$500,000 grant for Gateway Center Hotel Project

(Jun 22, 2022)

“The Gateway project has been designed to provide a Hyatt Hotel type facility that would accommodate the needs for presentations, with sufficient rooms and projection rooms, making it better for businesses to come here. We lose out on a number of various events, different organizations, because we don't have the facility. So this facility definitely was one of my key projects," said State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, (D) 121. Read more

 

House Democrats pitch bills to take on price-fixing and price-gouging

(Jun 22, 2022)

“The act of price gouging is an unpatriotic act and it needs to be called out,” Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said. Read more

 

Schweyer Frustrated with Lack of Gun Safety Reform

(Jun 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer is frustrated with the way his GOP colleagues are choosing to ignore the public’s call for sensible gun safety reform. Most notably, his legislation which would have raised the legal age to purchase an assault riffle from 18 to 21 was gutted by the House Judiciary Committee. The entire language of House Bill 717 was replaced with unrelated language that would remove some existing requirements for handgun background checks. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Real Need to Invest in Mental Health

(Jun 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg knows there are huge challenges for counties facing behavioral health related issues. In 2011, about $81 million was cut from county mental health service providers. This year, he says that the state is in a position to bring that funding back to those same levels. With a multi-billion dollar surplus, he is proposing to add $100 million to mental health line items to make up for this lost time and funding. Read more

 

Judiciary committee deletes age restrictions for assault weapon ownership

(Jun 21, 2022)

The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to amend Rep. Peter Schweyer’s, D-Lehigh, bill that would have prevented anyone under 21 from obtaining the types of weapons used in school shootings in Uvalde, Texas; Newtown, Conn.; and elsewhere. Read more

 

As bill to limit fireworks advances in Pa. Senate, some ask: Does it go far enough?

(Jun 20, 2022)

Unless police see someone light a firework’s fuse, they can’t take any action against them for detonating fireworks illegally, and aren’t allowed to confiscate any unlit fireworks, Schweyer said. The bill in the Senate would allow officers to confiscate fireworks. Read more

 

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities

(Jun 20, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more

 

State education funding levels at center of budget talks, court case

(Jun 19, 2022)

“Our antiquated system is out of balance, and I appreciate the governor trying to bring equilibrium with this plan,” state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-120, Wilkes-Barre, said. “If enacted, this public education budget would come closer to addressing the financial needs of all of our students in all of our communities.” Read more

 

Lehigh Valley lawmaker pushes bill for Pa. under-21 assault weapons ban as ‘cultural divide’ stalls gun law debate

(Jun 17, 2022)

Schweyer filed a new resolution to force action on his long-stalled bill to outlaw possession of assault weapons by people under 21. Read more

 

Freeman seeks to prevent majority from avoiding debate on important topics

(Jun 16, 2022)

“My proposal would reform the discharge resolution process in our House Rules to prevent legislative leaders from sidestepping issues that have been bottled up in committee,” Freeman said. Read more

 

Pashinski: We Need More Access to Mental Health Services

(Jun 15, 2022)

As Pennsylvania experiences a growing mental health crisis, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski supports additional funding and resources for mental health services through the HOPE for PA plan. Pashinksi, Democratic Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, also says our farmers don't have the same access to mental health services as those in cities and to help remedy that, the Pa. Department of Agriculture has provided funding for additional phone resources to connect farmers with support. The AgriStress HelpLine for Pennsylvania is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Farmers can call 833-897-AGRI (2474) to speak to a healthcare professional. Read more

 

Schweyer: Restrict Ownership of AR-15 Style Rifles to Adults Aged 21 and Above

(Jun 15, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks on the need for his bill to restrict ownership of AR-15-style so-called “modern sporting rifles” to adults aged 21 and over. The AR-style rifle is overwhelmingly the weapon of choice in mass shootings, and a ban of this type would have kept the rifle out of the hands of the Buffalo and Uvalde shooters. Read more

 

Davis, McNeill bill would require lodging hosts to divulge recording devices

(Jun 15, 2022)

Currently, Pennsylvania does not have a law addressing undisclosed recording devices such as hidden cameras in host-lodging sites. Read more

 

Pa. House lawmaker proposes $100M mental health aid package

(Jun 15, 2022)

Pointing to data compiled by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Schlossberg noted that 39.8 percent of Pennsylvania adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression since February 2021 and in 2020. Read more

 

Kosierowski: Protecting Nurses from Violence at Work

(Jun 15, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski believes that voting to protect nurses in the workplace is a no-brainer. She has worked as a nurse for most of her adult life at several hospitals across the state. She says that nurses and patients need safer staffing levels and nurses need to have protections put into place to keep them safe from violence in the workplace. Read more

 

Schweyer: Mental Health Services Are Overworked

(Jun 14, 2022)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the HOPE for PA plan which would invest $100 million to address the growing mental health crisis across Pennsylvania. Schweyer says the pandemic has shown just how overworked our mental health services are and these dollars would provide much needed resources that would really make a difference. Read more

 

Schlossberg Introduces HOPE for PA Plan to Address Mental Health Issues

(Jun 14, 2022)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg discusses his HOPE for PA initiative which would invest $100 million to address the growing mental health crisis across Pennsylvania. Schlossberg says with this year's unprecedented state budget surplus we are in a position to take action that will make a difference and save lives. Read more

 

McNeill: Over $690,000 in state tax credits awarded to area projects

(Jun 14, 2022)

“Everyone in Pennsylvania deserves to have a safe place to call home for themselves and their families and this funding supports programs and services that help those who need it most,” McNeill said. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg announce state funding for Allentown fire and police departments

(Jun 14, 2022)

“This funding is crucial to the safety for everyone who lives and works in the city of Allentown, and it ensures our police officers and fire personnel have the equipment they need to keep themselves and the people they protect every day safe from harm." Read more

 

Local police chief, state lawmaker weigh in on proposed $100M for mental health services in Pa.

(Jun 14, 2022)

South Whitehall Township Police Chief Glen Dorney says the HOPE for PA proposal would give police the tools and support they need to better serve the community. Read more

 

$500,000 grant for Gateway Center Hotel Project
Jun 22, 2022

House Democrats pitch bills to take on price-fixing and price-gouging
Jun 22, 2022

Schweyer Frustrated with Lack of Gun Safety Reform
Jun 21, 2022

Schlossberg: Real Need to Invest in Mental Health
Jun 21, 2022

Judiciary committee deletes age restrictions for assault weapon ownership
Jun 21, 2022

As bill to limit fireworks advances in Pa. Senate, some ask: Does it go far enough?
Jun 20, 2022

Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities
Jun 20, 2022

State education funding levels at center of budget talks, court case
Jun 19, 2022

Lehigh Valley lawmaker pushes bill for Pa. under-21 assault weapons ban as ‘cultural divide’ stalls gun law debate
Jun 17, 2022

Freeman seeks to prevent majority from avoiding debate on important topics
Jun 16, 2022

Pashinski: We Need More Access to Mental Health Services
Jun 15, 2022

Schweyer: Restrict Ownership of AR-15 Style Rifles to Adults Aged 21 and Above
Jun 15, 2022

Davis, McNeill bill would require lodging hosts to divulge recording devices
Jun 15, 2022

Pa. House lawmaker proposes $100M mental health aid package
Jun 15, 2022

Kosierowski: Protecting Nurses from Violence at Work
Jun 15, 2022

Schweyer: Mental Health Services Are Overworked
Jun 14, 2022

Schlossberg Introduces HOPE for PA Plan to Address Mental Health Issues
Jun 14, 2022

McNeill: Over $690,000 in state tax credits awarded to area projects
Jun 14, 2022

Schweyer, Schlossberg announce state funding for Allentown fire and police departments
Jun 14, 2022

Local police chief, state lawmaker weigh in on proposed $100M for mental health services in Pa.
Jun 14, 2022