Since taking office last December, Representative Chris Rabb has hit the ground running – introducing key legislation, taking the lead on important issues impacting the 200th legislative district and the Commonwealth, and providing excellent service to his constituents.
Rep. Rabb has been a strong supporter of workers’ rights, himself helping to unionize 1,500 adjunct professors at Temple University where for 4 years he taught a course on socially responsible business based on his ground-breaking book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity (2010).
Bills Enacted Into Law
First Chance Trust Fund – Innovative, first in the nation law that creates a fund to provide educational scholarships and grants for third parties offering support services to youth in communities with the highest rates of incarceration around the state, funded through a one percent tax on contracts issued through the Department of Corrections in excess of $5 million, as well as through private donations.
Pediatric Cancer Research – Successful amendment to this bill has led to a law that now removes the $5 cap for Pennsylvanians to choose to give as much as they like on their state personal income tax forms.
Bills & Resolutions Sponsored by Representative Rabb
Criminal Justice Reform
Bill lowering the maximum sentence of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
Bill abolishing the death penalty.
Government Accountability and Reform
Mandatory Budget Impasse Transparency & Accountability Act, requiring daily budget hearings and attendance by members of the executive and legislative branches to prevent further costly budget impasses;
Bill requiring PA to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050;
A resolution urging the U.S. Congress to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act to separate commercial and investment banking functions, and to return to national public banking policies.
Public, Community and Consumer Safety
Bill prohibiting concealed carry while intoxicated;
Bill to make automatic renewal provisions in consumer contracts;
The Police and Community Safety Act, in effect making Pennsylvania a sanctuary commonwealth.
Omnibus Voting and Elections bill, authorizing universal automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, early voting and pre-registration of 16 & 17 year olds;
Bill developing a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of electronic collection of signatures for candidate nomination petitions;
A resolution urging PA to join a compact of states to elect the President by the national popular vote;
Bill to create special election reform by creating new candidacy and political party requirements that promote transparency, voter education, and inclusion;
Bill to create special election reform that fines incumbents forced to vacate their seats due to felony conviction or plea deal;
Bill to require the PA Commission on Sentencing to produce demographic impact reports for any legislative measure that would amend the Crimes Code or Judicial Code;
Discharge resolution to consider minimum wage increase bill;
Fair Share Tax Plan bill to divide the state’s personal income tax into a tax on wages and interest and a tax on income from wealth;
Reproductive Health Equity Act, providing women access to a full range or preventive and reproductive health services inclusive of abortion coverage and explicitly prohibiting discrimination against undocumented and trans-women;
Resolution urging Congress to extend TPS status for PA immigrants from Haiti & other nations;
Bill creating a tax credit for developers to build passive houses in low financial wealth neighborhoods.
—Inaugural Community Forum at a mosque;
—Grown Folks Fall Festival (Senior Fair);
—September Town Hall Meetings;
—Back To School Supply Drive Summer Kickoff;
—June Free Shredding Events;
—Policy Hearing on universal basic income, carbon fee & dividend and sentencing & prison reforms;
—Opened two satellite offices where food is provided for the hungry.