Protecting Our Families

I’ve focused considerable attention to fighting for our most vulnerable citizens – our children.

Prior to joining the legislature, I spent most of my time as a child abuse prosecutor. Accordingly, I focused significant time and attention to strengthening our laws protecting our children. I helped close Megan’s Law loopholes in Pennsylvania and have worked tirelessly to improve our child protection laws. I’ve authored legislation prohibiting teachers, coaches or other school employees to engage in sexual conduct with students. Additionally, I wrote the current law expanding the list of those required to report suspected child abuse and dramatically increased the penalties for filing to notify authorities that a child was abused.

In addition to prosecuting child abuse cases, I was a federal firearms prosecutor where I prosecuted some of Montgomery County’s most violent offenders.  I've used my background to introduce several measures aimed at reducing gun violence without infringing upon Second Amendment rights.  Most of my bills focus on felons and those who have been disqualified from possessing guns due to mental health issues.  I've introduced several bills to help our law enforcement community combat gun violence on our streets and in our homes and I'm proud many of these bills have passed unanimously or with broad bipartisan support.

I have also written legislation to protect victims of crime. When a municipality attempted to evict a victim of domestic violence simply because she called the police for help, I wrote the law that ensures nobody is penalized for calling for emergency assistance. No one should have to think twice before calling 911.

I’ve seen firsthand the important services non-profit agencies provide to victims of crime. As a result, I fought to restore vital funding for Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Centers in each state budget earning me recognition from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I also cosponsored legislation to direct a portion of Montgomery County’s casino revenue to Montgomery County’s only domestic violence shelter, Laurel House and our only Child Advocacy Center, Mission Kids. These agencies rely on donations to fund their programs and I felt it was important to find them a dedicated funding stream so they can continue servicing victims of domestic violence and child abuse.