My Track Record
When Chris Rabb was sworn into office in January of 2017, he joined the smallest House Democratic Caucus in 60 years in a state legislature dominated by right-wing Republicans borne of 30 years of Republican gerrymandering, making Pennsylvania one of the top three most gerrymandered states in the nation.
In the 2019-2020 legislative session, less than one half of 1% of Democratic bills were enacted into law. Despite the corrosive hyper-partisanship of Harrisburg, he has been a uniquely successful legislator, having gotten enacted into law six pieces of legislation in his first six years.
Shortly after taking office in 2017, Chris Rabb was dubbed “RepRabb” by schoolchildren in his district, a moniker he proudly embraces.
In his first 6 years in office, RepRabb has introduced key legislation, taking the lead on important issues impacting the 200th legislative district and the Commonwealth.
RepRabb 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).
LEGISLATION ENACTED INTO LAW
Bills and Amendments Passed.
First Chance Trust Fund (2017) – 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 (Act 39 of 2017) – Successfully passed an amendment to remove the $5 cap for Pennsylvanians to choose to give as much as they like on their state personal income tax forms.
Expansion of Loans for Microenterprises (2021) – My successful amendment to this legislation from 2017 was enacted into law four years later to create the Microenterprise Loan Program. My successful, bipartisan amendment expands eligibility to this leading program to include Pennsylvania-based single-member limited liability companies and worker-owned cooperatives.
Prohibiting law enforcement from engaging in sexual activity while on duty (2020) - My #NoConsentInCustody legislation (HB 1807) was introduced in 2019. Less than a year later, it was filed as an amendment to another bill. Now, the crime of institutional sexual assault applies to police officers.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (2019) – This bipartisan legislation (HB 1519) was enacted into law to establish a state-level grant program to encourage farming of high-priority crops, most notably hemp, honey, hops and hardwood that aren’t eligible for federal grant programs, but still provide significant value to our state.
State Inter-departmental Law Enforcement Misconduct (SILEM) Database (Act 57 of 2020) - Originally introduced in 2018, this legislation was inspired by the tragic killing of Tamir Rice (and subsequent victims of police violence in Pennsylvania). This new state law established a database to document and monitor applicants for jobs in law enforcement agencies to ensure that individuals
HR 39 - Honoring the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King III (2017)
HR 1082 - Recognizing the 500th Anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (2018)
HR 727 - Recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment (2020)
HR 729 - Honoring the Life and Legacy of Noel Ignatiev (2020)
HR 400 - Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Octavius Valentine Catto (2020)
Select Bills & Resolutions Authored by RepRabb.
RepRabb has authored over 100 bills and resolutions in his first three terms in office. Here are links to his legislation for his first, second and third terms.
The following bills and resolutions represent some of his most popular and substantive legislative activity:
Bill abolishing the death penalty
Bill requiring PA to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050
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
Bill to create special election reform by creating new candidacy and political party requirements that promote transparency, voter education, and inclusion
Bill to enact the National Popular Vote by constitutionally bypassing the Electoral College
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
Protecting unimpaired medical cannabis patients from wrongful DUI convictions
Protecting employees from being fired for being medical cannabis patients