Issues

Issues

Gun Safety

Assault Weapons Ban
An analysis of a public mass shootings resulting in four or more deaths found that more than 85% of such fatalities were caused by assault rifles. An assailant with an assault rifle is able to hurt and kill twice the number of people compared to an assailant with a non-assault rifle or handgun.
The AR-15 is the weapon of choice in mass shootings.
Tree of Life: AR-15
Aurora: AR-15
Parkland: AR-15
Las Vegas: AR-15
Sandy Hook: AR-15
Texas Church: AR-15
San Bernardino: AR-15
Waffle House: AR-15

With great freedom comes great responsibility. Therefore my position is that weapons meeting the following criteria should be banned in Pennsylvania:
A semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine and at least two of the following five items:
  • a folding or telescopic stock
  • a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
  • a bayonet mount
  • a flash suppressor or threaded barrel
  • a grenade launcher

 

Jennifer’s responses to the League of Women Voters candidate questionnaire

Access to the ballot box is one of the most important rights for a citizen. Although Pennsylvania recently modernized its election code, there are other reforms that would further modernize Pennsylvania’s elections. If elected, what reforms would you support to ensure that all citizens who want to vote are able to securely, privately, and independently cast a ballot?

Automatic voter registration, unless the citizen opts out. Pre-registering 16- and 17-year-olds so they’re ready to vote as soon as they turn 18. Ballot position randomization – remove the advantage held by candidates at the top of the ballot. This is of particular interest to me since I drew the last position on the primary ballot! Funding – ensure that election officials have money for equipment, staff, and training necessary to implement secure and accurate elections.
 

While there have been some positive legislative actions recently, partisan gridlock in Harrisburg has taken its toll, and many people feel that Pennsylvania’s state government is dysfunctional. What types of reforms, if any, would you support to make the legislative process in Harrisburg more effective?

Pennsylvania’s procedural rules allow committee leaders to flout the will of their constituents by intentionally stalling bills that have bipartisan support. The bipartisan FairVote organization ranks Pennsylvania 0 on its Agenda Fairness Index.I will support reforms that enable collaborative legislation, including automatic advancement of bills that are heard in committee without requiring a vote or approval of the chair, as well as a rule that allows bipartisan majorities within a committee to bring legislation to a floor vote.I have faced Pennsylvania’s dysfunction firsthand as an advocate for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO), or red flag law, which remains stuck in committee despite broad bipartisan support.
 

Do you support a state constitutional amendment to form an independent commission to redraw Congressional and legislative districts? Why or why not?

Yes. Partisan gerrymandering takes power away from the citizens and puts it into the hands of political parties and outside interests. It protects incumbents and cements partisan polarization, making collaborative leadership all but impossible. This is not a natural state – these rules were made by men. Now we have the opportunity to remake the rules and build a framework for the Pennsylvania General Assembly that ensures it will truly represent the people.
 

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, many barriers still exist for people with disabilities. What will you do as a state legislator to improve accessibility for people with disabilities across the Commonwealth?

In PA 151, we have a huge opportunity to improve our communities’ aging infrastructure to better accommodate people with disabilities. I will work with the municipal governments and business owners in Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township, and Jenkintown Borough to secure grants and make improvements to sidewalks, street crossings and building entrances. Through thoughtful planning, infrastructure, and public education, these improvements that will empower people with disabilities to participate fully in community life.
 
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