Readshaw announces $61,750 grant for Brentwood Library

(59 minutes ago)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Brentwood Library will receive $61,750 in state funding toward replacing the roof. Read more


Readshaw Hosts 19th Annual Ride

(Sep 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Harry Readshaw welcomed motorcycle riders to the state Capitol for the 19th annual Readshaw's Raiders event to benefit the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project. Readshaw annually works with volunteers to host events that benefit the restoration and preservation of historical monuments. Read more


Readshaw's 19th annual 'Ride to Gettysburg' set for Sept. 28

(Sep 11, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced his "Readshaw’s Raiders" and other motorcycle riders from around the commonwealth are preparing for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg." The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997. The ride from Harrisburg to Gettysburg – which will be held Sept. 28 – will start near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with a welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Soldiers’ Grove. Readshaw said he loves the enthusiasm the event generates, noting that more than 400 riders participated last year. "It’s heartening to see so many riders turn out each year to show their support for maintaining the Pennsylvania monuments that honor those who fought – and in some cases died – at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Readshaw said. “Healthy participation at events like these shows that we haven’t forgotten the significance of Gettysburg and the great sacrifices that were made in this historic battle that is considered the turning point in the Civil War.” The ride marshals this year will be the Marine Riders of Central Pennsylvania. Since 2008, the riders have supported the Marine Corps League Detachment 299 New Cumberland, Lebanon VA Hospital, Capital Area Young Marines, Vietnam Veterans of America Post 542 in Harrisburg, Read more


Lead Hazards Lurking

(Sep 06, 2019)

If your home was built before 1987, there’s a good probability of lead lurking — windows, windowsills, doors and porches are among the most hazardous sites. Read more


Readshaw Report

(Jul 30, 2019)

This is a digital version of my summer newsletter. Read more


Readshaw/Hickernell license portability bill on governor's desk

(Jun 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Professional Licensure Chairmen Dave Hickernell and Harry Readshaw to remove the barriers for professional licensees entering Pennsylvania is on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk and expected to be signed into law. Often, a licensed professional wishing to enter into Pennsylvania finds difficulty obtaining the license needed to practice their profession. This is especially true for military and their spouses, who tend to move more frequently than the average citizen but is also seen by those in other states or territories. “As currently designed, Pennsylvania’s professional licensing system has the unintended consequence of putting up barriers to employment to members of our military, their spouses and professionals matriculating to our commonwealth from other states,” said Hickernell, R-Lancaster/Dauphin. “Our legislation requires all the licensing boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to issue licenses by endorsement, and further provides for a provisional endorsement license to quickly move these professionals into the workforce without the delays we are currently experiencing.” “This delay in obtaining their professional license in Pennsylvania could mean a lack of income, lost employment opportunities or even a decision to not move into the state,” said Readshaw, D-Allegheny. “I am very pleased with the passage of this Read more


Readshaw, Kortz announce bill to improve police hiring process

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Reps. Harry Readshaw and Bill Kortz, both D-Allegheny, have announced they will soon introduce legislation that would improve police departments’ hiring process by ensuring investigators have all the information they need to select the best candidates . Their bill would require an applicant’s previous employers to disclose employment information to the law enforcement agency seeking to hire the applicant as a police officer, or to a licensed investigator working on behalf of the law enforcement agency. The disclosure requests would be in writing and be required to have an authorization signed by the applicant and the employer conducting the investigation. If the previous employer refuses to disclose the information, a court would be able to compel the release of the employment information. “Law enforcement agencies take on the critically important duty of stopping crime and protecting the people of Pennsylvania,” Readshaw said. “Right now, if an officer is moving from one law enforcement agency to another, his previous employer isn’t required to disclose meaningful employment records to the receiving agency, which could include serious disciplinary actions. We need to make sure police departments have access to all the information they need to select the best and brightest men and women to uphold the peace and safety of our communities.” “Our legislation would also free an Read more


Preservation Ball for Readshaw's Gettysburg Monuments Project

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will host his 16th annual Gettysburg Preservation Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 in the state Capitol Rotunda. Read more


Mt. Oliver, Pittsburgh transportation projects to receive $750,000 in funding

(Mar 26, 2019)

Transportation projects in Mt. Oliver and Pittsburgh that will improve two important local highways will receive state support, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more


Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits passes House

(Mar 20, 2019)

The House unanimously approved a bill today that would allow those licensed under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and subjected to a continuing education requirement to carry over excess CE credits they earn to their next license renewal period, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Read more


Readshaw resolution recognizes April as Military Service Opportunity Month

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, which recognizes April 2019 as Military Service Opportunity Month. The resolution, H.R. 52 , encourages the state and educational community to recognize the U.S. military for its positive impact on the Pennsylvania educational system and its students. The U.S. military is one of the leading federal organizations that supports and invests in educational initiatives. It offers personal advancement for all students within the commonwealth through education programming, starting at the high school level. “While it is appropriate to recognize the value of our military every day, as we near the month of May and the annual Memorial Day celebration, this serves as the perfect time to recognize those planning or just beginning a career, as well as those who have served with valor,” Readshaw said. “We can never underestimate the benefits of a military career through higher education.” It is the mission of the U.S. military to continue to offer outstanding career and educational opportunities to all students who seek the adventure of service to their nation. “When those who’ve served return to civilian life, they bring with them specialized training and knowledge,” Readshaw said. “It is via those skillsets that fields such as medical services, Read more


Readshaw bill would tap fuller potential of telemedicine

(Mar 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – A veteran supporter and pioneer of the telemedicine concept, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation to tap its full potential to transform and improve health care quality and accessibility. Readshaw’s bill would benefit all Pennsylvanians by giving their primary care physicians and health care specialists enhanced opportunities to better coordinate patient care regardless of distance – a particular advantage in medically underserved areas. “Telemedicine can not only provide better access to care in underserved parts of the state; it can be used to increase access in more populated areas as well,” said Readshaw, who has extensively researched the topic and spearheaded the effort to change existing law. “Currently, telemedicine provides care while saving money at the state Department of Corrections. “But it can also be utilized to give nursing home residents quicker, wider and better quality of care. It can be used to educate and provide health care to school-age children, including those in preschool. It can also provide an extra set of eyes watching over surgical patients in the recovery room. In short, whether inside health care facilities or inside our communities, telemedicine can revamp the way we experience health care.” Readshaw, who has authored similar bills in the past that have garnered bipartisan support, said he has partnered with state Rep. Jordan Harris, the Read more


Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced he will continue in his role as the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for the 2019-20 session. Read more


Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced he will continue in his role as the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for the 2019-20 session. Read more


$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more


Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more


Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more


$280,000 in tax credits to benefit residents of Mt. Oliver

(Dec 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced $280,000 in state tax credits were awarded under the Neighborhood Partnership Program, benefitting over 11,000 residents of Mt. Oliver. The funding supports Economic Development South, a community development corporation in the South Pittsburgh/South Hills region of Allegheny County. “The tax credits approved today will continue to support community investments from rehabbing housing and a blighted commercial building, to attracting new businesses, cleaning up and beautifying streetscapes and creating jobs,” Readshaw said. NPP is a component of the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Projects supported by the NPP must serve clients who are low income and residents of economically distressed neighborhoods. Projects can fall under one of several categories, including affordable housing, community services, education, job training and several others. In order to be eligible for the tax credit, businesses must contribute at least $50,000 annually for a minimum of five years. The tax credits are part of nearly $18 million approved tax credits to support 136 revitalization projects across the commonwealth. Read more


Readshaw: State unveils new tool to battle scourge of addiction

(Dec 13, 2018)

In an effort to help Pennsylvanians battling addiction connect with available treatment, resources and services, state Rep. Harry Readshaw says the state has unveiled a new anonymous online survey available to anyone in the commonwealth. Read more


Rep. Readshaw meets with local educators

(Dec 07, 2018)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, and his colleagues recently met with local educators for an informative discussion on issues regarding education. Read more