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Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Lawmakers announce four grants to support programs, projects in Berks County

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State Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi as well as state Sen. Judy Schwank announced the approval of four grants for projects and programs in Berks County by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Wednesday. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

(Nov 26, 2019)

Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, bill sponsors Reps. Mark Rozzi, Todd Stephens, and Jim Gregory; legislators; advocates and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. “After tireless and passionate work on the part of so many, especially countless brave victims, these bills will today become law, and victims of one of the most unimaginable forms of abuse will receive the support and rights they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “And while we celebrate the monumental victory of many survivors of childhood sexual abuse finally receiving their opportunity for justice, we must continue pushing forward until every survivor, of every age, has the chance to tell his or her story.” “These reforms fundamentally change our justice system and will protect generations of children who experience abuse from this day on,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “While we still must address justice for those survivors who made this day possible, seeing this progress gives me hope that bravery and activism will win over entrenched interests and powerful institutions.” Gov. Wolf signed these bills: House Bill 962 , sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, abolishes Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse and extends the timeline victims have to file civil action Read more

 

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced the historic passage of two bills that would help bring justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. “For years, I’ve been fighting relentlessly for victims of childhood sexual abuse. During that time, we’ve seen countless examples of the hidden epidemic of child sexual abuse and the coverup by institutions, as more and more survivors shared their stories,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “We could have and should have reformed the statute of limitations years ago, but we’re finally making progress today. This has been a long road that required compromise, given the political dynamic in Pennsylvania. But finally, victims are closer to being guaranteed the ability to seek justice.” House Bill 962, introduced by Rozzi, passed the Senate Wednesday. The bill would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, extend the civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse until the victim reaches age 55, and waive the sovereign and governmental immunity related to childhood sexual abuse. The bill was amended in the Senate and will return to the House for a concurrence vote. The Senate also on Wednesday passed H.B. 963, a constitutional amendment that would open a retroactive two-year window so that victims who have aged out of the current statute could sue for damages. If the bill passes the House and Senate Read more

 

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce three grants totaling more than $300,000

(Nov 14, 2019)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone announced Thursday that two grants totaling $275,000 have been approved for the city of Reading, and a third grant totaling $33,900 will be released to Berks County. Read more

 

Reading Area Community College receives $42,947 in grant funding

(Oct 31, 2019)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank announced Reading Area Community College will receive almost $45,000 in state funding from a Preschool Development Grant as part of a $1.5 million investment from the state to improve the quality of early childcare education. Read more

 

Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi and Sen. Judy Schwank announced $252,821 in grant funding has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support recreation improvement efforts in Berks County. CFA approved grants for: Reading Skatepark Association for $90,000 to develop a skatepark. Berks Nature for $162,821 to install a pedestrian bridge. “The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who will benefit from them,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” Rozzi added: “These projects, especially the skatepark, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations. Children and residents of the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from this new recreational outlet.” The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is funded through the Act 13 —Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by CFA. “These state grant funds will allow Reading and Berks County to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local groups taking initiative in pursuing these funds.” The CFA was established in 2004 as an Read more

 

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28

(Sep 17, 2019)

TEMPLE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at his district office. Rozzi’s office is at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District are invited to bring any papers containing confidential or personal information to have them securely shredded. “Shredding old documents helps to keep personal information out of the hands of identity thieves,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m glad to be able to help make this service easily available for community members.” Anyone with questions can call Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. ### Read more

 

Reading company receives CFA grant

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC was awarded a state grant to develop value-added process for developing infant formula and nutraceutical products from Pennsylvania-sourced milk, state Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today. The $460,375 grant will help Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC to produce products that will enable the consumer to easily determine the source of the infant formula and nutraceutical products, and assure them that their purchases result from a process that promotes animal health. The project includes funds for research, development and marketing. “Parents from all over the world will feel secure feeding their babies nutritional formula produced from the quality milk of our Pennsylvania dairy farmers, creating much-needed jobs right here in Reading,” Caltagirone said. “I’m glad that this grant will be used to help develop products that bring nutritional benefits from the youngest to the oldest of our residents, while also providing a shot in the arm to our state's dairy industry,” Rozzi said. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program. The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides grants to encourage research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the state Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws

(Feb 21, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Rozzi's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more

 

Caltagirone, Rozzi applaud $77,000 awarded to prepare Berks County students for the workforce

(Nov 28, 2018)

State Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, both D-Berks, are commending multiple career and technical schools in Berks County for receiving $77,925 in state grants. The money, which is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf, will be used to buy new equipment for students at: Berks CTC: $27,925 Reading Muhlenberg CTC: $50,000 “Higher education is not solely about four-year degrees, but putting an emphasis on programs that best prepare our students of today for the jobs of tomorrow,” explained Caltagirone. “This money echoes my commitment to making sure bright minds have the proper tools at their disposal that provide the hands-on experience needed to give them the best chance to succeed in the workforce.” “Our career and technical schools are preparing students for jobs that Pennsylvania businesses need to fill,” Rozzi said. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, which will help ensure that schools have the right equipment on site to give students the training they need to be ready for the workplace. I have and will continue to be a great supporter of technical education. Students are graduating and walking right into quality, high paying jobs.” Wolf awarded nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools across the commonwealth. A complete list of Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 02, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Rozzi: Senate must return to deliver justice to abuse survivors

(Oct 22, 2018)

"We will get the "window to justice" passed, as was intended by all of the grand jury recommendations over the past 14 years." Read more

 

Senate Fails to Vote on Child Sex Abuse Bill

(Oct 18, 2018)

In a last ditch and shameful effort to defend those institutions that sexually abused children and then covered up the abuse, Senator Scarnati refused to bring up Senate Bill 261 for a vote. Read more

 

Rozzi releases statement on negotiations over ‘window to justice’

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today released the following statement regarding ongoing negotiations over statutes of limitation reform: “Speculation is that the Senate Majority Caucus plans to amend S.B. 261 to strip institutions from the statute of limitations window for victims of sexual abuse. This is completely unacceptable. A window that does not include institutions is not a window at all. Victims have endured a lifetime of suffering as a result of being sexually abused and then having that abuse covered up by the institutions that abused them. To exclude institutions from the window is just another step toward denying victims the relief that they desperately deserve. This is not a true window to justice.” Rozzi will release further remarks following the review of proposed language. Read more

 

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote

(Oct 15, 2018)

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote Read more

 

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators

(Oct 15, 2018)

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators Read more

 

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims

(Oct 15, 2018)

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims Read more

 

Rozzi announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 13, 2018)

READING, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced several local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. The following local municipalities received grants: Berks County Solid Waste Authority - $85,545 Lower Alsace Township - $283,249 Muhlenberg Township - $335,619 Reading City - $349,992 West Reading Borough - $141,772 “This funding helps encourage our local government agencies to offer programs that make it easier for residents to recycle and take better care of our environment,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, and I’ll continue to support efforts to promote the importance of recycling in our communities.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Rozzi: Statute of limitations reform without a ‘window to justice’ is unacceptable

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today called a recent proposal from Senate leaders on statute of limitations reform “unacceptable” and said that a “window to justice” is essential for abuse victims. “Victims want their day in court. They want to expose predators and those who covered up crimes,” Rozzi said. “They want to protect other children from being harmed. They want a path to justice and healing, and the window is the only way to achieve that.” Last month, the House overwhelmingly passed Rozzi’s “#WindowtoJustice” amendment to S.B. 261, which incorporated the key recommendation from four Grand Jury investigations of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania – the 2005 and 2011 reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the 2016 report on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and the August 2018 report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania. The window has been fiercely opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania. The bill was returned to the Senate, where Republican leaders have opposed the window in the past and offered an alternative proposal which featured “troubling” concepts, including a court process for victims to place perpetrators on a public registry and a one-year period of time for victims to access a compensation fund voluntarily set up by organizations via a tribunal. That proposal does not Read more

 

Lawmakers announce four grants to support programs, projects in Berks County
1 day ago

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Nov 26, 2019

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Nov 21, 2019

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce three grants totaling more than $300,000
Nov 14, 2019

Reading Area Community College receives $42,947 in grant funding
Oct 31, 2019

Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County
Sep 17, 2019

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28
Sep 17, 2019

Reading company receives CFA grant
Mar 26, 2019

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws
Feb 21, 2019

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Caltagirone, Rozzi applaud $77,000 awarded to prepare Berks County students for the workforce
Nov 28, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 02, 2018

Rozzi: Senate must return to deliver justice to abuse survivors
Oct 22, 2018

Senate Fails to Vote on Child Sex Abuse Bill
Oct 18, 2018

Rozzi releases statement on negotiations over ‘window to justice’
Oct 17, 2018

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote
Oct 15, 2018

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators
Oct 15, 2018

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims
Oct 15, 2018

Rozzi announces recycling grants for local municipalities
Oct 13, 2018

Rozzi: Statute of limitations reform without a ‘window to justice’ is unacceptable
Oct 12, 2018