB 300
In Support
The Executive Board of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports Senate Bill 300 and House Bill 300 which amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act that expands protections under the act for sexual orientation and gender identity.
4/25/2013 Resolutions on Gun Control

Resolution
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Resloved:

  • The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legislation that authorizes the right of municipalities, school districts an non-governmental organizations to create and enforce these policies; and
  • The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legislation that would make “straw” sales illegal;
  • The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legislation that would require the reporting of all lost and stolen firearms;
  • The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legislation that would require mandatory background checks on all purchases and transfers of ownership of firearms.
1/24/2013 Resolution on Voter ID Laws restricting the right to vote
Resolution
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The Lancaster County Democratic Committee hereby supports the authorization of a study to revise Voter ID into a one-step, seamless part of the voter registration process, offering the least degree of difficulty to voters, by issuing secure Voter Registration Cards to all PA voters in a uniform manner, statewide.
1/24/2013 Oppose changes in the distribution of Pennsylvania’s Electoral Votes
In opposition The Lancaster County Democratic Committee opposes altering the allocation of the Commonwealth’s electoral vote from the winner-take-all system currently in place.
7/26/2012 Support for the Expansion of Madicaid Coverage
HB 2557
In support
LCDC supports House Bill 2557, legislation that requires Pennsylvania to expand Medicaid coverage for uninsured individuals consistent with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
6/28/2012 Oppose Changes prohibiting collective bargaining in financially distress school districts
SB 1450 & HB 1307
Oppose
The LCDC opposes HB 1307 and SB 1450 provisions that would end collective bargaining rights for school employees in financially distressed districts.
6/28/2012 Oppose legislation that would restrict Municipal rights control firearms.
SB 273
Oppose
The LCDC opposes SB 273 that would allow lawsuits against municipalities that try to regulate guns.
6/28/2012 Oppose HB 1077 that would restrict a woman’s reproductive rights.
HB 1077
Oppose
The LCDC opposes HB 1077 that would provide for ultrasound test requirements to determine gestational ages of unborn children; establish the right to view ultrasound image and ultrasound video of unborn child and the right to observe or hear the fetal heartbeat; provide for powers and duties of the Department of Health and for duties of physicians performing abortions; require certain reports to be filed with the Department of Health; imposev administrative sanctions and criminal penalties.
11/27/2011 Oppose restrictions on the right of women to attain complete health coverage
SB 3
Oppose
The Lancaster County Democratic Committee opposes restrictions on the right of women to attain complete health coverage for elective procedures through private health insurance plans whether such plans are purchased individually, through a family plan or are offered as a benefit through an employer. “We oppose Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3, which would deny coverage for performance of elective procedures through health insurance exchanges mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a federal law.
6/22/11 Support the Family Caregiver Support Act
HB 210 & SB 639 The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports HB 210 and SB 639. The Family Caregiver Support Act will bring Pennsylvania’s Family Caregiver Support Program in compliance with federal guidelines that will increase financial assistance and expand eligibility, enabling more families to receive home-based services for loved ones.
5/26/2011 Establishment of Marcellus Shale gas extraction guidelines
Guidelines The LCDC Executive Board adopts Guidelines for regulations and legislation regarding Marcellus Shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania.
5/26/2011 Opposes Marcellus Shale Gas Impact Fee
SB 1100
Oppose
The Lancaster County Democratic Committee opposes SB 1100, Amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, imposing a natural gas impact fee and providing for a model-zoning ordinance.
5/24/2007 Immigration
Resolution
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The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legalization for those in this country in an unauthorized status but who have built up equities and are otherwise admissible.
2/23/2007 Minimum Wage
Resolution
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The Lancaster County Democratic Committee supports legalization for those in this country in an unauthorized status but who have built up equities and are otherwise admissible.
3/23/2006 Health Care Reform
Resolution
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LCDC supports health care reform that establishes single-payer health insurance for all PA residents.
3/23/2006 Voting Machines
Resolution
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The Lancaster County Democratic Committee opposes the selection of any Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system unless supplemented by checks and balances to ensure accurate voting results.
8/25/2005 Property Tax
Resolution
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The Lancaster County Democratic Committee formally ADVOCATES replacing some or all property taxes used to support public education with modest changes in Pennsylvania personal and business tax schedules.