Thanksgiving Thoughts

(Nov 26, 2019)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Read more


Opportunity for Veterans

(Nov 22, 2019)

Opportunity for Veterans As Democratic Chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, I would like to share an opportunity for veterans to learn a licensed occupation at an accelerated pace. Read more


Readshaw resolution aims to increase awareness and advocacy

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – The House adopted a resolution declaring Nov. 16 through Nov. 24 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, as introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Read more


Readshaw announces $610,000 in grants to renovate parks

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw said $610,000 in state grants will lead to renovations and improvements at local parks in Baldwin Borough and Pittsburgh. Read more


Readshaw: $500,000 grant to assist in corridor reconstruction

(Nov 13, 2019)

A $500,000 state grant will aid in the reconstruction on the South 21st Street corridor in Pittsburgh, state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced today. Read more


Heating Assistance Available

(Nov 08, 2019)

Help with Heating Your Home The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process is now underway for the 2019-20 calendar year. This program provides qualified residents (either those who own their homes, or renters) assistance with paying heating bills. You can apply online by clicking here , or by calling 1-866-857-7095 . The application process closes April 10, 2020. Speed Cameras In Work Zones The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are now implementing the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) pilot program in an effort to reduce work zone speeding, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists. Automated speed enforcement units will be deployed to active work zones during a 60-day pre-enforcement period. During this time, violations will not be issued. Enforcement is anticipated to begin in early 2020. This new program uses vehicle-mounted timing devices to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 miles per hour or more. They are only operational in active work zones where workers are present. Please note, once enforcement begins, registered vehicle owners will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense; and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. These are considered civil penalties only and no points will be Read more


Readshaw announces $64,800 in school safety grants for district

(Oct 22, 2019)

– State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that $64,800 in state school safety dollars are heading to his district via the Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program. Read more


Readshaw announces $61,750 grant for Brentwood Library

(Oct 17, 2019)

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