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

 

Reps. Kortz, Boback civics education bill receives committee hearing

(Sep 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, called for increased civics education in schools at a joint hearing this morning before the House Education and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees regarding H.B. 1858 , which was introduced by Kortz and state Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming. The bill would require Pennsylvania high school students to demonstrate a basic understanding of American history and civics as a condition of graduation. "This bill would ensure that our students will be taught basic civics in our schools," Kortz said. "We need to do this so they can understand our nation and our government, to understand our representative republic so they can be better prepared to be engaged as citizens in our democracy. "House Bill 1858 would require students to pass the U.S. Citizenship test to graduate high school. Students should know who the current president of the United States is. Some do not." Kortz and Boback were joined by state and national leaders in civics education to encourage the committees to support the legislation. Speaking in support of the bill were Dr. Lucian Spataro, chairman of the Civics Education Initiative for the Joe Foss Institute, who provided a video clip demonstrating college students' lack of knowledge, such as not knowing who won the Civil War, and being unable to name the current vice president. The institute has been instrumental in Read more

 

Kortz on Civics Education

(Sep 26, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz spoke at a joint hearing of the House Education and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees about his legislation that would require civics education in schools and create a high school graduation requirement on civics. Read more

 

Kortz 20-16 Senior Health & Wellness Fair is Oct. 13

(Sep 22, 2016)

At the Broughton VFD in South Park Read more

 

Kortz, English introduce bipartisan ethical hunting legislation

(Sep 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Hal English, R-Allegheny, today said they introduced legislation aimed at not penalizing ethical hunters who self-report a mistaken kill. Specifically, the bill would remove the threat of a license suspension for those truthful hunters who make an honest mistake and then contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission, turn in the animal and plead guilty to the offense. "Given the facts that borders of wildlife management units and of 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." The language of H.B. 2315 was drafted in a bipartisan effort working closely with the Game Commission. "Unfortunately, honest mistakes can happen while hunting." English said. "Whether because of changes and complications in hunting seasons and boundaries, or mistaken game kills, a hunter could break the law without any intent at all. Our bill spells out the limited circumstances in which hunters can then immediately turn themselves in, surrender the animal, and face all the appropriate penalties, minus the added Read more

 

Rep. Kortz Summer 2016 Newsletter - South Hills edition

(Sep 07, 2016)

The South Hills edition of my Summer, 2016 newsletter, is available to read online. Read more

 

Rep. Kortz Summer 2016 Newsletter - Mon Valley edition

(Sep 07, 2016)

The Mon Valley edition of my Summer, 2016 newsletter, is available to read online. Read more

 

Kortz announces October Senior Fair and shredding event

(Aug 26, 2016)

Rep. Bill Kortz reports that he will host his annual Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department in South Park. His fourth annual shred-it event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the West Mifflin #3 Volunteer Fire Company in West Mifflin. Read more

 

Port Vue awarded $100,000 state grant

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced that Port Vue Borough has been awarded a $100,000 grant for recreational opportunities to help build the PVAA Recreation Center. Kortz said the funds were awarded by Commonwealth Financing Authority under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. "Any time I can help secure funding for recreational opportunities in our communities, I do it," Kortz said. "Ballfields, playgrounds and outdoor space improve our region's qualify of life and this project will give our youth a dedicated facility in which to play and practice." The grant will be used to construct the 8,000-square-foot recreation center. There will be turf surfacing for youth football, soccer and cheerleading programs in a climate-controlled area. These programs serve more than 400 children a year. The total project cost is estimated at $287,500. The goal of the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program is to promote greenways, recreational space, open space, trails, parks and river conservation. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

Kortz: Expanded Gaming Helps PA, Local Organizations

(Jun 22, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Bill Kortz took to the House floor to support expanding gaming in Pennsylvania. Kortz says it would bring new revenue in to help with the budget crisis while also supporting social organizations, veterans groups, fire departments and tavern owners. Read more