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2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

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

 

2017 Winter Newsletter

(Dec 14, 2017)

You can read my newsletter on the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee here. Read more

 

Longietti-co-sponsored bill giving senior citizens quicker access to in-home care through Medicaid heads to Senate

(Dec 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, that would allow qualifying senior citizens to receive in-home care at an accelerated rate through Medicaid was approved Monday by the House. Currently, senior citizens who qualify for Medicaid but opt for in-home care are ineligible for those services until their application is fully reviewed, which could take months, while those who select nursing home care receive access to those facilities immediately. “This obstacle leaves families seeking in-home care financially strained and forces the individual into a nursing home. But, H.B. 1829 eradicates those worries by expediting the approval process and ensuring senior citizens receive the care they need – regardless of their desired service,” Longietti said. “This bill is in the best interest of senior citizens and the Commonwealth. It allows the individual to receive quality care while in the comfort of their own home, alleviates financial strain and saves the Commonwealth money over nursing home costs.” The Pennsylvania Homecare Association reports the Commonwealth spends just over $65,000 a year for every person who is admitted to a nursing home, whereas it only costs the state $31,000 a year for every individual who opts for in-home care, which saves the Commonwealth an estimated $34,000 per person each year. House Bill 1829 passed the House 191-0. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Fall Newsletter

(Dec 01, 2017)

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Pennsylvania Grant and Resource Directory

(Nov 21, 2017)

2017-18 Pennsylvania Grant and Resource Directory, courtesy of Rep. Mark Longietti Read more

 

West Middlesex Area School District awarded $23,602

(Nov 17, 2017)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced that West Middlesex Area School District has been awarded a $23,602 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer grant from the Education Department. "It's important for our schools to be safe places for students where they can learn and grow," Longietti said. "This grant will help West Middlesex create a safe environment for students." The grant is for two years and is intended to be used for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks announce $325,000 in state grants to aid youth recreation, handicapped accessibility in Hermitage, Sharon

(Nov 15, 2017)

GREENVILLE, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren, today announced separate grants totaling $325,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Hermitage is getting $175,000 for construction of its Athletic Complex Phase 3 Expansion, which will add two large, open play fields and new parking facilities, along with an extended trail system. The project includes excavating/grading, soccer field equipment, benches and bleachers, buffer yard planting, trail paving, drainage, topsoil and seeding. The Buhl Community and Recreation Center in Sharon is getting $150,000 for installation of an ADA-accessible elevator in its three-story facility that currently has none, which has kept the second and third floors inaccessible to those who are handicapped or have limited mobility. ““Funded through Act 13 and the Greenways, Trails and Recreation program, both of these projects invest in the community and provide health, wellness, and recreational opportunities for our families,” Brooks said. “I thank the local officials for their efforts in applying for this program.” Longietti said, “These projects will increase recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages in our community and will add to our rich quality of life. I appreciate the partnership between local and state officials in securing these important Read more

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

(Nov 15, 2017)

Almost half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, which creates a lifelong burden and can lead to serious complications when not effectively managed. That's why it's so important to know your risks and get tested. As co-chairman of the House Diabetes Caucus, I want to provide you with the information you need about diabetes and the risk. Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet and appropriate use of medications. People with diabetes are at increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. You can cut your risks in half through the Centers for Disease Control-recognized diabetes prevention programs . Take the risk assessment test and learn what you can do to make a change. An estimated 30.3 million people have diabetes; of those 7.2 million, or 23.8 percent, are undiagnosed. To learn more about prediabetes -- which impacts 1 in 3 adults -- click here . Read more

 

Longietti Discusses Fair Funding for PA Schools

(Nov 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss education funding in Pennsylvania. Longietti says the current funding formula is a step in the right direction to address funding inequities but more work needs to be done to ensure all Pennsylvania school districts have the resources they need to provide our children the best education possible. Read more

 

Exploring the state pardons process is focus of Nov. 2 seminar

(Oct 27, 2017)

GREENVILLE, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, in partnership with Sen. Michele Brooks, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and Thiel College, is hosting an event next week to help people understand how to seek a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. The free “Pathways to Pardons” seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Thiel College’s Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Community Communication Center, 75 College Ave., Greenville. No RSVP is required to attend and questions may be directed to Longietti’s office at 724-981-4655 . “This is a chance to learn about the pardons process and other issues that could allow people to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of their ability to get a job or volunteer in their community,” said Longietti, D-Mercer. “People with a history of substance abuse often have a past that includes crimes committed while suffering from addiction. Many of them are now fully committed to their recovery and past transgressions are not representative of who they are today. For them, there is hope and a path toward finding meaningful work, obtaining housing or financial credit and leading fully productive lives,” he said. At the event, called “Pathways to Pardons,” experts on pardons, corrections and drug-and-alcohol treatment will explain the process for obtaining pardons and expungements in Read more

 

Longietti bill to update Estate Code headed to governor's desk

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – A bill that would make it easier for surviving relatives to receive a decedent's final paycheck is headed to the governor's desk after the House unanimously approved the bill today. That bill (H.B. 203) was introduced by Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, to increase the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for a deceased family member's final paycheck from $5,000 to $10,000. "This provision hasn't been updated in 21 years, so this legislation is badly needed to help family members receive what is rightfully theirs in a timely manner," Longietti said. "This money could help pay funeral costs or hospital bills, and any delay makes a difficult time even worse." Under current law, any payout of wages and accumulated sick and vacation days over $5,000 must go through probate proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas and the check must be made payable to the estate of the deceased employee. "The probate process takes significant time and uses up valuable court resources when it simply shouldn’t be necessary at that time," Longietti said. "Raising the limit from $5,000 to $10,000 will establish parity with the amount a bank can currently issue to the surviving relative from a bank account. "I want to thank William J. Moder III, a local attorney, for bringing this issue to my attention," he said. "More and more people are finding themselves having to get Read more

 

Protecting yourself: How to detect gas pump credit card skimmers

(Sep 27, 2017)

In the wake of credit card skimmers being discovered on gas pumps in the Hermitage area by the state Agriculture Department's Division of Weights and Measures during a recent routine inspection, I wanted to provide you with some helpful information about how to detect them and protect your bank account. Gas pump credit card skimmers are readers that steal the information from the magnetic strip off your credit or debit card when you insert it in to a gas pump card reader. Four state agencies have put together this helpful video: Produced by the state departments of Banking & Securities, Agriculture, the Attorney General’s Office and the state police, the video is available by clicking here or on the image above. Some warning signs that the pump may have been tampered with include: Card reader seems loose; Card reader does not match other readers at the station; and Tamper-resistant tape either missing or reads VOID. Knowing how skimming works and what to look for are the best ways to protect yourself from the crime. Please click here to download an information card about skimmers. Read more

 

Landmark animal cruelty law takes effect Monday in Pa.: what you need to know

(Aug 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 24 – Pennsylvania’s landmark overhaul of the state’s animal cruelty laws officially goes into effect Monday, Aug. 28, just a few months after Gov. Tom Wolf signed what’s popularly known as Libre’s Law. In an effort to clear up any confusion, State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is detailing the upcoming changes, ensuring everyone is on the same page. Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law will make it possible for felony charges to be handed down to first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied up when temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or Read more

 

Longietti bill to help a million people combat rare diseases signed by governor

(Jul 07, 2017)

Harrisburg, July 7 – A bill aimed at helping 1.2 million Pennsylvanians suffering from a rare disease is now law. House Bill 239, sponsored by Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery, was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf today, which will create the Rare Disease Advisory Council. “It’s startling to hear about the thousands of rare diseases that are out there that many don’t even know about and go untreated,” Longietti said. “This council will help improve the lives of those suffering from a rare disease, which, in the end, is the most important feature." The Rare Disease Council will act as a partnership between patients and their families, medical providers, insurance groups and other agencies to support the needs of those dealing with these illnesses. In addition to health care professionals and industry and scientific representatives, the council will include both individuals suffering from a rare disease and parents of children with a rare disease. The council will be tasked with: Researching and determining the most appropriate method to collect rare disease data Identifying priorities relating to quality and cost effectiveness of access to treatment and other services Developing policy recommendations Creating strategies to raise public awareness Preparing and delivering a preliminary and comprehensive report of its findings "Recently, I heard from a constituent Read more

 

Rep. Longietti's 11th Annual Senior fair

(Jul 05, 2017)

Rep. Longietti is hosting his 11th Annual Senior fair on Thursday, July 20. Read more

 

Historic Act 10, ‘Libre’s Law,’ signed into law; New protections represent a new lease on life for animals

(Jun 29, 2017)

Rep. Mark Longietti reports that Act 10 of 2017, the landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal-protection laws, was enacted Wednesday ceremony. He notes that the measure represents a new lease on life for the animals that depend on us for care, comfort and compassion. Read more

 

Longietti bill to create Rare Disease Advisory Council awaits governor’s signature

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 29 -- A bill that would create the Rare Disease Advisory Council and task it with specific duties now awaits the governor's signature. House Bill 239 , sponsored by Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer and Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery, unanimously cleared the House today after being amended in the Senate. A rare disease is defined as a disease affecting 200,000 or fewer people in the United States. "One in 10 Americans live with a rare disease," Longietti said. “While we are familiar with some rare diseases, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, Crohn's disease and Cystic Fibrosis, many of the over 7,000 rare diseases are largely unknown by the public. Worse yet, on average it takes over eight years to diagnose a rare disease and there are FDA-approved treatments for only 5 percent of rare diseases.” Once signed, the legislation will establish the Rare Disease Council, which will act as a partnership between patients and their families, medical providers, insurance groups and other agencies to support the needs of those dealing with these illnesses. In addition to health care professionals and industry and scientific representatives, the council will include both individuals suffering from a rare disease and parents of children with a rare disease. The council would be tasked with researching and determining the most appropriate method to collect rare disease data; researching and identifying priorities relating to Read more

 

Sen. Brooks and Rep. Longietti Announce Funding for Two Mercer County Roadway Safety Projects

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG – (May 11, 2017) Senator Michele Brooks and Representative Mark Longietti announced today that traffic lights in the boroughs of West Middlesex and Greenville will be improved, thanks to grants awarded under the state’s “Green Light-Go” program. These local projects are among 94 approved statewide. The first grant, in the amount of $42,160, will help install a Digital Wave Detection System at the intersection of State Routes 18 and 318 in West Middlesex Borough. The second safety improvement, in the amount of $188,200, will assist Greenville Borough in replacing the traffic light at the Main Street and Prairie Way intersection. “These competitive grants are difficult to receive, and I applaud Greenville and West Middlesex Boroughs for their strong applications,” said Senator Brooks, who advocated on behalf of the boroughs. “Old, malfunctioning or poorly timed traffic lights can make already-congested intersections much worse, and this money will improve traffic flow, help prevent accidents and ultimately save lives.” “I am pleased that Greenville and West Middlesex Boroughs were awarded competitive grants to fund these important projects. These grants will help reduce congestion, improve efficiency and enhance safety,” Representative Longietti added. Brooks and Longietti supported legislation that reduced the local match requirements from 50 percent to 20 percent to make it easier for smaller Read more

 

Longietti: Treat All Public Schools Equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti stood with his House Democratic colleagues to unveil a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. Read more

 

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – House Democrats today unveiled a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. "I am hopeful we can pull together bipartisan support for these bills that improve efficiencies and accountability, which means that there will be more money available for education. Providing high-quality education to all Pennsylvania students should be the ultimate goal of our educational system," said Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill ( H.B. 1199 ) that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "The auditor general's office has identified millions of dollars in questionable charter school leases. We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front, and we need to recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases. Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids," Roebuck said. Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne, introduced a bill ( H.B. 1198 ) that would bring charter schools in line with school districts by imposing limits on the surpluses that charter schools may accumulate. "My legislation Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

2017 Winter Newsletter
Dec 14, 2017

Longietti-co-sponsored bill giving senior citizens quicker access to in-home care through Medicaid heads to Senate
Dec 11, 2017

Fall Newsletter
Dec 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Grant and Resource Directory
Nov 21, 2017

West Middlesex Area School District awarded $23,602
Nov 17, 2017

Longietti, Brooks announce $325,000 in state grants to aid youth recreation, handicapped accessibility in Hermitage, Sharon
Nov 15, 2017

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Nov 15, 2017

Longietti Discusses Fair Funding for PA Schools
Nov 01, 2017

Exploring the state pardons process is focus of Nov. 2 seminar
Oct 27, 2017

Longietti bill to update Estate Code headed to governor's desk
Oct 25, 2017

Protecting yourself: How to detect gas pump credit card skimmers
Sep 27, 2017

Landmark animal cruelty law takes effect Monday in Pa.: what you need to know
Aug 24, 2017

Longietti bill to help a million people combat rare diseases signed by governor
Jul 07, 2017

Rep. Longietti's 11th Annual Senior fair
Jul 05, 2017

Historic Act 10, ‘Libre’s Law,’ signed into law; New protections represent a new lease on life for animals
Jun 29, 2017

Longietti bill to create Rare Disease Advisory Council awaits governor’s signature
Jun 29, 2017

Sen. Brooks and Rep. Longietti Announce Funding for Two Mercer County Roadway Safety Projects
May 11, 2017

Longietti: Treat All Public Schools Equally
Apr 19, 2017

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally
Apr 19, 2017