Freeman bill would establish tutoring program in all Pa. public schools

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – Although the school year ended several weeks ago, state Rep. Robert Freeman is looking ahead to improving academic performance in future school years. Under legislation introduced by Freeman, students in 11th and 12th grade would receive academic credit for tutoring elementary school-aged children. Read more

 

Freeman bill would help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Municipalities with high levels of tax-exempt property, such as major universities, nonprofit medical facilities, government offices or state forests and game lands would be eligible for special financial assistance from the state, under legislation introduced by Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Historic preservation grant provided to D&L National Heritage Corridor

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor today was awarded a $25,000 state grant, announced Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

Freeman announces local state grants

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Robert Freeman today announced that four projects in his legislative district were awarded $192,283 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Learn more about climate change

(May 17, 2019)

Join state Reps. Robert Freeman, Steve Samuelson, environmental organizations, and local community leaders for a Climate on Tap happy hour! You will learn more about climate change impacts and solutions in the Lehigh Valley, discuss ways you can take action, and meet friends and allies in this fight. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

House committee OKs extended participation in Main Street program

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – The House Local Government Committee unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Robert Freeman that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program from five years to 10 years. Read more

 

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, Lee James and state Sen. David G. Argall said a report about the state’s historic preservation incentive tax credit program shows it is successful but that it should be enhanced. Read more

 

Auditor general would examine legislature’s expenses, under Freeman bill

(Apr 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – The state auditor general would be required to audit the General Assembly’s expenses and its legislative services agencies annually, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Freeman bill would permit extended participation in Main Street program

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – Communities would be allowed to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program an additional five years, for up to 10 years, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Reps. Robert Freeman and Lee James and state Sens. David G. Argall and Judy Schwank today introduced legislation that would make improvements to the state historic preservation incentive tax credit program. Read more

 

Easton projects funded through $3.1 million in state grants

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – An elementary school, numerous streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements and a new hydro facility will be built in Easton, thanks to more than $3.1 million in state grants that were awarded today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, announced Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman: Easton to receive community revitalization grant

(Feb 25, 2019)

EASTON, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced the city of Easton has received a $25,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program. As one of 43 recipients, Easton will utilize the funding to develop a comprehensive and citywide economic development strategy to continue building on current successful initiatives and to assist in attracting new investments, increasing the tax base and lowering the overall crime rate. “I am happy to see that Easton received this critical funding and to be able to continue building a stronger community,” Freeman said. “Strong communities and strong economies go hand-in-hand, and I am proud to advocate for investments that support both. This grant will help assess what currently works and what more can be done in the future to enhance all aspects of our community.” The Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. Since January 2015, the Wolf administration approved more than $22 million through the program to fund 131 projects statewide, including façade grants for businesses, accessible housing projects, public infrastructure improvements, and other projects to strengthen Read more

 

Lower Saucon Road Bridge to be replaced with state grant

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – A Northampton County bridge will be replaced thanks in part to a $219,640 state grant which was awarded today, according to Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Rep. Freeman joins bipartisan effort to push rules reform

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, participated in a news conference today to unveil resolutions designed to give Pennsylvania residents more transparency in the legislative process. A group of House Democrats and Republican lawmakers are offering several reforms to the House rules at the beginning of the 2019-20 legislative session. Freeman plans to introduce a resolution that would amend the House rules to ensure the integrity of the discharge resolution process. This resolution is one in a package of proposed rules changes being promoted by Fair Districts PA. “My resolution would ensure that parliamentary maneuvers could not be used to block the discharging of a bill from committee,” Freeman said. Freeman said under his proposal to change the rules, once the discharge resolution has been placed on the House calendar, the committee in possession of the bill would not be able to take any action on the bill other than reporting it to the full House for consideration without amending it. “The House rules procedure is complicated enough and this package of bills would provide a clearer rules process that allows good legislation to move forward without being bottled up in committee,” Freeman said. Other proposals the bipartisan group is fighting for include: Giving citizens more time to offer input on House Rules by making the rules adopted on January 1 st temporary for 75 days and Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more

 

Rep. Freeman reappointed Democratic chiarman of the House Local Government Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

Freeman reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, has been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Freeman has served as the Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee since 2006. He authored legislation that created the state’s Elm Street program, which assists older urban residential areas in revitalizing their neighborhoods. He was also one of the leaders in the Municipalities Planning Code revisions enacted in 2000 that became Acts 67 and 68 of that year. “I am extremely honored to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee since 2006,” Freeman said. “I have many shared goals with local governments to implement legislation that would benefit the communities of Pennsylvania." The 136 th Legislative District includes Easton, all of Williams and parts Lower Saucon and Palmer townships, and the boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3

(Nov 28, 2018)

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3 BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford Read more

 

Freeman bill would establish tutoring program in all Pa. public schools
Jun 27, 2019

Freeman bill would help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties
Jun 26, 2019

Historic preservation grant provided to D&L National Heritage Corridor
Jun 05, 2019

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
May 22, 2019

Freeman announces local state grants
May 22, 2019

Learn more about climate change
May 17, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 16, 2019

House committee OKs extended participation in Main Street program
May 16, 2019

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program
May 15, 2019

Auditor general would examine legislature’s expenses, under Freeman bill
Apr 30, 2019

Freeman bill would permit extended participation in Main Street program
Apr 16, 2019

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program
Apr 09, 2019

Easton projects funded through $3.1 million in state grants
Mar 26, 2019

Freeman: Easton to receive community revitalization grant
Feb 25, 2019

Lower Saucon Road Bridge to be replaced with state grant
Feb 01, 2019

Rep. Freeman joins bipartisan effort to push rules reform
Jan 29, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 23, 2019

Rep. Freeman reappointed Democratic chiarman of the House Local Government Committee
Jan 07, 2019

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3
Nov 28, 2018