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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

 

Kortz, English bipartisan ethical hunting legislation reported out of committee

(Jun 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – 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 was unanimously approved by the House Game and Fisheries Committee. 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," he said. “While the hunter must claim responsibility and pay a small administrative fine under this legislation, the bill would eliminate the three-year suspension of Read more

 

Kortz: Allegheny County Airport receives $112,000 transportation grant

(Jun 09, 2017)

DRAVOSBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced that Allegheny County Airport will receive a $112,000 grant through the state’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program. The grant will pay for half of the total renovation cost of an equipment storage building on airport grounds. “Our local airport is both historic and an important part of the local transportation infrastructure,” Kortz said. “When the airport opened in 1931, it was the third-largest airport in the country and was the only airport with hard-surface runways. The airport is still used by many small private and commercial planes. “This grant, and the renovations it will help pay for, is one step in keeping the airport modern enough to support today’s needs.” Nine airports throughout the commonwealth were named as grant recipients under this program. Read more

 

Kortz: 2017 Trout stocking guides available in my offices

(Mar 03, 2017)

DRAVOSBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said 2017 trout stocking schedules are now available in his constituent service offices. Trout season opens statewide at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. The schedule has an easy-to-read table that allows western Pennsylvania anglers to see an entire year’s worth of stockings at one time. The information is broken down by county, with stream sections and lakes listed alphabetically, and the type of trout being released at each location. Kortz said the guides can be picked up at either of his constituent service offices – 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. The guides are also available at various locations throughout the district. Constituents can call his office staff at (412) 466-1940 or (412) 886-2870 for specific locations. Stocking schedules are also available on Kortz's web page, www.pahouse.com/Kortz "The state stocks our fishing locations from March through November," Kortz said. "The state stocking program shows the commitment to supporting the long tradition of fishing in Pennsylvania." Kortz added, "Remember, a fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older." License information can be found on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, http://fishandboat.com/license.htm . For those new to fishing, the state offers a free Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 8, the Read more

 

Reps. Readshaw and Kortz sponsoring March 7 concussion awareness

(Feb 22, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 – State Reps. Bill Kortz and Harry Readshaw, both D-Allegheny, in conjunction with the Baldwin Football Boosters, are cosponsoring a concussion prevention and management seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the LGI Room at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, 15236. The seminar will be offered by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. "Concussions in sports have always been an issue," Readshaw said. "However, medical advances have been highlighting the dangers of concussions, which was brought to the forefront by the plight of Steelers Hall of Fame center ‘Iron Mike’ Webster, who suffered from dementia, depression and amnesia following his career. After he died at age 50, an autopsy revealed he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has since been discovered in the brains of more than 90 former NFL players." "Parents, players, coaches and all who treat athletes or are involved in youth contact sports should attend," Kortz said. "Concussions have been part of sports for so long, and considered just a part of the game, but we are starting to see the long-term effects. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help limit long-term effects. Brain injuries are common in football, hockey and even soccer due to heading the ball, but can also happen Read more

 

Kortz to Host Meeting on Concussions

(Feb 15, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Harry Readshaw and Bill Kortz have teamed up with the Baldwin High School Football Boosters, the Pennsylvania Trains Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to host a Concussion Prevention and Management meeting on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at Baldwin High School in the LGI Room. Parents, athletes, coaches and anyone who has questions about concussions and student athletics are welcome to attend. Read more

 

Kortz Inquires About Bridge Fracture

(Jan 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. William Kortz, a member of the House Transportation Committee, asked PennDOT officials about the recent closure of the Delaware River Turnpike Bridge. Kortz, a 30-year veteran of the steel industry, wanted to know more about the fracture that was discovered on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge on a steel truss. Read more

 

Kortz sworn into office, receives committee appointments for 2017-18 session

(Jan 23, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, was recently sworn in for another term as state representative in the General Assembly for the 38th Legislative District. Committee appointments were announced during today's House session. Kortz has been appointed to six important committees: Professional Licensure Committee; Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness; Transportation; Liquor Control; Commerce; and Gaming Oversight. Kortz took the oath of office as part of a ceremony at the state Capitol earlier this month and committees held brief organizational meetings during today's session. "A number of these committees have functions that are inter-related and can affect the Mon Valley," Kortz said. "For example, expanding video gaming and small games of chance can tie the work of Gaming, Liquor and Veterans Affairs together as regulations that could support our American Legions, VFWs, and volunteer fire departments that have liquor licenses are considered. “I am also honored to accept a leadership role as vice chairman of the Professional Licensure Committee and will continue to work with minority Chairman Harry Readshaw and new incoming majority Chairman Mark Mustio as we tackle the many issues that deal with licensing,” Kortz said. “One of the bills I am directly involved with is the proposed licensing of home inspectors. This is long overdue. Too many citizens have Read more

 

Free Christmas tree recycling available

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Bill Kortz reports that Allegheny County residents can drop off their Christmas trees for recycling from dawn to dusk through Jan. 16 at all nine regional parks. Read more

 

Kortz Questions Pipeline Threats

(Nov 16, 2016)

At a joint hearing of the Pa. House and Pa. Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees about natural gas and petroleum pipeline infrastructure, state Rep. Bill Kortz questions Patrick Pauly, Alternative Energy Program Administrator with the Pa. State Fire Academy, about security threats to pipelines in the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Kortz: South Allegheny and West Mifflin receive Safe Schools Initiative grants

(Nov 04, 2016)

DRAVOSBURG, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced that two local school districts will receive money through the state's Safe Schools Initiative Grant Program. South Allegheny School District will receive $40,000 from the state's Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant Program. The grant will assist the school district in paying for salary and other compensation for a school resource or police officer's position for the school year. Up to $2,000 of the grant may be used for approved safety training. West Mifflin Area School District will receive $25,000 from the state's Safe Schools Initiative Equipment and Program Grant program. The grant will help fund the district's School Wide Positive Behavior Program. The district's Positive Behavior Program teaches and promotes positive school behavior. "Keeping our students safe while they are in school is critical," Kortz said. "Students can't learn if they are afraid of bullying, violence or drugs in the building. Studies clearly show that students who feel safe in their school environment perform better academically. "Having a trained officer on-site can make students think twice before engaging in risky, dangerous or otherwise offensive behavior, and can also dramatically reduce official response time in the event of an incident." "Thank you to Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and state Senator Jim Brewster for working Read more

 

Kortz on Alzheimer's Awareness

(Oct 26, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz speaks on the House Resolution designating the month of November 2016 as "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month" in Pennsylvania. Kortz relates his personal experience with his mother who suffered from the disease. Read more