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

Rozzi urges Kane to take up new Sandusky case

(Jun 05, 2015)

TEMPLE, June 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today said Attorney General Kathleen Kane should reconsider her decision to not take up the criminal complaint Anthony Spinelli Jr. filed against Jerry Sandusky – and is urging his General Assembly colleagues to support his legislation that would extend the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. Rozzi said he believes Spinelli, who was reportedly assaulted by Sandusky in 1988 at a recruitment camp at Penn State, deserves his day in court. Spinelli filed a criminal complaint last year but no action has been taken by the Office of the Attorney General because Kane claims the statute of limitations has elapsed. "For victims of child sexual abuse, the pain and suffering never goes away. The perpetrators often suffer no consequences because of arbitrary time limits imposed on victims. But this case is different, Mr. Spinelli should be well within his rights to file a criminal complaint and Attorney General Kane should do everything within her power to pursue the case," Rozzi said. "This situation highlights the absurdity of statute of limitations laws for child sexual abuse cases. The legal system should be supportive of victims and not allow abusers to hide behind a technicality." Rozzi's legislation, H.B. 661, would raise the age at which an adult victim of child sex abuse could file a civil claim from 30 to 50 and allow previously time-barred victims to bring a suit to court. Rozzi is also supporting a Read more

 

Rozzi proposal seeks to increase early detection of eye abnormalities

(May 26, 2015)

TEMPLE, May 26 – In an effort to increase early detection of vision and potentially life-threatening abnormalities, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he intends to introduce legislation that would establish the Infant Vision Information, Education and Wellness program. Rozzi's proposal would ensure that all newborns are screened for vision abnormalities before leaving the hospital. All newborns who are not born in a hospital would need to be screened within the first 30 days of life. "The intent of the IVIEW program is to ensure every child in this commonwealth is properly screened for possibly debilitating vision abnormalities that potentially could cost them their vision or even their lives," Rozzi said. "The good news is that screening for these abnormalities is a simple process and early treatment often can resolve the underlying issue." Rozzi said the ailments that the IVIEW screening could detect include cataracts, glaucoma, leukocoria and retinoblastoma. The IVIEW program, which would be established within the Department of Health, also would provide all parents with information about the merits of continued screening and details about needed follow-up care. "A simple eye test can make a world of difference for children born with these abnormalities," Rozzi said. "I look forward to introducing my legislation shortly to address this crucial issue. Rozzi said the IVIEW program would bring Pennsylvania closer to meeting the current American Acade Read more

 

Rozzi thanks supporters for successful Statute of Limitations Reform Lobby Day

(Apr 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 15 – After a strong showing of support from legislators, advocates and victims, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, called today’s lobby day in support of reforms to statute of limitations reform in cases of child sexual abuse a success. Read more

 

Rozzi: Advocates to lobby for statute of limitations reform bills

(Apr 14, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that survivors and advocates for statute of limitations reform in cases of child sexual abuse will be at the state Capitol to encourage House Judiciary Committee action on bipartisan legislation to protect victims better. Read more

 

Spring 2015 Rozzi Report

(Apr 13, 2015)

This January marked the beginning of my second term as your state representative. I am honored and humbled to serve you and represent the 126th Legislative District in the General Assembly. This session, my legislative priorities include property tax relief, public safety and small business development. I will also continue my work to help protect victims of sexual abuse. Read more

 

Rozzi to serve as keynote speaker at SARCC dinner

(Apr 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – As keynote speaker at the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center’s annual dinner, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, will share his personal experience as a victim of sexual abuse. Read more

 

Rozzi to host free vehicle etching event

(Apr 06, 2015)

TEMPLE, April 6 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, will host a free vehicle etching event in an effort to combat vehicle theft in Berks County. Read more

 

The Facts About Child Protection Laws

(Mar 30, 2015)

Over the last two years, nearly two dozen child protection laws were enacted in Pennsylvania. The new laws are working to keep children safer here in Berks County Read more

 

Legislature needs information on medical marijuana

(Mar 24, 2015)

I attended a joint public hearing of the House Health and Judiciary committees in Philadelphia to get information on medical marijuana. It's time for the state to allow the medicine, especially for children with epilepsy. Read more

 

FREE VIN Etching Event

(Mar 20, 2015)

Auto theft is one of the largest property-related crimes committed in Berks County. That is why I’m hosting a free vehicle etching event to help protect your vehicle. Read more

 

Rozzi announces career technical center’s ‘out of this world’ opportunity

(Mar 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 6 — State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced the Reading Muhlenberg Career Technology Center will be involved with making parts for the international space station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is partnering with the Reading Muhlenberg CTC Shop to machine parts for use by space station astronauts. John Keck, liaison between NASA and the local career and technology center, will visit Reading Muhlenberg CTC at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 to examine students’ progress. Read more

 

Rozzi welcomes governor’s proposed property tax reform, education investment

(Mar 03, 2015)

“This budget addresses priorities important to the middle class. Priorities that would fund education, create good-paying jobs and lower property taxes. Read more

 

Rozzi, Bishop joined by advocates, stakeholders to modernize child sex abuse statutes of limitations

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 — State Reps. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and Louise Williams Bishop, D-Phila., held a Capitol news conference today to highlight the drastic need for reform of Pennsylvania’s archaic laws affecting victims of child sexual abuse. Rozzi and Bishop were accompanied by state Sen. Rob Teplitz, state Rep. Tom Murt and prominent reform advocates to discuss their respective bills, which are largely modeled after previously introduced legislation that would modify the statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against perpetrators. Rozzi’s House Bill 661 would raise the age from 30 to 50 years for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim, consistent with criminal statute. Previously time-barred victims would be permitted to bring suit. "For victims of child sexual abuse, the pain and suffering never go away. The perpetrator suffers no consequences. Because of time limits imposed on victims, the perpetrator is free to keep stalking, grooming and destroying more children’s lives. As legislators, we have an obligation to institute laws that safeguard our citizens; especially those who cannot protect themselves, our children," Rozzi said. "I am grateful to my colleagues and those who made it a priority to stand in support of these important legislative initiatives. We will continue to fight for their right to justice. Pedophiles don’t retire and our law should not protect their heinous Read more

 

Rozzi resolution celebrates girls and women in sports

(Feb 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Resolution 59 sponsored by state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, dedicating Feb. 4, 2015 as National Girls and Women in Sports Day was unanimously adopted by the state House today. Read more

 

Preventing, recognizing and reacting to child sexual abuse focus of program held in Muhlenberg

(Jan 23, 2015)

A few hands went up when Tracy Donoff asked what it means that 90 percent of abused children are abused by people they and their families know and trust. "That you can't trust anybody," one woman said. "That you have to be cautious," another said. Donoff led a training session Thursday night at Muhlenberg Middle School on preventing, recognizing and reacting to child sexual abuse. It is called the "Stewards of Children" program, created by the Darkness to Light advocacy group. Read more

 

Rozzi receives 2015-16 House committee assignments

(Jan 20, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he is looking forward to serving on two new and two familiar committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, appointed Rozzi to serve on the Children and Youth, Commerce, Gaming Oversight and Judiciary committees. "I look forward to continuing my work on the House Children and Youth Committee. The committee made great strides last session in strengthening child protection laws in the commonwealth and will surely continue the progress this session. I am especially looking forward to my new seat on the Judiciary Committee. I am hopeful that we will make progress towards strengthening laws that would better protect victims of abuse." Rozzi said. "I feel very fortunate to have a seat on committees that well represent the issues that are important to the people I represent," Rozzi said. There are 28 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before bringing bills to the full House for a vote. Read more

 

Employment Center

(Jan 16, 2015)

Welcome to my Employment Center. You will find everything you need for a successful job search from start to finish. I am committed to helping constituents in the 126th District find new opportunities to improve their lives and I hope you find this information useful. I also welcome your feedback on how this page has helped you... Read more

 

Rozzi sworn in for second state House term

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, was sworn in today for his second term serving the 126th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The swearing in ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  "I am proud of the progress made in my first legislative session. I had a seat in negotiations to strengthen child protection legislation and worked hard to give victims of sexual abuse a voice. I will continue to work hard and push for stronger laws that better protect victims of sexual abuse," Rozzi said.   Rozzi said he will continue to focus on property tax relief efforts, infrastructure improvement, public safety and small business development.Rozzi’s constituent service office is located at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. He said residents are encouraged to stop by or call 610-921-8921 for assistance with state-related issues, including birth certificates and driver and vehicle services.Constituents can also connect with Rozzi by following him on Facebook, Twitter and signing up for email alerts on his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Rozzi.  Read more

 

Rozzi to host child abuse prevention seminar

(Jan 05, 2015)

READING, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free event to teach parents how to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22.The free event will be held at Muhlenberg Middle School, 400 Sharp Ave., Temple. The event is open to the public.The training session will be offered by Darkness to Light and the Berks County YMCA and feature a combination of survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance.“I am proud to partner with Darkness to Light to open the conversation on this tragic topic. As difficult as it is to discuss, we have to bring it to the forefront to better protect children from abuse and to help those who have been abused,” Rozzi explained. “Prevention education is essential to breaking the cycle of abuse.”In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Jan. 29 at the same time and location.For more information, contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921 Read more