Matzie: Automated vehicles discussed in Harrisburg.

(Mar 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 21 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and other members of the House Transportation Committee joined the Senate Transportation Committee today in hosting a public hearing on Highly Automated Vehicles Testing legislation. Today's hearing focused on S.B. 427 , which would allow the expansion of the testing of Highly Automated Vehicles on Pennsylvania's roads. Currently, Carnegie Mellon University and Uber have received limited approval to test these vehicles. "Western Pennsylvania can become a leading center for this emerging technology," Matzie said. "Between Uber's self-driving vehicles, which began testing on the Pittsburgh streets last September and the technological research centers developing around Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, we are in a prime location to lead the way. "Last September, I was able to take a test drive through the streets of Harrisburg in Carnegie Mellon's autonomous Cadillac. The ride was eye-opening and convinced me that self-driving vehicles are definitely part of our future. This bill can give us the opportunity to become an important part of that future." Nine states currently allow testing of HAVs, including California, Florida, Michigan and Virginia. Today's hearing included testimony from Dr. Raj Rajkumar, a professor in the Electric and Computer Engineering Department and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as representatives from Read more

 

Matzie recognizes Charter Day’s historical significance

(Mar 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 137 today, sponsored by state Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, designating March 14, 2017, as “Charter Day” in Pennsylvania. H.R. 137 commemorates the charter King Charles II of England granted William Penn on March 4, 1681, to repay Penn for the debt owed to his father and defining the boundaries of Pennsylvania. “Charter Day honors the important roles both King Charles II and William Penn played in the founding of Pennsylvania and this great nation,” Matzie said. “Not only were they responsible for establishing our commonwealth’s boundaries, William Penn wrote a Frame of Government establishing democratic principles still in use today such as freedom of worship, the use of elected representative assemblies and fair trials featuring independent juries.” In addition to recognizing the significance of Penn and King Charles II, H.R. 137 encourages state residents, schools and other educational institutions to participate in “Charter Day” activities held across the commonwealth. These events included the 18 th Annual Charter Day, hosted by the State Museum of Pennsylvania Day on Sunday, March 12. “The likeness of King Charles II still survives to this day on a 336-year old, four-page parchment charter that is currently on display at the State Museum in Harrisburg until March 17,” Matzie said. Read more

 

House adopts Matzie resolution highlighting need for government transparency

(Mar 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced the adoption of H.R. 136 today, designating the week of March 12-18, 2017, as “Sunshine Week” in Pennsylvania, highlighting the importance of open and accessible government. Established by the American Society of News Editors in 2005, Sunshine Week is celebrated by journalists, civic groups, educators, citizens and elected officials by discussing the importance of access to public information. The PA NewsMedia Association is responsible for organizing many of the Sunshine Week activities in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 136 also stresses the necessity to protect our constitutional principles, including freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the pursuit of a free and transparent government. “Each year Sunshine Week coincides with James Madison’s birthday, widely considered the father of the U.S. Constitution and an architect of the Bill of Rights,” Matzie said. “Madison reminded us that knowledge and information are required for a free society to govern itself. The press is an indispensable tool for informing the public and as a legislator I support making government information more open and accessible when possible.” At a time when public trust in government is extremely low, Sunshine Week emphasizes the need for government officials to ensure decision making processes are as public and accessible as possible. Sunshine Week highlights Read more

 

Pa. Lawmaker Lobs Bill To Allow Sports Betting

(Feb 22, 2017)

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants the state to legalize sports betting should federal law be changed to allow it, introducing a bill in the state House of Representatives to allow sports betting at casinos and other licensed facilities. Read more

 

Matzie talks Legalized Sports Betting with The Fan Morning Show on 93.7

(Feb 17, 2017)

Matzie talks Legalized Sports Betting with The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 Read more

 

Matzie's bill OKs sports betting in PA if federal law tossed

(Feb 16, 2017)

If the federal law limiting sports betting in most states is overturned, state Rep. Rob Matzie wants Pennsylvania to be in a position to quickly take advantage of it. Read more

 

Rep. Matzie discusses legalized sports betting in Pa with Mike Pintek on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

(Feb 15, 2017)

Rep. Rob Matzie discusses his legislation that would legalize sports betting in Pennsylvania with Mike Pintek of NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.. Read more

 

Matzie introduces bill to authorize sports betting in Pa.

(Feb 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today introduced legislation that would legalize sports betting in Pennsylvania's casinos and their licensed facilities. House Bill 519 would clear a legal path to allow sports betting in all of Pennsylvania's licensed casinos as soon as it is permitted under federal law. Current law only permits sports betting in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana. "Sports betting is a $400 billion business in the United States," Matzie said. "Most of that betting takes place illegally, through bookies and off-shore wagering companies. This bill would position Pennsylvania's casinos to be among the leaders in sports betting as soon as the legal hurdles are removed." Most recently, New Jersey has tried to legalize sports betting. Although their initial attempts were denied, New Jersey’s final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was postponed as the Court announced that it would wait until the new U.S. Solicitor General was confirmed to weigh in on the issue. “This is encouraging, given that President Trump has addressed his stance on the sports betting industry – and his support for legalization – on at least two occasions.” There are currently 12 licensed casinos in Pennsylvania, including four in Western Pennsylvania: Rivers Casino in Allegheny County; The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County; Lady Luck Read more

 

Matzie leads effort designating March 5-11 as ‘Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week’ in Pa.

(Feb 08, 2017)

Rep. Rob Matzie urges increased awareness of Multiple Sclerosis with unanimous adoption of his resolution designating March 5 through March 11 as “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week” in Pa. Read more

 

Matzie spotlights rheumatoid disease and its effects on the heart

(Jan 25, 2017)

Saying rheumatoid arthritis is neither fully understood nor funded, Rep. Rob Matzie, saluted the unanimous adoption of his resolution designating Thursday, Feb. 2, as Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Matzie resolution honors Pennsylvanians with disabilities

(Jan 23, 2017)

Rep. Rob Matzie reports that the state House unanimously adopted his resolution designating Jan. 30 as “Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day.” “All of us benefit by honoring and understanding the outstanding achievements of commonwealth citizens with disabilities,” Matzie said. Read more

 

Matzie sworn in for fifth state House term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, was sworn in today for his fifth term serving residents of the 16th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session, the 201st of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The state House returns to voting session Jan. 23. “I intend to continue the job of putting Pennsylvania and our people before partisan politics, focusing on jobs and the economy – and ensuring the voices and needs of my district and region are represented in Harrisburg,” Matzie said. Matzie also will continue to serve as chairman of the Southwest County Delegation. Residents may visit Matzie's constituent service office located at 1240 Merchant St., Ambridge or call 724-266-7774 for free assistance with state-related services, including help with driver and vehicle matters and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications. Matzie also invites residents to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Matzie – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to email him. Read more

 

Matzie announces nearly $91,000 in state grants for four area school districts

(Nov 03, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 3 – Safety at four area school districts will be enhanced by equipment and program purchases enabled by nearly $91,000 from the Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant Program, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Aliquippa School District will receive $24,961 for metal scanners, security wands and electronic door locks. Hopewell Area School District will receive $25,000 for a cellular repeater system and electronic lock sets. Ambridge School Area District will receive $15,950 for a visitor identification system and Quaker Valley School District will receive $24,992 for active shooter and aggressive intruder training. Matzie said the grants will be formally announced Friday by state Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. "Students and teachers should feel safe in their schools so they can focus on education, and these funds will help ensure our school districts are safe learning environments," Matzie said. Safe School Initiative grants are competitive grants awarded by the state Education Department to help school districts prevent and reduce school violence through school resource and police officers, prevention programs and security-related technology. Read more

 

House adopts Matzie resolution to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

(Oct 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Rob Matzie that designates November 2016 as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. While pancreatic cancer only accounts for 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the United States, it is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society estimates that 41,780 deaths and 53,070 new cases of pancreatic cancer are expected to occur in the United States in 2016. "By the time an individual experiences symptoms from pancreatic cancer, it is often too late to do much about it, which is why awareness efforts like this one are so important," Matzie said. "This disease must be better understood and more resources must be made available to research it before it is defeated, and I am grateful to be a part of that effort." Matzie noted that there is no cure for pancreatic cancer and there have been no significant improvements in early detection, treatment methods or survival rates in the last 25 years. The average life expectancy of those diagnosed with this type of cancer is only three to six months. Matzie said his mother is a pancreatic cancer survivor who underwent treatment and surgery in 2014 and today remains cancer-free. Read more

 

Matzie and Nesbit introduce legislation to stem rising education costs

(Sep 29, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 29 – State Reps. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler, introduced legislation today in an effort to control the ever rising cost of education in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2388 would require any school entity in the state to use a Department of Education-approved, prototypical design in the construction of new school facilities. The legislation would direct the department to establish a prototypical school design clearinghouse, which could be accessed and used by any school entity in Pennsylvania. “This legislation is designed to save taxpayers money by simplifying the process for school districts to design and construct new facilities,” Nesbit said. “For school districts, one of the largest capital expenses they face is the design and construction of new facilities. Allowing districts to choose from a variety of architectural designs from a statewide database not only saves on costs, but gives school officials many more options to consider.” The legislation would also require the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study, after the clearinghouse has been in use for five years, to determine the savings incurred by school entities that used the system. A second bill, H.B. 2389, would require publishers of post-secondary textbooks to offer an identical digital equivalent for any college textbook sold within the state. Publishers would have two years from the date of publication to make the digital version availab Read more

 

Matzie test drives self-driving car

(Sep 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today joined representatives from Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering to test drive an autonomous vehicle around the Capitol. Matzie road in Carnegie Mellon’s autonomous Cadillac SRX on closed-off streets in Harrisburg to get a close-up look at the new technology. “Self-driving cars sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the reality is that they could be sharing the road with us in the next decade,” Matzie said. “They have the potential to transform how we think about transportation.” As a member of the House Transportation Committee, Matzie said his test drive will provide him insight as the committee works with PennDOT’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force. “Self-driving cars are being used by Uber in Pittsburgh right now. Western Pennsylvania has evolved into a technology and education hub, and we are poised to be at the forefront of this exciting technology. This has the potential to be a boon to our economy, while creating a substantial number of job opportunities throughout our region,” Matzie said. Read more

 

Matzie honors Pennsylvania wine and wineries

(Sep 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that highlights the achievements of Pennsylvania wine producers. House Resolution 1010 designates October 2016 as “Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month” in Pennsylvania. “The grape and wine industry has made invaluable contributions to the commonwealth’s history, economy and quality of life,” Matzie said. “As the fourth-largest producer of wine grapes in the nation, Pennsylvanians in every corner of the state have benefited from the success and growth of this industry.” According to a study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Winery Association, the production of grapes for wines and juices contributes approximately $1.9 billion to the state economy annually. In addition, the industry directly supports 8,629 jobs with a total payroll of $401 million. “The high-quality product produced by Pennsylvania wineries, and the scenic landscapes where they can be found has become a draw for tourists from across the country and around the globe,” Matzie said. “The wine industry has much to offer this state and I am proud to do whatever I can to help support this important part of our regional economy.” Pennsylvania’s 180 wineries attract 1.2 million visitors every year and bring an estimated $222 million in tourism expenditures each year. Read more

 

Matzie introduces bills on quake insurance, fracking near reservoirs

(Sep 26, 2016)

State Rep. Rob Matzie has introduced two long-planned bills to address fracking near dams or reservoirs and insurance coverage of earthquakes regardless of their cause. Read more

 

Matzie introduces bills to increase protections for infrastructure, homeowners

(Sep 22, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 22 – In an effort to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents and their communities, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, introduced two bills today that would strengthen protections for basic infrastructure and homeowners. House Bill 2366 would prohibit the drilling of unconventional gas wells within 4,000 feet of any existing dam or reservoir, such as the Ambridge Reservoir. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the drilling of unconventional gas wells within 2,000 horizontal-feet of any existing water well, surface water intake or water supply extraction point used by a water purveyor without the written consent of the water purveyor. As a result of a study on the structural integrity of Texas’ Joe Pool Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that the 20-year-old standard of a 3,000-foot exclusion zone surrounding the dam isn't sufficient and should be increased to 4,000 feet to ensure the safety of the dam, the lake, and the health and safety of local residents. Matzie said his legislation would take that recommendation and codify it into Pennsylvania law. "The safety of our water and our infrastructure is of the utmost importance. I am grateful for the expert analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as it will help us ensure that the proper protections are in place so no unintended harm comes to our citizens or our communities," Matzie said. "If longer setbacks are good enough for Texas, they should be good enough for Read more

 

Summer 2016 Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2016)

Dear neighbors, It has been over a year since I reached out to you with a newsletter. While it has always been my goal to keep you up to date about what is going on in Harrisburg and around the district, I did not think it was right to spend those funds during the budget impasse of last year. However, much has happened recently and I wanted to ensure you were updated with that information. As you may already know, the biggest news for the region is Shell Oil’s recent determination that it will build an ethane cracker plant in Potter Township. I have long supported this proposed plant, both locally and in Harrisburg. I was the lead Democrat in the House spearheading legislation to attract this facility to the region, and I reached across the aisle and worked with labor and the business community to gain passage of legislation key to Shell selecting Beaver County for construction. Read more

 

Matzie: Automated vehicles discussed in Harrisburg.
Mar 21, 2017

Matzie recognizes Charter Day’s historical significance
Mar 20, 2017

House adopts Matzie resolution highlighting need for government transparency
Mar 20, 2017

Pa. Lawmaker Lobs Bill To Allow Sports Betting
Feb 22, 2017

Matzie talks Legalized Sports Betting with The Fan Morning Show on 93.7
Feb 17, 2017

Matzie's bill OKs sports betting in PA if federal law tossed
Feb 16, 2017

Rep. Matzie discusses legalized sports betting in Pa with Mike Pintek on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA
Feb 15, 2017

Matzie introduces bill to authorize sports betting in Pa.
Feb 14, 2017

Matzie leads effort designating March 5-11 as ‘Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week’ in Pa.
Feb 08, 2017

Matzie spotlights rheumatoid disease and its effects on the heart
Jan 25, 2017

Matzie resolution honors Pennsylvanians with disabilities
Jan 23, 2017

Matzie sworn in for fifth state House term
Jan 03, 2017

Matzie announces nearly $91,000 in state grants for four area school districts
Nov 03, 2016

House adopts Matzie resolution to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer
Oct 18, 2016

Matzie and Nesbit introduce legislation to stem rising education costs
Sep 29, 2016

Matzie test drives self-driving car
Sep 28, 2016

Matzie honors Pennsylvania wine and wineries
Sep 26, 2016

Matzie introduces bills on quake insurance, fracking near reservoirs
Sep 26, 2016

Matzie introduces bills to increase protections for infrastructure, homeowners
Sep 22, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter
Aug 15, 2016