Wolf Administration Announces Approved 2019 ACA Health Insurance Rates, Highlighting Rate Decreases, More Consumer Choice

(Oct 18, 2018)

I commend the Insurance Commissioner and the Wolf Administration for working hard to keep individual market premiums from rising out of control. Read more

 

DeLuca secures $288,000 recycling grant award for Penn Hills

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that Penn Hills was awarded a $288,000 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. DeLuca, who advocated for the grant, said it can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. “Recycling can be done in different ways, but they all have the same result in bettering our communities,” DeLuca said. “Recycling is environmentally friendly and makes economic sense. It’s just a great thing to do.” In 2015, the state recycled over 7.78 million tons of resources, which resulted in more than 10.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions removed from the air, saving 1.4 million in electricity in American homes per year or 2.12 million in passenger vehicles taken off the road for a year, according to DEP. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. For more information on the grants visit the DEP’s website . Read more

 

Grants awarded to improve school safety in schools

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today announced $43,000 in state grants was awarded to the Plum Borough School District and the Fox Chapel Area School District to improve safety in schools. The Plum Borough School District was funded with a $30,000 grant to provide training and compensation for school resource officers, DeLuca said. This is the second year of the funding for the district. The Fox Chapel Area School District was awarded $13,000 to a program to reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a safer learning environment, in addition to enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools, parents, law enforcement and community organizations. “No student, educator, parent or guardian should ever feel unsafe when attending, working or dropping their child off at school,” DeLuca said. “Providing extra security measures is a step in the right direction to ensuring that our students remain secure while they receive their education.” Seventy-five school entities, municipalities and police departments were awarded part of the $3.3 million for SRO compensation. SROs are law enforcement officers from local or state law enforcement agencies assigned to schools in cooperative agreements with education officials. Applicants were eligible for up to $60,000 in grants. Approximately $1.04 million was awarded to 60 public schools to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violent Read more

 

DeLuca: Republican majority bill that would replace vehicle leases with mileage reimbursement for official travel would hurt taxpayers

(Oct 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A bill the House majority passed Monday that would eliminate leased vehicles for General Assembly members and require a mileage reimbursement program is nothing more than a “feel-good” measure that would end up costing taxpayers more in the long run, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the bill – designed to look like a cost-saving measure – would instead leave taxpayers footing the additional bill in many cases. “On Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives again went the path of partisanship and election-year politics by voting to pass this terrible bill,” DeLuca said. “Why would we want to do away with a program that costs less? The answer is that the majority under the guise of ‘good government’ wants to advance what amounts to a feel-good bill to be used for a headline or talking points in this re-election year.” DeLuca said under the current system, General Assembly members may use fleet vehicles owned by the Department of General Services – the agency responsible for leasing vehicles in the commonwealth. The DGS cost on leased vehicles is 25 cents per mile. House Bill 482 would eliminate use of DGS-owned vehicles and instead reimburse members for their miles logged on their personal vehicles at a rate of nearly 55 cents per mile. DeLuca offered the following numbers to make the difference clear: Members of the General Assembly Read more

 

Join me for my Senior Fair this Thursday!

(Oct 01, 2018)

My Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road. Read more

 

Penn Hills in line to get $530K in grants for sewer, water infrastructure

(Oct 01, 2018)

Featured article regarding funding for Penn Hills. Read more

 

DeLuca: DEP to host public hearing on injection well on Oct. 1

(Sep 18, 2018)

The DEP will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at the Plum Borough School District's Oblock Junior High School Auditorium, 440 Presque Isle Drive, Pittsburgh. Read more

 

DeLuca announces state grants awarded for local projects

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that $832,051 in state grants has been awarded for five projects within his legislative district. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded funding for the following: $418,200 to Penn Hills to replace a section of the Lime Hollow Road sewer line to meet the requirements of the wet weather design flows approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; $110,517 to the Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority to upgrade a water storage tank in the Municipality of Penn Hills to address water age issues; $78,334 to Verona Borough to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes to repair its sanitary system; $150,000 to Oakmont Borough in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for phases two and three of the Plum Creek Trail System in Oakmont and Verona boroughs and the Municipality of Penn Hills. Phase two includes removing fill to improve flood carrying capacity and Phase three consists of a bridge and trail accessible to walkers, runners and bicyclists; and $75,000 to the Borough of Plum in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for improvements to Renton Park, including a new play area, new play structures and a poured in soft surface. “This funding will allow us to replace sewer lines and address any archaic issues with our water system,” DeLuca said. “Water infrastructure can affect our public health, so it’s important that we Read more

 

DeLuca: PIDA has approved a low-interest loan for TruFood Mfg., Inc. to expand in RIDC Industrial Park in O’Hara Township

(Sep 05, 2018)

The project is expected to create over 50 jobs and keep 470 jobs within three years. Read more

 

To honor a true American hero, let’s end the partisan politics that divide us

(Aug 29, 2018)

On behalf of myself and my colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I want to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Senator John McCain, who gave so much to make this country a better place. From war hero to political icon, McCain lived his life according to the dictates of his own conscience, never yielding to corrupt or threatening influences, no matter how powerful. Outspoken and unswayed by political pressure, McCain was never afraid to cross the aisle when he believed the issue demanded it, and he was never afraid to stand up and speak out for what he believed was right. He respected – and was respected by – those on both sides. Graceful both in victory and defeat, he represented the best in non-partisan politics. As our country honors McCain with tributes to his remarkable life, there is another way my colleagues and I – as representatives of the people – can honor his spirit. In his recently published memoir, “The Restless Wave,” McCain described a wish, writing: “Before I leave, I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different.” Sadly, McCain never lived to see this happen. But his words challenge us to keep trying. They challenge us to ask: How we can do our part, as representatives of the people, to change the Read more

 

YMCA letters: My request and their response

(Aug 24, 2018)

I sent a letter to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh regarding and attached is their response. Read more

 

DeLuca: An update on short-term limited-duration health insurance

(Aug 21, 2018)

Insurers who sell or plan to sell short-term, limited-duration (STLD) health insurance plans, must file or refile their plans in order to comply with new federal regulations. Read more

 

DeLuca: Local facility issued medical marijuana grower/processor permit

(Aug 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A local facility is among 13 companies issued grower/processor permits for Phase II of the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, state Rep. Tony DeLuca announced today. The permit to Maitri Genetics, LLC, will allow the company to move forward with plans to ready its O’Hara Township facility for growing and processing operations. DeLuca said he is thrilled about the decision to grant Maitri the permit, noting that expanding the program will bring a critical resource to Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions. State law currently authorizes medical marijuana use for 21 different conditions. “For patients with debilitating pain, medical marijuana is more than just an option – it can be a lifeline,” DeLuca said. “I applaud the Wolf administration for issuing this permit to Maitri Genetics. It’s a move that will allow us to ease the suffering of patients in our region, while at the same time creating jobs and strengthening the local economy.” The latest round of permits is part of the Wolf administration’s plan to make medical marijuana available to every part of the state, including the southwest region. The state’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law in 2016, and Phase I involved laying the framework for the new program, which is being fully implemented and expanded in Phase II. To date, more than 52,000 patients and 1,000 physicians have registered to Read more

 

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 / 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4

(Jul 30, 2018)

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 and 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4 Read more

 

Good news from the state Insurance Commissioner

(Jul 23, 2018)

There’s good news today from the state Insurance Commissioner, who released the 2019 requested rate filings for individual and small-group health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The rate filings show a healthy, competitive insurance market in the commonwealth, with minimal rate increases and additional choices for consumers. Read more

 

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018

(Jun 28, 2018)

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018 Read more

 

DeLuca-amended bill passes House, heads to governor’s desk for signing

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – On Monday, H.B. 152 , which would assist beneficiaries in determining if a decedent had a life insurance policy in place, unanimously passed the House, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca. “I’m happy to announce the passing of House Bill 152,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “This is an important bill for consumer protection, and I’m glad to see that my previous legislation, House Bill 2434, was amended into this bill as a means of guaranteeing consumers are given the ample protection they deserve.” House Bill 2434 , which was amended into H.B. 152 by the state Senate, would establish criteria to ensure people have been reasonably informed about various policy features of an annuity before it is purchased; including surrender fees, investment advisory fees and tax penalties, among other consumer protections. If signed into law, DeLuca’s provision would update the suitability of annuity transactions of the Insurance Company Law and would prohibit an insurer from issuing an annuity recommendation to a consumer, unless there is a reasonable basis to believe that the annuity is in the best interest of the consumer. “Determining suitability would be based on the consumer’s information, including age, income, financial experience, risk tolerance and other factors,” DeLuca said. “Having this protection is of the utmost importance to our senior citizens, but this also provides all Read more

 

DEP Reminds Homeowners to Check for Mine Subsidence Risks

(Jun 14, 2018)

Pennsylvania homeowners have new tools at their disposal to identify risks and insure their property from underground mine subsidence, thanks to a newly revamped website from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Read more

 

DeLuca calls upon Republican committee chairman to release bill package

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Today, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, again called upon the State House Government Committee chairman to release his package of “good government” bills, which were referred to the committee more than a year ago. It’s Deluca’s third attempt in roughly two months to have the bill package – geared toward increasing political transparency and expanding voter rights throughout the commonwealth – released from the committee. “It’s been well over a year since Speaker of the House Mike Turzai referred my bills to this committee,” DeLuca said. “These bills will benefit all Pennsylvanians and provide transparency for politicians in Harrisburg, something which has been missing for quite some time. However, that doesn’t seem to matter to the committee chairman, who openly admitted to blocking bills sponsored by House Democrats.” In April, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, chairman of the House State Government Committee, acknowledged on his official state representative Facebook page that he blocks “all substantive Democrat legislation” sent to his committee. Today, DeLuca called upon Metcalfe to release H.B. 946 , H.B. 948 and H.B. 949 , three of the five measures included in his “good government” bill package. House Bill 946 would permit early voting; H.B. 948 would limit outside income for legislators to 35 percent of their base legislative pay; and Read more

 

DeLuca: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Recently it was announced that the deadline to apply for the state Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. This program is targeted to provide property tax and rent relief to older and disabled adults, so I encourage you to apply if you qualify. The maximum standard rebate is $650. Eligibility includes: Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. Residents who have an income limit of $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters; half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other criteria. For more information, call my office at 412-793-2448 or click here . Read more

 

Wolf Administration Announces Approved 2019 ACA Health Insurance Rates, Highlighting Rate Decreases, More Consumer Choice
Oct 18, 2018

DeLuca secures $288,000 recycling grant award for Penn Hills
Oct 12, 2018

Grants awarded to improve school safety in schools
Oct 04, 2018

DeLuca: Republican majority bill that would replace vehicle leases with mileage reimbursement for official travel would hurt taxpayers
Oct 03, 2018

Join me for my Senior Fair this Thursday!
Oct 01, 2018

Penn Hills in line to get $530K in grants for sewer, water infrastructure
Oct 01, 2018

DeLuca: DEP to host public hearing on injection well on Oct. 1
Sep 18, 2018

DeLuca announces state grants awarded for local projects
Sep 18, 2018

DeLuca: PIDA has approved a low-interest loan for TruFood Mfg., Inc. to expand in RIDC Industrial Park in O’Hara Township
Sep 05, 2018

To honor a true American hero, let’s end the partisan politics that divide us
Aug 29, 2018

YMCA letters: My request and their response
Aug 24, 2018

DeLuca: An update on short-term limited-duration health insurance
Aug 21, 2018

DeLuca: Local facility issued medical marijuana grower/processor permit
Aug 01, 2018

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 / 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4
Jul 30, 2018

Good news from the state Insurance Commissioner
Jul 23, 2018

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

DeLuca-amended bill passes House, heads to governor’s desk for signing
Jun 19, 2018

DEP Reminds Homeowners to Check for Mine Subsidence Risks
Jun 14, 2018

DeLuca calls upon Republican committee chairman to release bill package
Jun 13, 2018

DeLuca: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended
Jun 11, 2018