Don’t forget about upcoming Mon-Fayette public workshops

(Mar 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding the public about three upcoming workshops aimed at providing residents with Mon-Fayette Expressway project plans. “If you’ve had any thoughts or concerns regarding the status and update of this project, attending one of the public workshops may put your mind at ease and answer some of your lingering questions,” Kortz said. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is holding three open house public meetings to share Mon-Fayette Expressway project plans. The meetings will take place at Georgetown Centre, 526 East Bruceton Road, Pittsburgh, (Pleasant Hills) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, April 3; Wednesday, April 4; and Thursday, April 5. Turnpike representatives will be present to answer constituent questions about the expressway. Residents will also have a chance to speak with right-of-way specialists who can better explain the property acquisition process to those directly affected. “These public workshops are important in ensuring that the residents of the 38 th Legislative District are fully aware of the scopes of the project and how they potentially could be affected,” Kortz said. This project is the final of four Mon-Fayette Expressway segments geared toward providing a four-lane, limited-access expressway from I-68 in West Virginia to I-376 in the Pittsburgh area. Read more

 

Kortz to propose $30 million boost for Safe Schools grant program

(Feb 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – Noting that the recent deaths of 17 students and teachers in a Florida school shooting drives home the horrific realization that “something must be done,” state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is proposing a $30 million hike in funding for Pennsylvania's Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. Kortz is currently seeking co-sponsors for his bill, which in addition to boosting the program from $8.5 million to $38.5 million, calls for incremental increases until a $50 million threshold is reached. Kortz’s legislation also would permit school districts to apply for Safe Schools grants yearly, instead of every two years. “This funding would continue to be purposed for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, as well as for funding programs or security-related equipment that would address school safety and violence,” Kortz said. “When students, teachers, administrators, parents, and staff enter their school buildings each day, they are supposed to walk in with a sense of security and trust in the school’s ability to protect them from harm.” Addressing the seriousness with which elected officials nationwide must take shooting tragedies like the one in Parkland, Fla., Kortz added that when it comes to schools, “We as lawmakers are responsible for ensuring their continued safety so that those inside may work, teach, learn, and play in peace.” Read more

 

Rep. Kortz: Over $200,000 awarded to fire and medical emergency organizations within the 38th district

(Feb 16, 2018)

Harrisburg, Feb. 16 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced that funds from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program have been awarded to fire and emergency personnel within in his district. Through the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the grants are allotted to volunteer and career fire, emergency medical service and rescue companies. Sixteen organizations received grants in 38 th district. “Being a first responder is an admirable profession and I couldn’t be more proud of those who serve our communities,” said Kortz. “These grants will help fire and medical personnel to improve their facilities, purchase new equipment, reduce debt or enhance training if needed.” The grants were awarded to the following organizations: Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (Fire)$13,386 Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (EMS)$14,077 Broughton Volunteer Fire Department $14,676 Citizens Hose Company No. 1 $13,386 Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 $14,307 Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Company $12,096 Independent Hose Company No. 5 $11,911 Library Volunteer Fire Company $13,201 Option Independent Fire Company $11,911 Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company $15,000 Skyview Volunteer Fire Company West Mifflin No. 4$13,386 South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company $13,939 Vigilant Hose Company No. 1 $13,201 Volunteer Read more

 

2018 Trout Stocking Schedule, by county

(Feb 05, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released its 2018 trout stocking schedule, which you can search by county. Read more

 

South Park Township office hours cancelled for January; Seniors can call my office for tax preparation appointment

(Jan 10, 2018)

Due to the onset of tax preparation season – and the fact that we start taking tax appointments from seniors seeking free help starting Jan. 16. – there will be no South Park office hours this Thursday, Jan. 11. However, the monthly South Park office hours will resume Thursday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the South Park Township Municipal Building, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park . Starting Jan. 16, any senior interested in getting free tax preparation help from AARP-certified volunteers at our Dravosburg office should call us at (412) 466-1940 to make an appointment. We’ll be scheduling these sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon for the foreseeable future. We can also help you any time with applications for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program , its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) , obtaining a birth or death certificate , or filling out PennDOT renewal forms . As always, for more information on any state-related matter, please visit my legislative website or contact me . Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Kortz's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

West Mifflin Skyline Drive Road Repair Update 12/7/17

(Dec 07, 2017)

Pa. American Water Co. replaced a long section of water line and associated customer tie-ins on Skyline Drive road in West Mifflin recently. A temporary asphalt patch was done to make this section of road drivable; however, the temporary pave job is rough and unacceptable. A contractor will be addressing this temporary patch by smoothing out the rough sections and sealing the edges very soon. PennDOT will not allow this section to receive the final paving now, because the weather is too cold and the paving will not last. The final paving will take place in early spring when the weather is conducive. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. You can read more about the project HERE . Read more

 

Dec. 4 bus trip planned, limited seats still available

(Nov 28, 2017)

Seats are still available for my annual holiday bus trip to the state Capitol on Monday, Dec. 4. Read more

 

Kortz Recognizes Alzheimers Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month

(Nov 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz speaks on House Resolution 603 designating November 2017 as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Heavy lifting, tough decisions still needed to eliminate homestead property taxes

(Nov 17, 2017)

Heavy lifting, tough decisions still needed to eliminate homestead property taxes By a margin of 140,000 votes, a statewide ballot referendum that could lead to exempting homeowners from paying property taxes was approved by voters Nov. 7. Read more

 

Kortz Honors Service on Veterans Day

(Nov 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz spoke at Veterans Day ceremonies in Dravosburg and Whitehall on Saturday. Kortz explained why it is important to recognize their service and sacrifice year round. Read more

 

Kortz: Hunters can ‘share the harvest’ this Thanksgiving season

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – In addition to offering his good wishes this Thanksgiving season , state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding deer hunters that they can share their bounty with the less fortunate. Kortz, a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, said the Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program allows sportsmen to donate all or a portion of their hunting harvest to local families in need. “This is the 26 th year for Sharing the Harvest and during that time, more than 1.2 million pounds of venison have been donated,” Kortz said, adding, “One deer can yield meat for up to 200 meals, which can go a long way toward feeding the hungry.” Kortz said information on the program is available at www.sharedeer.org/ and you can find a list of local participating deer processors at www.sharedeer.org/meat-processors/ Noting that 120,515 pounds of ground venison were supplied to food banks from last year’s donations, Kortz said since there is no longer a $15 donor copayment – it was eliminated in 2014 – hunters must only follow the steps at www.sharedeer.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/HowToDonateADeer_2016.pdf to make a donation. In the spirit of the season, Kortz added that other organizations will be collecting food items to help the less fortunate, so there are abundant opportunities for everyone to help. “While Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessings of Read more

 

Pa. granted REAL ID extension through October 2018

(Oct 20, 2017)

For those of you concerned about our state’s compliance with federal REAL ID requirements, I wanted to share some good news. T he U.S. Department of Homeland Security has again extended Pennsylvania’s REAL ID enforcement “grace period” through October 10, 2018, as commonwealth officials work toward implementing the REAL ID requirements. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through that date. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. Customers are encouraged to begin gathering the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website. More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov For more information about Real ID, click here for the latest update. Read more

 

House approves bill requiring licensure of home inspectors

(Oct 18, 2017)

Rep. Bill Kortz reports that the state House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation that would require home inspectors to be licensed and establish statewide standards. “A home is usually a Pennsylvanian’s most important and expensive asset and the investment deserves protections,” said Kortz, who sponsored H.B. 1001 with Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon. Read more

 

Kortz to host Senior Fair Oct. 12, Shred-It Event Oct. 14

(Sep 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is announcing two popular constituent events scheduled for mid-October: his 10 th annual Senior Fair and his fifth annual Shred-It Event. Kortz said the Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Broughton VFD, 1030 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh (South Park). The Senior Fair features representatives from the state's departments of Aging and Human Services, as well as from local and county agencies and vendors who provide services to seniors. Attendees will be able to receive a free flu shot if they present their Medicare card, and blood pressure screenings will be available. The Shred-It Event will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14 at West Mifflin #3 VFC, 3722 Rodeo Drive, West Mifflin. Kortz reminds participants there is a two-box limit per vehicle and the Shred-It Event is for household items only, not for businesses. The shredding event enables local residents to dispose safely and securely of unneeded personal papers containing confidential information such as health or military records, Social Security numbers or financial information. “These two constituent service events always draw large crowds in the 38 th Legislative District, as seniors seek to avail themselves of information, programs and help available to them, and residents show up to safely dispose of confidential information like that printed on credit card and banking statements,” Read more

 

Kortz Recognizes South Park Girls Softball Team

(Sep 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz recognizes the South Park High School girls softball team for their PIAA 3A State Championship this season. Read more

 

From Harrisburg to South Hills, details on upcoming events and the latest on legislation in the works

(Sep 25, 2017)

Check out photos from around the South Hills community Read more

 

Mon Valley road work latest, legislative updates part of recent newsletter

(Sep 25, 2017)

Upcoming events, road work update, and the latest on legislation all part of a recent newsletter. Read more

 

Kortz: Amendment Would Hurt Property Owners

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz spoke on the House floor against an amendment dealing with property taxes and spot assessments. Kortz argued that the amendment would hurt property owners in the areas he represents. Read more

 

Kortz, English bipartisan ethical hunting legislation passes House

(Jun 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Hal English, R-Allegheny, today reported that their legislation aimed at not penalizing honest, ethical hunters for a mistaken harvest unanimously passed the House. Specifically, the bill would remove the threat of a license suspension for those truthful hunters who make an honest mistake and then self-report the mistaken harvest by contacting the Pennsylvania Game Commission, turning in the animal and pleading guilty to the offense. "Given the facts that borders of Wildlife Management Units and the special areas within them can be easily confused, and that the commission is now using staggered dates around the state for some big-game seasons, hunters can think they are legally hunting when in fact they aren’t," Kortz said. "For hunters who make an inadvertent mistake, due to a few yards or recently changed dates, to face the same revocations as a common poacher who is hunting out of season or at night isn’t fair. “Current law can create havoc for bear and elk hunters. With different hunting dates for different Wildlife Management Units, the difference of a few yards in the woods can mean the difference between a legal or illegal harvest." Kortz added, “Mistakes while out in the woods can easily happen. This bill would eliminate the unfair, excessive punishment for an honest mistake. While the hunter must claim responsibility and pay a small administrative Read more

 

Don’t forget about upcoming Mon-Fayette public workshops
Mar 27, 2018

Kortz to propose $30 million boost for Safe Schools grant program
Feb 22, 2018

Rep. Kortz: Over $200,000 awarded to fire and medical emergency organizations within the 38th district
Feb 16, 2018

2018 Trout Stocking Schedule, by county
Feb 05, 2018

South Park Township office hours cancelled for January; Seniors can call my office for tax preparation appointment
Jan 10, 2018

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

West Mifflin Skyline Drive Road Repair Update 12/7/17
Dec 07, 2017

Dec. 4 bus trip planned, limited seats still available
Nov 28, 2017

Kortz Recognizes Alzheimers Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month
Nov 21, 2017

Heavy lifting, tough decisions still needed to eliminate homestead property taxes
Nov 17, 2017

Kortz Honors Service on Veterans Day
Nov 13, 2017

Kortz: Hunters can ‘share the harvest’ this Thanksgiving season
Oct 25, 2017

Pa. granted REAL ID extension through October 2018
Oct 20, 2017

House approves bill requiring licensure of home inspectors
Oct 18, 2017

Kortz to host Senior Fair Oct. 12, Shred-It Event Oct. 14
Sep 29, 2017

Kortz Recognizes South Park Girls Softball Team
Sep 28, 2017

From Harrisburg to South Hills, details on upcoming events and the latest on legislation in the works
Sep 25, 2017

Mon Valley road work latest, legislative updates part of recent newsletter
Sep 25, 2017

Kortz: Amendment Would Hurt Property Owners
Jun 27, 2017

Kortz, English bipartisan ethical hunting legislation passes House
Jun 21, 2017