Court hearing scheduled in lawsuit seeking to reinstate General Assistance

On Tuesday, October 23, at 10am, a judge with the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg will hold a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would, among other things, restore General Assistance, stop the pilot block grant program for human services funding, and reverse new rules that make it more difficult for families to move from welfare to work.  The lawsuit, Billie Washington v. Department of Public Welfare, alleges that the legislative process through which Act 80, the bill that contained historic and sweeping changes to seven disparate programs and services, was enacted violated the Pennsylvania Constitution for multiple reasons.

The hearing is open and the public is welcome to attend.

WHERE:  Courtroom 3001, Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave, Harrisburg, PA
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 10am

For more information on the lawsuit, including links to the legal papers, please visit

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