PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said the state House of Representatives today unanimously passed his legislation to provide extra protection against elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. Read more
Today more than 500 students committed their day to the service of others at Global Youth Service Day. Students from various schools and youth centers completed service projects throughout Erie to help make the community a better place to live. Read more
State lawmakers are working to create a hybrid of drug and mental health courts for veterans across the Pennsylvania to keep nonviolent servicemen and women out of jail and in treatment. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, today held a joint news conference at the state Capitol to reintroduce their legislation that would establish veterans’ courts statewide. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said the state House Judiciary Committee today approved his legislation designed to protect against elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. Read more
Pennsylvanians convicted of animal cruelty would have to give up the animals they harmed under legislation pending in the state legislature. Read more
According to experts, an animal is abused every 60 seconds in the U.S.
Pennsylvania House Bill 869 is proposed to prevent animal cruelty and remove animals from owners who are convicted of abusing their pets. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has recently introduced legislation designed to prevent animal cruelty and prohibit convicted animal abusers from further caring for animals they have harmed. Read more
An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans' housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek Township, announced this morning. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 27 – An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans’ housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf proposes to double the state's tourism marketing budget in his 2015-16 budget. Read more
ERIE, March 25 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from business leaders and representatives from the tourism industry about Pennsylvania’s economy and potential for job growth at a hearing requested by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie.
The House Democrats are looking to Erie for suggestions on improving the outlook of jobs in our region. State Representative Ryan Bizzarro is the vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and has been traveling around the Commonwealth with his colleagues. They're focusing on different aspects of our budget and policies, including jobs. Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf said he would be a different kind of governor.
And his first budget presented Tuesday reflects a variety of differences in the way that Pennsylvania would spend money and tax its citizens. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 proposed budget:
“Governor Wolf’s bold and creative plan is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania. After four years of abysmal job numbers, harmful education cuts and disregard for the middle class, this proposal is a welcome change that reinvests in our students, seniors and hardworking citizens.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015-- The PA House of Representatives voted 114 to 87 on Thursday to pass a House Bill 466 that could allow liquor privatization. The Republican-backed plan would remove the state from the liquor stores and would change the way consumers purchase alcohol. Those in favor of the bill, believe that privatizing liquor sales would give easier access to consumers. Those opposed disagree saying it wouldn't benefit PA residents. Read more
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