The Reintroduction of ACT 58

Dec. 15, 2021 / Embed

Prosecuting gun crimes has been one of my top priorities since getting to the General Assembly earlier this year, including appropriations for more gun prosecutors in Philadelphia and Delaware County, appropriations for the Joint Local-State Firearm Task Force and a study of prosecution rates and sentences for gun crimes across the state, among other legislation to be tougher on gun and violent crime. In these remarks, I discuss the reintroduction of Act 58 which expired earlier this year, allowing the Attorney General concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute gun crimes in Philadelphia.

Deana's Law

Nov. 17, 2021 / Embed

Deana’s Law advances to the Senate. Listen to my remarks just before the vote on PA State Rep. Chris Quinn's bill. Deana was killed by a drunk driver who had 5 previous DUIs. He spent less than one year in prison total for his 3rd, 4th and 5th DUIs - all served at one time. The head-on collision happened in Upper Chichester (just outside our district), which makes this a moment of tragedy and responsibility in our community.

House Members Offer Details of Veterans Bill Package

Nov. 08, 2021 / Embed

My colleagues and I on the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees held a press conference highlighting a package of bills honoring Veterans Day and providing for increases in benefits for veterans and their families. As a veteran, I am honored to serve on this committee and be a voice for veterans across the Commonwealth.

Establishment of Staff Judge Advocate at DMVA

Oct. 19, 2021 / Embed

Rep. Craig Williams Introduces HB 1938 requiring the Chief Counsel of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to have been a military judge advocate. Questioning the PA Adjutant General before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Williams Honors Persian Gulf Veterans

Oct. 08, 2021 / Embed

Rep. Williams comments during the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on legislation designating March 6th as Persian Gulf War Veterans Day and Oct. 7th as Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day in Pennsylvania.

Rep. Craig Williams' 2021 Veterans Expo

Sep. 21, 2021 / Embed

Highlights of Rep. Craig Williams' 2021 Veterans Expo.

Urging Support for Emergency Declaration Extension

Sep. 21, 2021 / Embed

Representative Craig Williams urges passage of HR 139, extension of the disaster emergency declared on August 31, 2021, in response to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida.

Extending the Governor's Disaster Declaration

Sep. 20, 2021 / Embed

Rep. Williams comments during the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on legislation to extend the governor's disaster declaration in regard to Hurricane Ida.

Craig Williams Job Fair From Glen Mills

Aug. 26, 2021 / Embed

Representative Craig Williams takes viewers on a tour of his most recent job fair.

Rep. Williams Joint Public Hearing Aging & Older Services Human Services

Aug. 24, 2021 / Embed

I participated in an Aug. 23 joint hearing of the House’s Aging & Older Adults Services and Human Services committees (both of which I am a member) and the Senate’s Aging & Youth, and Health & Human Services committees about the current negotiations of the PA Department of Human Services (DHS) to extend its contract with Maximus as the Independent Enrollment Broker for seniors and adults with disabilities. The complaints about Maximus have been legend, from calls to our legislative offices to complaints made to Area Agencies on Aging and those made in review hearings. I have not heard from anyone who has had a favorable view or experience with Maximus in getting enrolled for services in the Commonwealth. In fact, we heard the testimony of Tammy Schwab, the caregiver and mother of her daughter Tenielle, an adult with disabilities. She recounted in great detail her devastating encounters with Maximus for nearly a year as the company lost paperwork, denied claims for failure to submit already submitted paperwork, and a never-ending loop of dead-end interactions with Maximus all while trying to provide constant, daily care to Tenielle. Despite these horrific reviews from those truly in need, DHS intends to renew its contract with the Virginia-based company and actually increase the company’s responsibilities. Wanting the public to hear first-hand the experiences in our area of the state, I asked Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia to give us some specific examples of the dereliction of Maximus. I won’t stop fighting for our seniors, adults with disabilities and their families to ensure that they have access to their rightful services.