Readshaw: Nearly $132,000 in COVID relief funding to area fire, EMS companies

(Oct 13, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced that six fire and EMS companies in the 36 th Legislative District will share $131,819 in state grants awarded to offset operational expenses related to COVID-19. Readshaw said the grants – awarded by the Office of State Fire Commissioner – are necessary to help first responders continue operating as they face additional expenses and a loss of fundraising. “Like other organizations that rely on fundraising, our district’s fire and EMS companies are feeling the pandemic’s harsh economic effects,” Readshaw said. “Mitigation efforts have placed most community events on hold, which has dried up an important source of revenue. “At the same time, first responders are being called on to remain at the front lines and face new risks that demand additional resources. This grant funding from the fire commissioner should help address some of these extreme financial challenges and ensure that our frontline heroes have access to the resources they need.” Readshaw said the awards are as follows: Baldwin Emergency Medical Services Inc. – $23,973. Baldwin Independent Fire Co. No 1 – $24,520. Baldwin Emergency Medical Services Inc. – $24,238. Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company – $20,752. Brentwood Emergency Medical Services Read more


House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more


Readshaw agrees with call to raise capacity for restaurants, bars

(Jul 28, 2020)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he supports a letter written by colleagues urging Gov. Tom Wolf to lift a restriction that imposes a 25% indoor capacity on restaurants and bars. Read more


Readshaw police background bill signed into law

(Jul 14, 2020)

A measure requiring law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough background investigation on potential new hires was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced. The legislation was passed unanimously in both the House and Senate chambers. Read more


Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more


Readshaw police background bill passes in House

(Jun 24, 2020)

A measure requiring law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough background investigation on potential new hires was approved by the state House of Representatives, state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced. The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more


Readshaw police background bill approved in committee

(Jun 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – A measure requiring law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough background investigation on potential new hires was approved by the state House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced. Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 1841 would require law enforcement agencies to conduct the investigation on an applicant for employment as a police officer or for a position leading to employment as a police officer before the applicant can be hired. It also compels a candidate’s present or former employers to disclose such information. This includes both law enforcement agencies and all other types of employers. “While an individual must undergo a background check to be certified as a municipal police officer with the Municipal Police Officers’ Training and Education Committee, what some might not know is that a law enforcement agency is not required by law to turn over employment history on a present or former employee to another agency looking to hire that officer. Law enforcement agencies often fear civil liability in turning over this information,” Readshaw said. “This is a problem, because the hiring agency might not know about past misconduct at other law enforcement agencies or other job positions. I am pleased that my bill is moving forward because employers will be protected from liability for disclosing employment information in good faith, and police departments will be able to get Read more


COVID-19 updates, plus guidance for sports programs, helpful programs

(Jun 11, 2020)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m. June 11, that there are 467 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 77,313. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,113 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 51 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here . COVID-19 testing in nursing homes This week, the Wolf administration issued a universal testing order for nursing homes, requiring that all nursing homes complete baseline testing by July 24. The goal is to quickly identify asymptomatic positive residents, manage their care, and prevent further spread. Updated guidance was also issued for long-term care facilities. Restrictions remain in place in nursing homes in yellow and green phase counties and most likely will be the last restrictions lifted to keep those vulnerable residents safe. New funding to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and many of them are still fighting to survive this pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new $225 million statewide grant program to help local entrepreneurs impacted by this pandemic recover and get back on their feet. MORE DETAILS HERE Emergency assistance extended The Department of Human Services Read more


Adminstration updates on COVID

(Jun 09, 2020)

Wolf administration selects health care emergency preparedness vendor to assist in preparations for fall resurgence of COVID-19 The Wolf Administration today announced it has selected Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) of Philadelphia as its health care emergency preparedness vendor, effective July 8, 2020. PHMC will help move the commonwealth forward in its preparation efforts for future emergencies, including preparations in the case that coronavirus resurges in the fall or winter. Enhanced dashboard launched that highlights demographic, testing and reopening data The administration has launched an enhanced dashboard to pull Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 data and information together in one place. The dashboard further enhances data on demographics of cases, demographics of deaths and the reopening status of counties. The dashboard includes eight different tabs: Pennsylvania case data; County data – with a dropdown menu for specific counties; Case data by ZIP code; Hospital preparedness information; Case demographic information, including cases by gender, ethnicity, age and race; Death demographic information, including deaths by gender, ethnicity, race, age and deaths by place; Testing information; and Reopening status information. New $225 million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 A new $225 Read more


Readshaw: Allegheny County to transition into ‘yellow’ reopening status

(May 08, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, May 8 – Allegheny County is slated to transition from a red to a yellow reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15, state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced today. “The data is clear that the collective sacrifices we’ve made have led us to this moment,” Readshaw said. “This announcement means that many of our small businesses can see, without question, the ability to open up and operate, so long as they follow safe operating guidelines. It also means that we’ll be able to move forward in our communities and work together in this pandemic recovery process. “It’s important as we look toward making the final transition from yellow to green that we remain vigilant with the necessary precautions, so as to not slip backward. We must move forward as safely as possible.” Counties in the yellow designation must follow the following restrictions. Work-related restrictions Telework must continue where allowed and feasible. Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders. Childcare facilities must comply with state guidelines. Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place. School buildings will remain closed to in-person instruction. Social restrictions Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation. Large gatherings of more than 25 Read more


Readshaw encourages schools to apply for emergency funding

(May 07, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, May 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application to the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Once the state’s application is approved, school districts will need to apply for the funding. “As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve, the impact on the operating budgets within our school districts will surely be impacted,” Readshaw said. “As such, I encourage the districts I represnt to apply for this funding to ensure our children are able to continue with their academics and reach their fullest potential.” Locally, it is anticipated that school districts would receive the following funding: Baldwin-Whitehall School District: $505,960 Brentwood School District: $188,981 Pittsburgh School District: $11,146,817 The U.S. Department of Education is expected to approve the application within a week and is currently working on a streamlined application process to ensure the funds can be available to school districts as quickly as possible. The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology Read more


Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Suspended Licensing Regulations

(Apr 03, 2020)

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Suspended Licensing Regulations Read more


Taking COVID-19 seriously

(Mar 24, 2020)

Taking COVID-19 seriously Read more


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 23, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: For individuals : For families : For businesses : COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: The following link provides you with Read more


Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more


Important Voting and Census Information

(Mar 12, 2020)

Your vote and your participation matters! Read more


Real ID Update

(Mar 12, 2020)

REAL IDs are now available. October 1, 2020 is the deadline to get a REAL ID. Read more


Readshaw: Local school districts awarded more than $1 million

(Feb 26, 2020)

A total of more than $1 million in state funding has been awarded to three schools within the 36th Legislative District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Read more


Readshaw announces six grants for local fire and emergency medical service organizations

(Jan 21, 2020)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced the award of $77,619 in state grants to six fire and ambulance companies in the 36th Legislative District. Read more


Readshaw announces $35,000 grant to advance STEM education

(Jan 17, 2020)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced a $35,000 PAsmart Grant award to the Brentwood Borough School District for the advancement of computer science classes and teacher training. Read more