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Congratulations to Saquon Barkley!

(Apr 27, 2018)

It was terrific meeting Saquon Barkley at the state Capitol. Read more

 

House passes Kortz bill requiring school civics assessment

(Apr 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – A bill that would require Pennsylvania schools to assess students’ competency in U.S. history, government and civics at least once between grades seven and 12 passed the House today, according to the bill’s co-prime sponsor, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny. House Bill 564 would require schools to administer the assessment to ensure that students understand the nature, purpose and principles of U.S. constitutional democracy, the structure and operation of the U.S. government and its most important documents, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. “At the end of the day, we want our students graduating high school to have the basic knowledge they need to become engaged citizens,” Kortz said. “Ours is the greatest democracy in the world, and when we welcome new immigrants, we require them to have a basic understanding of our government. It’s essential that we ensure that our young people coming out of school here in Pennsylvania are equipped with the same basic knowledge.” Under the bill, the state Department of Education would be required to post links on its website to the 100-question test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services and any other materials the department considers useful for schools. The bill also would require the department to conduct an electronic survey of each school entity at the end of the 2020-21 school year, and every two years after, Read more

 

Kortz testifies before Judiciary Committee about school safety bills

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – In testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun safety, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, talked about how his H.B. 2150 and a companion funding bill would bolster school safety by ensuring that school buildings throughout the state are better protected in the event of a shooting incident. “In today’s society, our children are becoming targets, and it’s not acceptable,” Kortz said. “There are so many ways in which we can make schools ‘hard’ targets to better protect our children. Even something as simple as having magnetic locks on classroom doors would go a long way toward protecting students by preventing an assailant from entering. My bills would enable schools to go forward with implementing these much-needed protections.” Kortz’s bill would increase funding for the Safe Schools Targeted Grants program by $30 million – to a total of about $38.5 million – to enable schools to implement security measures such as trained school resource officers and equipment such as stronger doors, metal detectors, magnetic locks and other infrastructure protections. This proposal would include incremental increases with an eventual cap of $50 million, and would allow school entities to apply for the grant annually rather than biennially. “We need to be proactive and secure our schools now to ensure the safety of children,” Kortz said. “We Read more

 

Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Bill Kortz announce state grant for track rehabilitation in West Mifflin plant yard

(Apr 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, today announced a $700,000 state grant to rehabilitate about one mile of track at the Tube City IMS, LLC, plant yard in West Mifflin. The money comes from the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “The release of funds for this vital project to improve Tube City IMS, LLC, will not only increase efficiency of operations but also grow economic development in the area,” Brewster said. “Steel mills built the foundation of many of our communities and I am proud to have Tube City, IMS, LLC, in my district working daily to support and enhance manufacturing operations of their steel making partners.” Kortz added: “I’d like to congratulate Tube City IMS, LLC, on securing this state grant. This is a company that leads in on-site, industrial steel mill services for steelmakers around the world. Not to mention, their services lessen steelmakers’ environmental impacts and contribute to a cleaner environment for all, including those in the 38 th Legislative District.” The rehabilitation of roughly one mile of track in the West Mifflin plant yard is part of a four-pronged project, including the replacement of turnouts and ties, track surfacing, and track realignment to increase efficiency of yard operations. The Rail Freight Assistance Program Read more

 

Kortz: Four municipalities in the 38th Legislative District recognized as 2018 Banner Communities

(Mar 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, today announced that four municipalities in the 38 th Legislative District he represents have been recognized as 2018 Banner Communities by the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM) and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “I’m ecstatic to announce this recognition for the four municipalities located in the 38 th Legislative District,” Kortz said. “It speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment each municipality continues to showcase as they work toward making Allegheny County a place people want to call home.” The municipalities include Whitehall Borough, Baldwin Borough, Port Vue and South Park . Whitehall Borough has been part of the Banner Community Program since its 2012 initiation. The program recognizes municipalities committed to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. In its sixth year, the program announced record participation with 55 municipalities designated as 2018 Banner Communities. Read more

 

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

 

Congratulations to Saquon Barkley!
Apr 27, 2018

House passes Kortz bill requiring school civics assessment
Apr 16, 2018

Kortz testifies before Judiciary Committee about school safety bills
Apr 10, 2018

Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Bill Kortz announce state grant for track rehabilitation in West Mifflin plant yard
Apr 03, 2018

Kortz: Four municipalities in the 38th Legislative District recognized as 2018 Banner Communities
Mar 28, 2018

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