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, June 10 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement to waive state background check fees for volunteers working with children. “The governor’s action today is encouraging for our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to improving our communities,” Bizzarro said. “I am proud we will be able to continue protecting our children, as well as give some assistance to the volunteers who help them every day.”
Last fall, when Pennsylvania voters ousted a sitting governor for the first time in a century and a half, a resounding majority of the electorate skipped the historic occasion. This spring, when Philadelphia Democrats chose from an array of candidates for the city's highest office, the landslide - some 70 percent - was for doing something else. Meanwhile, nearly a fifth of the state's adults aren't even registered.
ERIE, June 4 – Joined by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services providers at West Lake Fire Department, state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro today voiced his support for legislation that would exempt emergency responders from paying more than $47 in fees for state and federal background clearances. Bizzarro discussed H.B. 1081 , which would excuse volunteer and paid firefighters and EMS providers from paying the $10 state Department of Human Services child abuse clearance fee, in addition to the $10 Pennsylvania State Police criminal background clearance fee. It would also waive FBI clearance fees, totaling nearly $30, provided the emergency responders have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have clean records. “Our volunteers put their lives on the line for us every day, while saving the commonwealth billions of dollars,” Bizzarro said. “We rely on them to keep our communities safe, even though many volunteer organizations’ budgets are suffering. Instead of potentially deterring many interested people from signing up to volunteer, we should ease the burden of these fees so our courageous men and women can continue to help improve our state.” According to Bizzarro, the fees are the unintended consequences from recent changes to the state’s child protection laws. “One of our most important jobs is to protect our children,” Bizzarro said. “However, we also need to look out for those caring Read more
State Representative Ryan Bizzarro says the time is now for Pennsylvania to implement same-day voter registration. Bizzarro held a news conference in Harrisburg today, urging the adoption of a bill he introduced earlier this year. Bizzarro says the bill would boost voter turnout by making registration easier. Read more
ERIE, Pa. -- HARRISBURG -- Erie County voter turnout in the May 19 primary was 21 percent -- a low percentage that's typical of nonpresidential election years. State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek Township, D-3rd Dist., said he thinks more people would vote if they could register on the same day as a primary or election, rather than the current system, which requires them to register at least 30 days before casting ballots.
HARRISBURG, June 1 – Voting rights advocates joined state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, at a news conference at the state Capitol today on Bizzarro’s legislation to make the electoral process easier through same-day voter registration. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State lawmakers are pushing legislation that would allow Pennsylvanians to vote on the same day they register. Pennsylvania would become the 13th state to permit same-day voter registration under House Bill 13. Read more
Legislation that seeks to boost voter turnout by making exercising this constitutional right more convenient in Pennsylvania is being pushed by two Democratic House members and several organizations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and lists 28 Democrats as its co-sponsors, would allow voters to register to vote at their county courthouse or polling place on the day of the election. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro today announced that GeorgeKo Industries Inc. in Erie County received a $9,500 Small Business Advantage Grant from the state. The plastic parts manufacturer is one of nearly 140 businesses statewide that will install energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects using grants provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP recently awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses for those purposes.
Here's a simple question: Did you vote in the primary on May 19? If you did, I commend you for exercising your basic right to elect our leaders and make your voice heard. But if you didn't vote, I'd encourage you to ask yourself why you didn't. Were you too busy? Did you forget? Are you unregistered, and did you find the voter registration process in Pennsylvania a bit inconvenient and antiquated? Read more
A recent case of animal cruelty is sparking local discussion regarding penalties in place for those who abuse, neglect and torture animals. In the State of Pennsylvania, first-time animal cruelty offenders receive a summary offense. However, legislation making it's way through Harrisburg would impose a harsher punishment, if passed. Read more
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
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
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