Guide to the Allen G. Kukovich Papers, 1977-2004 AIS.2004.21

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Allen G. Kukovich Papers
Creator
Kukovich, Allen G.
Collection Number
AIS.2004.21
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1985-2004
Date [inclusive]
1977-2004
Extent
26.56 linear feet (17 boxes)
Abstract
The documents in this collection primarily reflect the political initiatives of Allen G. Kukovich collection, a member of the Pennsylvania state legislature in both the House of Representatives (1977-1996) and the Senate (1996-2004).

Preferred Citation

Allen G. Kukovich Papers, 1977-2004, AIS.2004.21, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Allen Kukovich graduated from Duquesne Law School in 1973 after receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University. After a short legal career, the 30 year old Democrat was elected to the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1977. From 1989 to 1992, he served as House Majority Policy Committee Chairman. After eighteen years in the House, Kukovich moved on to a seat in the Senate in 1996, where he served the 39th District continuously until 2004. He was named Pennsylvania Democratic State Chairman from June 2002 until March 2003.

Perhaps Kukovich's most recognized achievement was the Children's Health Care Partnership Act, known as CHIP, which provides free or subsidized health insurance to uninsured Pennsylvania children. His other major legislative priorities include environmental, health care, economic development, senior citizen, legislative reform, and consumer protection issues.

Much of the above information was taken from http://www.kukovich.org. Additional information about Kukovich's career can be found at this website.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection primarily documents the legislative initiatives of Allen G. Kukovich as a State Congressman from 1977-2004. The collection is largely comprised of bills and related legislative material for which Kukovich was a primary sponsor or co-sponsor. Also included are supporting materials such as correspondence, memos, reports, articles, speeches, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, and photographs. Topical strengths include CHIP, health care issues, and death penalty and judicial reform issues. The collection also includes extensive reports, plans, and correspondence concerning the proposed Maglev transportation project in Pittsburgh.

The papers are organized into twelve series by topic: I. Career Biography, 1977-2004; II. Health Care, 1981-2004; III. Environment and Transportation, 1981-2004; IV. Consumer Protection, 1977-2000; V. Criminal and Crime Reform, 1983-2004; VI. Children's Issues, 1985-2003; VII. Political Reform, 1979-2003; VIII. Economic Development, 1983-2000; IX. Poverty, 1985-2003; X. Municipal Grant Profiles, 1989-2004; XI. Other Initiatives and Organizational Involvements, 1981-2004; XII. Audio Visual Materials. Within each series, file folders were arranged topically as well as based on legislative initiatives. To manage the size of the collection, only those bills for which Kukovich was a sponsor or co-sponsor were saved during processing.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2005

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtaiundated

Acquisition Information

Gift of Allen Kukovich and Karen Mochar, Kukovich's Chief of Staff, November 2004.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Tiffani Emig in March 2005.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Dan Horvath in May 2005. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 4516590

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania. Children's Health Care Partnership Act.
  • Pennsylvania. General Assembly.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Economic conditions
  • Pennsylvania -- Economic policy
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government
  • Westmoreland County (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Kukovich, Allen G.

Subject(s)

  • Consumer protection -- Law and legislation -- Pennsylvania
  • Environment
  • Environmental policy -- Pennsylvania
  • Environmental protection -- Pennsylvania
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania
  • Medical care -- Law and legislation -- Pennsylvania
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • Transportation -- Law and legislation -- Pennsylvania

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Previous Citation

Allen G. Kukovich Papers, 1977-2004, AIS.2004.21, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Career Biography, 1977-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Series I contains general information about Kukovich's career, including awards, endorsements, campaign materials, and compilations of his achievements that were collected for his campaign. Also included are general press releases, clippings, correspondence, and speeches from his career, though items in these categories that clearly focused on a specific topic covered in Series II.-XI. were placed within the later series.

  BoxFolder
Legislative Achievement Summary Sheets, 1986-2003 11
  Folder
Committee Appointment Letters, 1989-1993 2
  Folder
Awards and Honors Lists, 1979-1993 3
  Folder
Award Letters and Certificates, 1982-2004 4-6
  Folder
Endorsements, 1984-2004 7
  Folder
Awards Clippings, 1978-2003 8
  Folder
Progressive Caucus Correspondence and Memos, 1986-1989 9
  Folder
Collected Clippings of Accomplishments, 1986-1999 10-16
  Folder
Talking Points, n.d 17
  Folder
Newsletters to Supporters, 1984-2001 18
  Folder
Election Clippings, 1977-1978, 1984 19-20
  Folder
Campaign Materials, 1986 21
  Folder
Governor's Race Questionnaire, 1986 22
  Folder
Election Clippings, 1986 23
  Folder
Opponent Lenny Santimyer, 1986 24
  Folder
Press Release and Campaign Plans, 1988 25
  Folder
Campaign Materials and Clippings, 1992 26
  Folder
Campaign Materials, 1996 27
  Folder
Election Clippings, 1996 28-29
  Folder
Opponent Eugene Porterfield, 1996 30
  Folder
Campaign Materials, 2000 31
  Folder
Election Clippings, 2000 32
  Folder
Announcement Tour Schedule and Speech, 2000 33
  Folder
Candidacy Announcement, 2002 34
  Folder
Campaign Materials, 2002 35
  Folder
Press Releases, 2002 36
  Folder
Election Clippings, 2002 37
  Folder
Candidacy Announcement, 2004 38
  Folder
Campaign Plan, 2004 39
  Folder
Budget Wish Lists, 1989-1991 40
  Folder
Budget Overview, 1991 41
  Folder
Budget Wish Lists, 1993-1998 42-44
  Folder
Capital Budget Project Plans, 1999-2000 45
  BoxFolder
Press Releases, 1981-2004 21-11
  Folder
Clippings, 1976-1994 12-28
  BoxFolder
Clippings, 1995-2004 31-10
  Folder
Clippings, n.d. 11
  Folder
Political Cartoons, n.d. 12
  Folder
Clippings-Kukovich and Senior Citizens, 1987-1990 13
  Folder
Clippings-Kukovich and Jobs/Labor, 1982-1985 14
  Folder
Pennsylvania Report Kukovich Articles, 1997-2001 15
  Folder
Constituent Correspondence-Education, 2002 16
  Folder
Constituent Correspondence-Backend Referendums, 2004 17
  Folder
General Constituent Correspondence, 1986-2004 18-24
  BoxFolder
Speech Preparation Materials, n.d. 41
  Folder
Veterans of Foreign Wars Speech, 1981 2
  Folder
Housing News Conference Speech, 1989 3
  Folder
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley Speech, 1990 4
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Graduation Speech, 1992 5
  Folder
Latrobe Memorial Day Speech, 1999 6
  Folder
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Transportation Speech, 2001 7
  Folder
Democratic Budget Message, 2001 8
  Folder
Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Prayer Breakfast Speech, 2001 9
  Folder
Clarion County Democratic Spring Banquet Speech, 2001 10
  Folder
Smart Growth Speech, 2001 11
  Folder
Prescription Drug Plan for Seniors Speech, 2001 12
  Folder
Reasons to Support the Ergonomics Standard Speech, 2001 13
  Folder
Pennsylvania Family and Consumer Sciences Association Speech, 2001 14
  Folder
Teamsters Labor Speech, 2001 15
  Folder
Remembering 911 Speech, 2002 16
  Folder
Nonprofit Advocacy Speech, 2002 17
  Folder
Clarion Young Democrats Equality Rally Speech, 2003 18
  Folder
Social Welfare Policies and Legislation Speech, 2003 19
  Folder
Memorial Day Speech, 2004 20
  Folder
Radio Scripts, 2004 21
  Folder
Television Appearances, 2004 22
  Folder
Quotes on Issue Stances Prepared for Media, 2004 23
  Folder
Letters to Editor, 2004 24

Section: Photographs 

  Folder
Mondale Rally, 1984 25
  Folder
Teamster Conference, 2001 26
  Folder
Allen Recognition Day, n.d. 27
  Folder
Grant Presentation, n.d. 28
  Folder
School Visit, n.d. 29
  Folder
Alzheimer's Association Chairperson, n.d. 30
  Folder
Family, n.d. 31
  Folder
Miscellaneous , n.d. 32

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Series  II. Health Care, 1981-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Series II contains Kukovich's plan for free and low-cost child health care termed CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), which has been widely recognized as Kukovich's most significant contribution to the State of Pennsylvania. For other legislation to protect children, see Series VI. Children's Issues. Of almost equally enduring influence as CHIP are PACE and PACENET, which together provide assistance for prescription drug coverage to senior citizens in low income brackets. PACE/PACENET are well documented here, as are other senior protection measures such as Managed Care, the Older Adult Protective Services Act, the Medicare Overcharge Measure Act (MOM), and Guardianship and Family Caregiver bills. Kukovich was also firm in his support of the disabled; his efforts toward improved disability rights are included in this series. Of additional interest in this series are continued correspondence with popular health agencies including Blue Cross, Caring Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, and others.

  Folder
CHIP Act Bill Overview and Fiscal Note, 1992 33
  Folder
CHIP Expansion Bills, 1995-2002 34
  Folder
CHIP Support Statements, 1995-1997 35
  Folder
House Health and Welfare Committee Hearing Testimonies, 1991 36
  Folder
Public Hearing Testimonies, 1991, 1997 37-40
  Folder
Eligibility and Enrollment Information, 1992-2004 41
  Folder
Instructions for Insurer Applicant, 1993 42
  Folder
Administrative Responses to Questions about CHIP, 1997 43
  Folder
Correspondence, 1989-2003 44-48
  Folder
Memos, 1991-2001 49
  Folder
Press Releases, 1993-2001 50
  Folder
PowerPoint Presentation, 1998 51
  Folder
Speech, 2002 52
  Folder
Essay, n.d. 53
  Folder
Speech Schedules, 1990s 54
  Folder
Public Service Announcement, n.d. 55
  Folder
Special Health Care Newsletter to Kukovich Supporters, 1992 56
  Folder
Articles written by Kukovich, 1998, 2004 57
  Folder
Clippings, 1989-2002 58-63
  Folder
Published Articles, 1993, 1998 64
  Folder
Pamphlets, 1990s 65
  Folder
Fliers, 1990s 66
  Folder
Physician Hospital and Dental Directories, 2000 67
  Folder
Blue Cross and Caring Foundation Newsletters, 2003 68
  Folder
Annual Report, 1994-1995 69
  Folder
Annual Report, 1999-2000 70
  Folder
Advisory Council Meeting Report, 2004 71
  Folder
Tenth Anniversary Luncheon, 2003 72
  Folder
CHIP Photos, c.2000 73
  Folder
Notes, n.d. 74
  BoxFolder
PACE- Tobacco Settlement Information, 2000-2001 51
  Folder
PACE- Senate Hearings, 2001 2-3
  Folder
PACE- Expansion Senate Hearings, 2002-2003 4-5
  Folder
PACE- Expansion Senate Round Table Discussion, 2003 6
  Folder
PACE- Advisory Committee Report, 2001 7
  Folder
PACE- Heinz Plan to Overcome Prescription Drug Expenses, 2001 8
  Folder
PACE- Governor Rendell's Plan to Expand, 2003 9
  Folder
PACE- Bill Analyses and Reports, 2001 10
  Folder
PACE- Bill Analysis, 2001 11
  Folder
PACE- Bill Summaries Talking Points and Fiscal Notes, 2003 12
  Folder
PACE- Correspondence, 1999-2003 13
  Folder
PACE- Press Releases, 2001-2003 14
  Folder
PACE- Memos, 2004 15
  Folder
PACE- Clippings, 2001-2004 16
  Folder
HB 1886 Working File, 1993 17
  Folder
HB 1886 Meeting of January 14, 1994 18
  Folder
HB 1886 Amendments, 1993-1994 19
  Folder
Managed Care- Bills, 1993-1997 20
  Folder
Managed Care- Package, 1995 21
  Folder
Managed Care- Correspondence, 1995-2000 22
  Folder
Managed Care- Horror Stories, 1997-1999 23
  Folder
Managed Care- Memos, 1995-1997 24
  Folder
Managed Care- Press Releases and Clippings, 1993-1998 25
  Folder
Managed Care- Health Insurance Consumer Bill of Rights, 1996 26
  Folder
Managed Care- Testimonies, 1996, 1998 27
  Folder
Managed Care- Report, 1992 28
  Folder
Managed Care- Accountability Coalition Papers, 1996-1997 29
  Folder
Physician Referral Bill, 1993 30
  Folder
Older Adult Protective Services Act and Fiscal Note, 1988 31
  Folder
Protective Services Act Testimonies, 1985 32
  Folder
Protective Services Act Correspondence and Memos, 1985-2000 33-34
  Folder
Protective Services Act Clippings, 1987-1991 35
  Folder
Indigent Health Care Bill, 1989-1990 36
  Folder
Health Care Cost Containment, 1989 37
  BoxFolder
MOM- Act Bills and Fact Sheets, 1990 61
  Folder
MOM- House Hearing, 1988 2-5
  Folder
MOM- Testimony from Medical Organizations, 1988 6
  Folder
MOM- Senate Hearing, 1990 7
  Folder
MOM- Kukovich's Presentation and Press Conferences, 1985-1989 8
  Folder
MOM- Endorsements, 1988-1989 9
  Folder
MOM- Correspondence, 1988-1990 10
  Folder
MOM- Press Releases and Clippings, 1989-1992 11
  Folder
Pennsylvania Campaign for Affordable Health Care, n.d. 12
  Folder
Action Alliance of Seniors Memos, 1987 13
  Folder
Health Care Complaint Statistics, 1990-1992 14
  Folder
Guardianship Bills and Fiscal Notes, 1987-1990 15
  Folder
Report of the General Assembly Subcommittee on Guardianships, 1984 16
  Folder
Guardianship Fact Sheets, 1989 17
  Folder
Pennsylvania Bankers Association Guardianship Testimony, 1988 18
  Folder
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Guardianship Report, 1989 19
  Folder
Associated Press Guardianship Report, c. 1988 20
  Folder
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council Guardianship Report, 1981 21
  Folder
Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Guardianship Report, 1993 22
  Folder
Guardianship Correspondence, 1988-1994 23-24
  Folder
Guardianship Memos and Press Releases, 1988-1991 25
  Folder
Guardianship Clippings and Articles, 1989-1992 26
  Folder
Guardianship Notes, 1989-1990 27
  Folder
SB 5 vs. HB 1000, 1989 28
  Folder
SB 5 Fact Sheets and Clippings, 1989 29
  Folder
Amendment to HB 221 Correspondence, 1989 30
  Folder
Testimony of United Mental Health Inc., 1985 31
  Folder
Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy Inc. Plan for the Mentally Ill, 1986 32
  Folder
Alliance for the Mentally Ill Correspondence, 1989 33
  Folder
Mental Health Correspondence, 1986-1987 34
  Folder
Mental Health Clippings and Notes, 1988-1990 35
  BoxFolder
Health Care Personnel Shortage House Hearings, 2001 71-5
  Folder
Family Caregiver Support Act, 1990 6
  Folder
Family Caregiver Regulations, 1989-1992 7
  Folder
Family Caregiver Correspondence, 1990-1995 8
  Folder
Family Caregiver Reports, 1988-1995 9
  Folder
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Conference Recommendations, 1990 10
  Folder
Alzheimer's Association Pre-HB 698 Correspondence and Reports, 11
  Folder
Alzheimer's Association Correspondence and Reports, 1989-1990 12
  Folder
Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum Agenda and Guide to Policy Priorities, 1992 13
  Folder
Family Caregiver Press Releases Clippings and Articles, 1989-2002 14
  Folder
Pennsylvania Department of Aging Pamphlets on Family Caregiving, 1987-1990 15
  Folder
Family Caregiver Cost Sharing Guideline, 1990 16
  Folder
Attendant Care Program Act, 1986 17
  Folder
Reports on Attendant Care, 1985-1987 18
  Folder
Attendant Care Correspondence, 1985-1994 19
  Folder
Attendant Care Press Release and Clipping, 1992-1994 20
  Folder
Privacy Act, 1984-1985 21
  Folder
Hospice Act, 1997 22
  Folder
Nursing Licensure Bill, 2001 23
  Folder
Department of Public Welfare Presentations-Community Resource Centers, 2002 24
  Folder
Department of Public Welfare PowerPoint Presentation-Community Resource Centers, 2002 25
  Folder
Community Resource Centers QA's, 2002 26
  Folder
Community Resource Center Advocate Correspondence, 2002 27
  Folder
Listing of Community Resource Centers, 2002 28
  Folder
Disability Budget Coalition Meeting Minutes and Memos, 1994-1998 29
  Folder
Disability Budget Coalition Agenda and Reports, 1994-2001 30
  Folder
Pennsylvania's Community Services Program for Persons with Physical Disabilities Report, 2001 31
  Folder
Handicapped Parking Fine Increase Legislation, 1989 32
  Folder
People First Resolution, 1991 33
  Folder
Health and Welfare Council of Westmoreland County Speech, 1998 34
  Folder
Pennsylvania Community Providers Association Speech, 1999 35
  Folder
Long Term Care Forum, 1999 36
  Folder
Cardiovascular Care Conference Speech, 2000 37
  Folder
Pennsylvania Community Providers Speech, 2002 38
  Folder
National Respite Care Speech, 2002 39
  Folder
Northern Area Personal Care Home Administrator's Association Speech, 2003 40
  Folder
Staunton Farm Foundation Speech, 2004 41
  Folder
Kukovich's Remarks on the Welfare Reform Bill, 1995 42
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Health Care Reform Forum, 1992 43
  Folder
Westmoreland County Health Care Roundtable Discussion, 2004 44

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Series  III. Environment and Transportation, 1981-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Series III contains materials related to environmental and transportation issues. Beginning in the late 1990s, Kukovich was actively involved in the fight to have Pittsburgh selected from among several candidates to receive funding for a high speed magnetic rail system by Maglev Corporation. This series includes studies and reports that cover this planning process. The remainder of the series focuses primarily on environmental issues supported by the Congressman, including the Clean Air Act and renewable energy. Of interest is Kukovich's stance on emissions testing because it placed two issues of importance to him in conflict: though he supported the environmental aspects of the bill, he ultimately opposed it because of the burden it placed on the consumer.

  BoxFolder
High Speed Intercity Rail Passenger Commission Act, 1981 81
  Folder
Maglev- Defined Need Report, 1996 2
  Folder
Maglev- Proposal Plan and Feasibility Study II, 1996-1998 3
  Folder
Maglev- Discussions, 1997-1998 4
  Folder
Maglev- Meeting Report and Business Plan Overview, 1998 5
  Folder
Maglev- FRA Review Meeting, 1999 6
  Folder
Maglev- Deployment Program, 2001 7-8
  Folder
Maglev- Legislative Update, n.d. 9
  Folder
Maglev- Planning Meetings, 2000-2002 10-11
  Folder
Maglev- Public Meeting Guide, 2003 12
  Folder
Maglev- Transit Visions Policy Conference Materials, 2001 13
  Folder
Maglev- Reports and Q As, 1997-2000 14
  Folder
Maglev- Media Conference, 1996 15
  Folder
Maglev- Correspondence, 1993-2003 16-20
  Folder
Maglev- Articles, 1997 21
  Folder
Maglev- Clippings and Press Releases, 1991-2002 22-24
  Folder
Maglev- Pamphlets, n.d. 25
  Folder
Maglev- CargoLifter Inc. Information, 2000 26
  Folder
Emissions- Program Final Report and Overview, 1994 27
  Folder
Emissions- Fact Sheets, 1995-1997 28
  Folder
Emissions- Testimony and Floor Remarks, 1997 29
  Folder
Emissions- Testing Press Releases, 1994-1996 30
  Folder
Emissions- Clippings, 1994-1995 31
  Folder
Emissions- Correspondence, 1993-1997 32
  Folder
Clean Air Bill, 1989 33
  Folder
Federal Clean Air Act Compliance Letter, 1992 34
  Folder
Kukovich's U.S. Congressional Testimony on Clean Air Act, 1997 35
  Folder
Pennsylvania Clean Air Act Hearing Testimonies, 1981, 1992 36
  Folder
Clean Air Act Correspondence, 1981-1999 37
  Folder
Clean Air Act Press Release, 1999 38
  Folder
Clean Air Act Clippings, 1990-1997 39
  Folder
PennCONSERVE, 2001-2004 40
  BoxFolder
Energy Policy, 2001 91
  Folder
Alternative Energy, 1989 2
  Folder
Thornburgh and Kukovich Energy Ads, 1992 3
  Folder
Renewable Energy Conference Speech, 2004 4
  Folder
Natural Gas Bills Press Conferences Reports, 1981-1982 5
  Folder
PENNVEST Reports, 1987-1991 6
  Folder
PENNVEST Correspondence and Press Releases, 1987-1988 7
  Folder
PENNVEST Press Packet, 2003-2004 8
  Folder
House Research of Municipal Sewer Water and Solid Waste Authorities, 1992 9
  Folder
Water and Sewer Improvement Bond Issue Bill, 2001 10

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Series  IV. Consumer Protection, 1977-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

Series IV spans many different consumer issues, from plain language in legal documentation to tort reform, though it lacks depth on any given topic.

  Folder
Kukovich's Consumer Protection Legislative History, c. 1984 11
  Folder
Consumer Omnibus Bill Explanations and Testimony, 1999 12
  Folder
Consumer Omnibus Clippings and Correspondence, 1999 13
  Folder
Plain Language- Bills, 1981-1993 14
  Folder
Plain Language- Testimony, n.d. 15
  Folder
Plain Language- Correspondence, 1983-1994 16
  Folder
Plain Language- Press Releases, 1985, 1993 17
  Folder
Plain Language- Articles and Clippings, 1981-1993 18
  Folder
Product Liability- Fact Sheets, 1980 and undated 19
  Folder
Product Liability- Pennsylvania Product Liability Act Commentary, 1989 20-21
  Folder
Product Liability- Reform Senate Hearing Testimony, 1990 22
  Folder
Product Liability- Report of the National Science Foundation, 1977 23
  Folder
Product Liability- Pennsylvania Civil Justice Coalition Report-Liability Insurance, 1986 24
  Folder
Product Liability- Review of Bill by AFL-CIO, 1987 25
  Folder
Product Liability- Report on Tort Law, n.d. 26
  Folder
Product Liability- Correspondence with Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1989-1992 27
  Folder
Product Liability- General Correspondence, 1986-1990 28
  Folder
Product Liability- Clippings, 1980-1999 29
  Folder
Product Liability- Kukovich's Comments and Notes, n.d. 30
  Folder
House Hearing on Utilities Reform, 1988 31
  Folder
Public Utility Commission Hearing Testimony and Motion to Strike , 1976-1977 32
  Folder
Public Utility Consumer Protection Correspondence, 1977 33
  Folder
Telephone Deregulation Testimony and Analysis, 1992 34
  Folder
Telephone Deregulation Correspondence and Clippings, 1991-1992 35
  Folder
Electric Utilities Reform Letter, 1996 36
  BoxFolder
Tort Reform Senate Hearing, 1999 101
  Folder
Tort Reform Report, 1995-1999 2-4
  Folder
Tort Reform Correspondence, 1997-2000 5
  Folder
Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council Legislative Priorities, no date 6

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Series  V. Criminal and Crime Reform, 1983-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Series V contains materials related to criminal and crime reform. The majority of materials of this series pertain to death penalty reform. Important legislation included under this topic are Post-Conviction DNA Testing, Senate Bill 26 (prohibition of the death penalty for mentally retarded individuals), and a Death Penalty Moratorium. Also included in this series are other criminal reform measures such as earned time and proposed modifications to hate crime and civil rights laws. Specifically, the hate crimes bill expanded the definition of hate crimes to include gender orientation. The majority of materials in this series dates from 1997-2003.

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Post-Conviction DNA Testing- Bill, 2000 7
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Post-Conviction DNA Testing- Senate Hearing Testimonies, 2001 8-9
  Folder
Post-Conviction DNA Testing- Memos, 2000-2002 10
  Folder
Post-Conviction DNA Testing- Reports, 2000-2004 11
  Folder
Post-Conviction DNA Testing- Clippings, 2000-2001 12
  Folder
Senate Bill 26, 2001 13
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Senate Hearing Testimony, 2002 14-15
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Correspondence and Fact Sheets, 2002 16
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- House Strategy, n.d. 17
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- District Attorney Memos and Amendments, 2002-2003 18
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Helfrick and Kukovich Memos, 2002-2003 19
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- ACLU Memos, 2002-2004 20
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Department of Corrections Letter, 2003 21
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Clippings, 2002-2004 22
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty Report, 2002 23
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Support Letters, 2002-2003 24
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Opposition Letters, 2002-2004 25
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Bill in Senate, 2002 26
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Fact Sheets and Pamphlets, 2002 27
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Notes, n.d. 28
  Folder
Senate Bill 26- Letter about a Mentally Retarded Death Row Inmate, 2003 29
  Folder
Death Penalty Moratorium Bill and Overview, 1999 30
  Folder
Death Penalty Moratorium Senate Hearing, 2000 31
  Folder
Senate Hearing Supporting Papers, 2000 32
  Folder
Death Penalty Moratorium Strategy and Testimonies, 2000 33
  Folder
Hearing Testimony on Racism in Sentencing, 2000 34
  Folder
Response Report on Racism in Sentencing, 2000 35
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Pro-Death Penalty Testimony, 2000 36
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Voices of Innocence Rally Tour Materials, 2002 37
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Voices of Innocence Tour Press Coverage, 2002 38
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Correspondence Relating Personal Experiences with Death Penalty, 1997-2000 39
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Innocence Appeals Correspondence, 2000-2002 40
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Correspondence from Religious Institutions, 1989-2001 111
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Non-Religious Correspondence in Support of Moratorium, 1997-2001 2
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Reports on the Financial Aspects of the Death Penalty, 1994-2000 3
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American Bar Association Death Penalty Stance, 1997 4
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Death Penalty General Facts, 1999-2001 5
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Opinion Research Poll on Death Penalty, 2001 6
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Death Penalty for Juveniles Bills, 1987-2003 7
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Female Death Row Inmates Report, 1996 8
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Videotaped Confessions Report, 2002 9
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Death Row Prisoner Misconduct Reports and Clippings, 2000-2001 10
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Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct, 2001 11
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Death Penalty Clippings General, 1995-2003 12
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Death Penalty Articles, 1987-2001 13
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Death Penalty Notes, n.d. 14
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Earned Time Bills, 1987, 1989 15
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House Hearing on Earned Time, 1987 16
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Earned Time Reports, 1987 17
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General Earned Time Correspondence, 1987-1989 18
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Pennsylvania Prison Society Correspondence, 1987-1989 19
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Earned Time Clippings, 1989-1990 20
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Witness Competency Bill and Supporting Documents, 1989-1993 21
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Operation Outward Reach Pamphlets and Reports, 1995-2000 22
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Operation Outward Reach Press Releases, 1998 23
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Operation Outward Reach Correspondence, 1997-1999 24
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House Resolution to Investigate Hate Crimes, 1995 25
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Hate Crimes Research, 1994-1997 26
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Letter to House Democrats about Hearing, 1995 27
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Militia Testimonies, 1995 28
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Kukovich Tolerance Meeting with Faith Leaders, 1998 29
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Faith Leaders' Hate Crime Correspondence and Memos, 1998-2000 30
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Faith Leaders Articles, 1999-2000 31
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Anti-Mask Legislation, 1997 32
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Civil Rights Expansion Bill, 2001 33
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Civil Rights Expansion Bill Research, 1997-2000 34
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Civil Rights Expansion Media, 1997-2002 35
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Correspondence with Pennsylvania Lesbian and Gay Task Force, 1998-2001 36
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Civil Rights Expansion Correspondence, 1998-2000 37
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Civil Rights Expansion Correspondence, 2002-2003 38
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Litigation to Overturn the Civil Rights Expansion Act, 2003 39-40
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Religious Freedom Protection Act Correspondence and Clippings, 2002 41
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Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Bill, 1983-1993 42

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Series  VI. Children's Issues, 1985-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

Series VI consists of materials related to Children's Issues. Kukovich served as co-chair of the Children's Caucus beginning in 1985, and his papers contain a significant amount of reports, hearings, and research on various children's issues that are reflected in this series. Of greatest depth are organizational papers and reports from the Children's Trust Fund and legislation concerning education programs. For CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) papers, see Series II: Health Care).

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Pennsylvania Children's Caucus, 1985 121-6
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Summary of Pennsylvania Programs for Women and Children, 1993 7
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Children's Budget Highlights, 1993-1994 8
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Children's Trust Fund- Act and Fact Sheets, 1988 9
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Children's Trust Fund- Board ByLaws and Work Plan, 1989 10
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Children's Trust Fund- Board Meeting Minutes, 1990-2003 11
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Children's Trust Fund- Grant Requests, 1990 12
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Children's Trust Fund- Annual Reports, 1994-1999 13-18
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Children's Trust Fund- State Plan, 1998-1999 19
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Children's Trust Fund- Annual Report, 2000 20
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Children's Trust Fund- State Plan, 2000-2001 21
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Children's Trust Fund- Annual Report, 2001 22
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Children's Trust Fund- State Plan, 2002-2003 23
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Children's Trust Fund- Performance Audit, 1997 24
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Children's Trust Fund- Hearing and Testimony, 1997-1998 25
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Children's Trust Fund- Correspondence, 1987 26
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Children's Trust Fund- Press Releases and Clippings, 1985-1989 27
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Child Abuse Bill, 1989 28
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Child Protective Services Hearings, 1989 29-31
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Child Protective Services Correspondence, 1989-1993 32
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Child Protective Services Expansion Bill, 1993 33
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Child Support Legislation, 1987-1988 34
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Adoption Legislation, 1995 35
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Women Infants, and Children Fund- Bills, 1986-2001 36
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Women Infants, and Children Fund- Correspondence, Memos, and Notes, 1986-1999 37
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Women Infants, and Children Fund- Clippings and Press Releases, 1986-2001 38
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Women Infants, and Children Fund- Pamphlets, 1990-1995 39
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Head Start- Bills, 1991-1999 40
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Head Start- House Hearing Testimony, 1989 41
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Head Start- Correspondence and Reports, 1985-2003 42
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Head Start- Press Releases and Clippings, 1989-2000 43
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Child Care- Bills, 1998-2001 131
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Child Care- Press Releases, 1999 2
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Child Care- Clippings, 1998-1999 3
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Child Care- Workshop, 1988 4
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Early Education Concerns, 1986 5
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Education Advisory Board Papers, 1999 6
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General Assembly Special Session on Education, 2002 7
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Fair Chance Schools Plan and Research, 1999 8
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Early Childhood Education Hearing, 1994 9
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Secondary Education Costs Legislation, 1993-1995 10
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Education Constituent Correspondence, 2002 11
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School-to-Work Strategy, 1997 12
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Summit in Westmoreland, 1998-1999 13-14
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Committee the School-to-Work Partnership Papers, 1998 15
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School-to-Work Brochures and Reports, 1998-1999 16
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School-to-Work Career Fair Plans, 1996-1998 17
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Workforce Development Hearings and Seminars, 1997, 2001 18
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House Hearing on Parental Consent for Abortions for Minors, 1988 19
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Teen Abortion Research, 1990-1991 20
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State Initiatives for Parenting Teens, 1994 21
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Committee to Investigate Teen Suicide Report, 1986 22
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Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Plan, 1986-1988 23
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Newborn Health Screening Program Act, 1989-1992 24
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Delinquent Bill, 1999 25

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Series  VII. Political Reform, 1979-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

Series VII contains materials related to political reform. Reform of the political process was one of Kukovich's career-long crusades. Of primary interest was campaign finance reform, which is the strongest topic in this series. Papers relating to two organizations need mentioning here, namely Common Cause (a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization) and The Democracy Project (started by Kukovich to increase the accountability of government leaders and promote access to the political process). Most of the papers in this collection were created in the 1990s.

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Campaign Finance Reform- Bills, 1991-1997 26
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Campaign Finance Reform- Kukovich's Role, n.d. 27
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Campaign Finance Reform- Talking Points, n.d. 28
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Campaign Finance Reform- House Hearing, 1994 29
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Campaign Finance Reform- Research, n.d. 30
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Campaign Finance Reform- PowerPoint Presentation, n.d. 31
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Campaign Finance Reform- Speech to League of Women Voters, n.d. 32
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Campaign Finance Reform- State Supreme Court Report, 1998-2001 33
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Campaign Finance Reform- Press Releases, 1987-1996 34
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Campaign Finance Reform- Clippings, 1993-1996 35
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Campaign Finance Reform- Papers, 1979, 1993-2003 36-45
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Book - Money and Politics: Financing Our Elections Democratically, 1999 46
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Common Cause, 1980-1990 141-2
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Lobbyist Disclosure Legislation, 1983-1990 3
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Electorate Forum Discussion, 1995 4
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The Democracy Project Papers, 1996-2001 5
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Homeless Voter Registration Bills, 1988-1992 6
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Homeless Voter Registration Correspondence and Clippings, 1992-1993 7
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Independents Vote in Primary Bill, 1997-1999 8
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Reapportionment Bill and Plan, 1991-1992 9
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Reapportionment Clippings, 1992 10
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Bill to Change Date of Primaries, 1981-1999 11
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Commonwealth Right to Jury Trial Bill, 1997-1998 12
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Senate Hearing-Right of the Commonwealth to Jury Trial, 1998 13
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Commonwealth Right to Jury Trial Research, 1997-1998 14
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Commonwealth Right to Jury Trial Talking Points, 1998-1999 15
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Budgetary Process Legislation, 1990-1996 16
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Independent Regulatory Review Commission, 1981-2002 17
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General Assembly Reduction Legislation, 1997 18
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General Election Issues, 2001 19

Series  X. Municipal Grant Profiles, 1989-2004 

Scope and Contents note

Series X. contains municipal grant profiles and is the only series in the collection that remains organized as it was originally organized by Kukovich's office staff. Each file folder contains information on a grant that Kukovich assisted in securing for a municipality (or regional organization). The grant profiles are arranged in alphabetical order by the towns to which they applied. A good overview of Kukovich's work in grant funding work is available in the first file folder of the series, which is a booklet containing a list of all of the grants he successfully assisted with from 1997-2000. The booklet is organized by town and includes the grant names, years obtained, project overview, grant type, and amount of funding.

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Municipal Grant Profiles, 1997-2000 34
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Belle Vernon, 2001 35
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Conemaugh, Loyalhanna, Saltsburg, 2000 36
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East Huntingdon, 1998 37
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Greensburg, 1996-2003 38-43
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Harrisburg, 2003 44
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Hempfield, 2003 45
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Jeanette, 1992-1998 46-48
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Larimer, 1991-1995 161
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Latrobe, 1998-2004 2-6
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Loyalhanna, 2000 7
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Manor, 2001 8
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Mon Valley, 1997 9
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Mount Pleasant, 2000 10-11
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New Alexandria, 1997 12
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New Stanton, 1998 13
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North Huntingdon, 1990-1999 14-16
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Penn Borough, 1998 17
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Penn Township, 1999-2001 18-19
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Rostraver, 1998-2000 20-21
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Smithton, 1997-2001 22-23
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South Huntingdon, 1999 24
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Unity, 1998-2001 25
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Westmoreland, 1989-2004 26-44
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West Newton, 1996-2001 171-4
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York, 1997 5
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Youghiogheny Trail, 1997-1999 6-7
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Youngstown, 1997-1999 8-9
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Youngwood, 1998-2002 10
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Misc. DCED Grants, 1998-2001 11
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Misc. PIC Grants, 1997-1998 12
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Misc. Grants, 1997-1998 13

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Series  VIII. Economic Development, 1983-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

Series VIII consists of materials related to economic development. This small series contains correspondence, bills, clippings, and reports on various strategies for regional and municipal economic development. As the steel industry filtered out of western Pennsylvania in the 1980s, the state legislature sought ways to rebuild the region; some of their plans, including Regional Renaissance and Plan B, are outlined in this series. Regional Renaissance was a plan to create jobs and preserve regional assets by investing in infrastructure and regional attractions. Plan B aimed at raising funds for a new stadium and convention center. Kukovich also supported the protection of workers under legislation that would require advanced notification of plant shut-downs.

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Economic Development Strategy, 1984-1998 20
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Economic Development Position, n.d. 21
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Economic Development Goals and Projects, 1998 22
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Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Alliance Correspondence, 1998 23
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Southwestern Regional Planning Commission Presentation, 1998 24
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Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Correspondence, 2000 25
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Regional Development Financial Subcommittee Paper, 1998 26
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Regional Planning Research and Notes, 1998 27
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Economic Conversion- Bills, 1987-1993 28
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Economic Conversion- National Commission Speech, 1990-1991 29
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Economic Conversion- Memos, 1987-1997 30
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Economic Conversion- Correspondence, 1987-1993 31
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Economic Conversion- Clippings, 1990-1993 32
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Notification of Plant Closings- Bills, 198-1995 33
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Notification of Plant Closings- Correspondence and Memos, 1983-1993 34
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Notification of Plant Closings- Clippings, 1983-1990 35
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Notification of Plant Closings- Kukovich Testimony, 1984 36
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Regional Renaissance- Legislation, 1997 37
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Regional Renaissance- Correspondence, 1997 38
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Regional Renaissance- Clippings, 1997 39
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Regional Renaissance- TV Editorials, 1997 40
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Plan B Outline, 1997 41
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Plan B News Conference, 1998 42
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Plan B Correspondence and Clippings, 1997-1999 43
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Roundtable Discussion on the Region's Future, 1997 44
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Borrowing for Capital Facilities Bill, 1999 45
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Plan B Funding, 1999 46
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Local Development Districts Report, 1996 47
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Industrial Development Report, 1997 48
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Regional Economic Revitalization Index, 1999 49
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Downtown Development Bill, 1998 50
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University of Pittsburgh Fiscal Needs, 1999-2000 51

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Series  IX. Poverty, 1985-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

Series IX contains materials related to poverty. Legislation concerning affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, and hunger are found in the Poverty series. Papers relating to several organizations are also here. Most important to Kukovich's life was the Pennsylvania Institute on Public Policy (PIPP), which he organized in 1989. The goal of the organization, according to their mission statement, was to develop and promote effective and progressive policies to decrease poverty and enable low-income Pennsylvanians to achieve a decent standard of living. The other acronym whose full name is important in understanding this series in LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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Pennsylvania Institute on Public Policy (PIPP), Organizational Information, n.d. 151
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(PIPP), Dislocated Worker Project, 1991 2
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(PIPP), Rural Poverty Research, 1990 3
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(PIPP), State Agenda and Revenue Plan, 1993, 1995 4
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(PIPP), Correspondence, 1987-1995 5
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(PIPP), Press Releases, 1994 6
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(PIPP), Clippings, 1994 7
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Welfare Reports, 1994 8
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PA Welfare Coalition Papers, 2003 9
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Public Interest Institute Papers, 1987 10
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Homeowner's Emergency Mortgage Assistance Fund Legislation, 1983 11
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Affordable Housing- Trust Fund Bill, 1991 12
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Affordable Housing- Research and Planning, 1991-1993 13
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Affordable Housing- Five Year Study, 1991 14
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Affordable Housing- State Reports, 1990, 1998 15
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Affordable Housing- Clippings, 1990 16
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Affordable Housing- Notes, n.d. 17
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Manufactured Housing House Hearing, 1992 18
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LIHEAP Bills, 1985-1993 19
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LIHEAP Committee Reports, 1987 20
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LIHEAP Correspondence, 1987-1994 21
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HIHEAP Press Releases and Clippings, 1985-1989 22
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Human Services Development Fund Bill, 1993 23
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Human Services Coalition Organizational Papers, 1990-1996 24-27
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Human Services Coalition Clippings, 1990-1993 28
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Legal Task Force for the Needy Papers, 1990-1993 29-31
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Hunger Issues, 1986, 2002-2003 32
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Minimum Wage Legislation, 1993 33

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Series  XI. Other Initiatives and Organizational Involvements, 1981-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

Series XI contains important legislation and Kukovich's various organizational memberships that did not easily fall into the specific categories above. A single file folder containing mostly correspondence sheds light on the views of the Congressman and his constituents on the controversial issue of the legalization of gambling in the city. The one legislative issue with significant documentation is the SERVIS (Seniors Earning Rebates Volunteering in Schools) program developed by Allen. In lieu of accepting a pay raise in the late 1980s, Kukovich established a public service scholarship program for high school seniors. Application information, correspondence, press releases, clippings, and photos about the scholarship from mixed years (1989-2004) are found here.

Kukovich also belonged to many organizations over his years in the legislature, papers documenting this involvement are included in this series. Among them are those collected during his time on the Board of Directors of WQED, Pittsburgh's PBS station; the Public Interest Law Group for which he served as Vice President in 1986; and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Democracy (PAD). Though the details of membership and mission are unclear from the contents of this collection, Kukovich also started what he termed "The Breakfast Club" to discuss budgetary issues from 1998-2002.

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Kukovich Scholarship- Application Information, 1995-2003 14
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Kukovich Scholarship- Correspondence, 1999-2001 15
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Kukovich Scholarship- Clippings and Press Releases, 1996-2002 16
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Kukovich Scholarship- Fundraisers, 1998-2002 17
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Kukovich Scholarship-Photos, 1989-2004 18
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WQED- Minutes, 1995-1996 19
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WQED- Reports, 1995-1997 20
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WQED- Correspondence, 1995-1997 21
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WQED- Press Releases, 1995, 1997 22
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PAD Meeting Minutes, 2000 23
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PAD Correspondence, 2000-2002 24
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PAD Publications, 2000-2003 25
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Breakfast Club Correspondence, 1998-2002 26
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Pittsburgh Public Interest Law Group Organizational Papers, 1986 27
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Marital Rape Bills, 1981-1988 28
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Abortion Control Bill, 1987 29
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Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Commission Bill, 1987-1989 30
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Township Treasurer Compensation Bill, 1987-1991 31
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Loan Interest and Protection Bill, 1989 32
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County Sales Tax Bill, 1990-1991 33
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National Library Week Bill, 1991 34
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County Boundary Bill, 1993 35
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SERVIS Program Information, 1995-1999 36
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SERVIS Correspondence, 1997-2001 37
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SERVIS Clippings, 1994-2003 38
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Police Loan Program Bill, 1997 39
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Homestead Exemption Tax, 1997-1999 40
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Uniform Construction Code Bill, 2004 41
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Gambling Bill, 2004 42
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Backend Referendum Bill, 2004 43

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Series  XII. Audio/Visual Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

Series XII contains VHS, Beta, and 8mm videotapes; audio cassettes and compact discs; and data compact discs. These materials contain campaign advertisements, television appearances, radio talk shows, debates, materials on research subjects, and materials from constituents.

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Audio/Visual Materials 18-22

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