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Matzie commends Wolf for waiving clearance check fees for volunteers

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, commended Gov. Tom Wolf today for his move to waive fees associated with background checks for volunteers working with children. “I am proud to have worked with Governor Wolf to make sure that this vital action was taken," Matzie said. "By waiving the fees, we ensure that those who generously give their time to the children in our communities won’t be deterred from doing so because of cost." Wolf today announced his administration would waive the $10 fee for the Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check and the $10 fee for the Department of Human Services child abuse check required by the Child Protective Services Law for volunteers working with children. This decision is in response to new requirements enacted under Act 153 of 2014 to require criminal and abuse clearances every three years for employees and volunteers who are in contact with minors as a part of their duties. Since the passage of Act 153, many legislators have worked to improve the law to alleviate some of this burden on volunteer organizations such as volunteer fire departments and EMS providers. According to Matzie, Wolf today also said the Department of Human Services and the state police will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. "This move keeps the safety provisions of Act 153 firmly in place, without discouraging people from v Read more


Matzie: Freight rail is the economic engine that keeps the country moving

(Apr 20, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that honors the freight rail industry. House Resolution 252 credits the U.S. freight rail industry with being the most efficient and productive system of its kind in the world. Additionally, the resolution honors the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, which was completed by the state in 1834 as part of the Main Line of Public Works system; and the Allegheny Portage Railroad, which was also completed by the state in 1834 and was the first railroad to travel through the Allegheny Mountains. Read more


Matzie resolution honors the amputee community

(Mar 31, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 31 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that designates April 2015 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. "Whether it is due to congenital defect, bone malignancy or the result of an accident, limb loss is a serious condition affecting many Americans of all walks of life," Matzie said. Almost 2 million Americans of all ages, races and genders have had a limb amputated, while another 28 million Americans are at risk for amputation. On average, each day, 500 Americans will lose a limb, creating a lifetime condition that poses physical, emotional and financial challenges for the individual and their loved ones. "The average citizen is largely unaware of the strength of will and determination shown everyday by the amputee community," Matzie said. "This awareness month is meant not only to draw attention to their challenges, but also to recognize the strength and fortitude they display on a daily basis.” Read more


Matzie applauds advancement of potentially lifesaving legislation

(Mar 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that would require care facilities to install carbon monoxide detectors in any facility using fossil fuel heating sources. House Bill 264 would create the Care Facility Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards Act, and would regulation the installation, placement and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors at all long-term nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted living residences in Pennsylvania. "Carbon monoxide poses a risk in any enclosed structure, especially one that is heated through the use of fossil fuels," Matzie said. "This simple legislation ensures that these care facilities are doing everything in their power to protect our elderly and vulnerable from harm." Read more


Matzie supports important SWPA transportation initiatives

(Mar 18, 2015)

Harrisburg, March 18 – At a House Transportation Committee informational meeting earlier this week, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, expressed his support for progress made on important infrastructure developments in Southwestern Pennsylvania. At the meeting, Matzie directed multiple questions to testifier Ellen McLean, chief executive officer for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, about the current and future use of CNG vehicles in their fleet, and continued public transportation access to the Golden Triangle. McLean told Matzie that the port authority intends to maintain a diversified fleet composed of both traditional and CNG buses for the foreseeable future. Matzie also expressed his concern over the possibility of new charges for passengers traveling from the stadiums to the Golden Triangle and was told that despite pending contract negotiations, the expectation is to continue the traditionally free rides. Matzie also asked McLean about the future of Bus Rapid Transit, specifically as it related to the Golden Triangle-to-Oakland route. McLean informed him that one of the major hurdles to that initiative is implementing bus-dedicated lanes throughout the area, although progress continues with the project. Read more


Support from officials, community highlight final day of Disability and Mental Health Summit

(Mar 12, 2015)

State Rep. Rob Matzie joined state Rep. Dan Miller at his second annual Children and Youth Disability and Mental Health Summit. Read more


Matzie resolution highlights the need for government transparency

(Mar 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – The state House of Representatives adopted a resolution today sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that designates the week of March 15 through March 21 as “Sunshine Week” in Pennsylvania. Matzie’s resolution, H.R. 89, honors an initiative started in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to encourage the public to play an active and informed role in government of all levels. "To ensure our government is functioning at its best, an informed public and an independent media are essential," Matzie said. "Our Founding Fathers left us with the tremendous gift of our democracy, and it is our duty to ensure its survival." The ASME’s initiative also stresses the importance of an open and transparent government at all levels. "Transparency is more than just a buzzword; it is a promise public officials make to their constituents that they will act truthfully and serve with integrity at all times," Matzie said. "I hope this resolution not only serves as a reminder about the importance of open government, but also the risks of unwarranted secrecy." Since its inception in 2005, the Sunshine Week initiative has been celebrated each March to coincide with James Madison's birthday on March 16. The resolution was adopted unanimously. Read more


Matzie raises awareness for multiple sclerosis

(Feb 25, 2015)

In hopes of raising awareness for multiple sclerosis, the House of Representatives adopted Rep. Rob Matzie’s H.R. 88, designating March 2 through March 8, 2015, as “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania. “With over 400,000 Americans affected by this disorder, it’s time to increase our awareness across the state,” Matzie said. “This week provides individuals living with MS, along with their families, friends and supporters, an opportunity to help educate others about this disease.” MS is a chronic neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system. It can differ in severity, with about 90 percent of the diagnosed population having relapsing-remitting MS, where they experience periodic relapses, followed by partial or complete recovery. MS affects about twice as many women as men, with an elevated chance of diagnosis in women between 20 and 40. While connections have been made between diagnosis of the disease and environmental and genetic factors, no specific cause has been discovered and there are no known cures. Read more


Matzie honors Pennsylvania's origins with a Charter Day resolution

(Feb 24, 2015)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, which designates March 8 as "Charter Day" in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 96 commemorates the charter that King Charles II of England signed on March 4, 1681 granting William Penn a tract of land, which would eventually become known as Pennsylvania. The resolution also honors the Frame of Government of Pennsylvania, which Penn drafted to serve as the colony's first constitution and contained rights such as freedom of religion, freedom from unjust imprisonment and a guarantee of free elections. Read more


Matzie applauds Wolf's quick work on CHIP Buy-in Plan

(Feb 13, 2015)

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf's ability to work with the legislature and the federal government after it was announced the families enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program Buy-in Plan will not face tax penalties in 2015. Read more


Matzie offers Wuycik condolence resolution

(Feb 11, 2015)

Honoring Donn R. Wuycik's many years of life and public service, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, today offered H.R. 85, extending condolences to family and friends of a broadcaster who passed away Dec. 2 at age 60. Read more


Matzie honors the life of Donn Wuycik with condolence resolution

(Feb 11, 2015)

Honoring Donn R. Wuycik's many years of life and public service, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver today offered House Resolution 85, extending condolences to Wuycik's family and friends. Wuycik passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 60. Read more


Matzie honors Pennsylvanians with disabilities

(Feb 03, 2015)

The state House of Representatives adopted a resolution this week sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that urges the governor to issue a proclamation to observe Jan. 30, 2015 as "Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day." Read more


Matzie announces fire, EMS grants in the 16th District

(Jan 29, 2015)

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that 14 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $180,000 in state grants. Read more


Matzie Honors Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

(Jan 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie speaks at a recent meeting of the House Health Committee. Matzie speaks on his resolution that would observe January 30, 2015, as "Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day" in Pennsylvania. The resolution also requests the Governor to appoint a committee to investigate how the state can better recognize Pennsylvanians with disabilities who have distinguished themselves in the spirit of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Read more


Matzie announces $375,000 grant for Beemac Trucking

(Jan 16, 2015)

AMBRIDGE, March 21 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today announced that Beemac Trucking has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Read more


PHEAA Offers Hundreds of Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

(Jan 16, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is offering free FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Sessions across the Commonwealth to assist families with students planning to attend college during the 2012-13 academic year. These sessions will be held during the month of April. Read more


PHEAA reminds students to apply early for student aid

(Jan 05, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is advising college-bound high school seniors and their families to start thinking about submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. Read more


Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more


New website offers information and clarity on Highmark/UPMC transition

(Dec 09, 2014)

A new arrangement for services between UPMC and Highmark is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 and will affect many western Pennsylvanians. There is a new state website designed to help alleviate any uncertainty and cut through the confusion has been launched to help answer questions. Going forward, both of these entities will abide by consent decrees that each party signed with the state. Read more