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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

 

Rozzi to host free shredding event Oct. 20

(Oct 11, 2018)

READING, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at his district office. “Shredding old documents that contain confidential information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This event makes it easy to dispose of those papers safely. The shredded papers will be recycled, so it’s better for the environment, too.” The event will take place in the parking lot behind the office at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District can bring up to 10 boxes of documents to be securely shredding on site and recycled. Attendees are advised to remove all plastic bags, tape and paper clips in advance. Anyone with questions should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Rozzi congratulates Reading on parks grant

(Oct 10, 2018)

READING, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi congratulated the City of Reading on being awarded $300,000 in state funding to rehabilitate Baer Park and the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the grant, made available through the Keystone Fund, on Tuesday. Work at Baer Park will include renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad water feature and new walkways. At the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground, work will include new playground equipment, as well as renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad, and walkways. “These parks are immensely important to our neighborhoods, offering space for recreational activity and serving as community gathering places. This funding is an investment in improving the quality of life for residents of Reading,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources saw the value of improving these parks.” DCNR’s Keystone Fund is celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania. Learn more by visiting www.dcnr.pa.gov and clicking on “grants.” Read more

 

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill

(Oct 09, 2018)

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill Read more

 

This Week in Pennsylvania: Rozzi discusses statute of limitations

(Oct 05, 2018)

This Week in Pennsylvania: Rozzi discusses statute of limitations Read more

 

Rozzi announces safety grant for Muhlenberg School District

(Oct 04, 2018)

READING, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced that Muhlenberg School District was awarded a state grant aimed at improving school safety. Muhlenberg School District was awarded an $18,890 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted grant program. “It’s become clear in recent years that we have to do more to protect our children, including while they are in school,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m glad to see Muhlenberg School District awarded this grant to help enhance the programs they have in place to ensure student safety. If our students feel safe, they can concentrate on learning.” The Education Department awarded $8.4 million in Safe Schools Targeted grants Thursday. The funding includes program grants for school entities to establish programs to prevent and reduce violence; equipment grants to help school entities procure security or safety equipment; funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers, employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to schools, and school police officers, employed directly by school districts. More information on the grants can be found here. Rozzi also supported the creation of a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program to be administered through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency . The deadline for schools to apply for those grants is Oct. 12. Read more

 

Pa. House gives final passage to child sex abuse bill; Senate consideration is next

(Sep 25, 2018)

Pa. House gives final passage to child sex abuse bill; Senate consideration is next Read more

 

Pa. House advances bill allowing older victims of child sexual abuse to sue

(Sep 25, 2018)

Pa. House advances bill allowing older victims of child sexual abuse to sue Read more

 

Pennsylvania state lawmaker, a Catholic clergy abuse victim himself, fights for reform

(Sep 25, 2018)

Pennsylvania state lawmaker, a Catholic clergy abuse victim himself, fights for reform Read more

 

House approves window amendment for victims of child sex abuse

(Sep 25, 2018)

House approves window amendment for child sex abuse victims Read more

 

Rozzi: Demand The Window To Justice

(Sep 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi says the time is now. Make your voice count. Let’s pass the #WindowToJustice now. Read more

 

Rozzi announces grant for Reading Public Library, Northwest Branch

(Sep 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced that the Reading Public Library’s Northwest Branch was awarded a state grant to help replace its aging heating and cooling system. The Keystone Library Grant of $77,500 will help the library replace its 39-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. The funding was among $6.8 million in library grants awarded by the state Department of Education on Thursday. “Public libraries are a fundamental part of our communities – hubs that provide an ever-growing list of services for residents. So we have to help keep our libraries in good shape,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that the state awarded this grant to help the Reading Public Library complete necessary upgrades at the Northwest Branch. Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. They must be matched dollar-for-dollar, and they can be used for projects such as HVAC upgrades, ADA upgrades, roof or window replacements, expansion projects and more. Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers must offer those victimized as children by priests a window in which to seek justice

(Sep 14, 2018)

Pennsylvania lawmakers must offer those victimized as children by priests a window in which to seek justice Read more

 

OPINION: I call BS

(Aug 31, 2018)

Let me get this straight. The President Pro Tem of the Pennsylvania Senate directs the Catholic Church to remove predator priests, provide restitution to victims and establish a victim compensation fund “this year,” administered by a neutral third party. Then the bishop of Erie endorses Sen. Joseph Scarnati’s proposal noting that “We are days away from a short election-season session for the state legislature” and directs his lawyers to “collaborate with the Pennsylvania Legislature” to put together said fund. And, while both Scarnati and the bishop decry the pain and suffering of victims, they agree that a retroactive two-year window to access justice for those victims, would lead to “protracted legal wrangling over the constitutionality of a retroactive change” to statute of limitation laws. Wait a minute. In whose interests are they acting and in what capacity? Why do these interchangeable representatives of the religious and secular worlds insist on protecting pedophiles and their enablers at the expense of victims? Can they not comprehend that when predators harmed children, they violated the law and therefore subjected themselves to liability? Why should those victims, now adults who took years to reconcile their trauma, be subject to arbitrary deadlines? They were kids … not products and services. Do the Senate leaders and the bishops not appreciate that these restitution programs only benefit Read more

 

1A: Is it Time to Scrap Statutes of Limitations?

(Aug 30, 2018)

Rep. Rozzi was a guest on NPR's 1A to discuss statutes of limitations. Read more

 

In wake of clergy abuse report, a likely legislative fight brews

(Aug 21, 2018)

In wake of clergy abuse report, a likely legislative fight brews Read more

 

Lawmaker: Nuns taught us to be held accountable

(Aug 16, 2018)

CNN: Lawmaker: Nuns taught us to be held accountable Read more

 

Pa. clergy abuse report on Catholic church puts spotlight on statute of limitations

(Aug 14, 2018)

Pa. clergy abuse report on Catholic church puts spotlight on statute of limitations Read more

 

Rozzi: Justice delayed is justice denied

(Jul 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, released the following statement in response to Judge Norman Krumenacker’s ruling today that some redacted briefs filed in the Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury be made public. “The legal maneuverings that the Catholic Church is going through to prevent the release of the statewide grand jury report is nothing short of reprehensible. “First, the bishops of the six dioceses under investigation were provided the entire 884 pages of the report, not just the portions relative to unindicted named persons. Why this concession and what did they do with it? “Next thing, scores of petitioners, represented by high-powered attorneys, filed motions with the state Supreme Court to stay the release of the report based on of all things: that reputations might be harmed. One can only imagine how the victims felt or feel about those motions. “Then, the cleric petitioners were granted the opportunity to challenge statements of sworn testifiers and make appeals for whole pages of redactions to the report, citing due process. If they want due process, that’s fine: give the victims their day in court and the predators and those who are in charge of them can go to town protecting their reputations. “There are really only two ways that victims’ voices can be heard and get to the truth: through the court room or grand jury investigations. Read more

 

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce $844,640 state grant for N. Front Street signals

(Jul 12, 2018)

READING, July 12 – Reading will receive an $844,640 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Green Light - Go grant to upgrade four traffic signals along North Front Street. “These upgrades will contribute greatly to the safety and mobility along North Front Street,” said state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help bring this funding to Reading.” “These are necessary improvements to the traffic grid in Reading, and I congratulate the city, which was one of only 70 municipalities to receive funding in this round of grants,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to future upgrades and will continue to advocate for them.” The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light - Go Program can be used for a range of operational improvements including light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more

 

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

Rozzi to host free shredding event Oct. 20
Oct 11, 2018

Rozzi congratulates Reading on parks grant
Oct 10, 2018

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill
Oct 09, 2018

This Week in Pennsylvania: Rozzi discusses statute of limitations
Oct 05, 2018

Rozzi announces safety grant for Muhlenberg School District
Oct 04, 2018

Pa. House gives final passage to child sex abuse bill; Senate consideration is next
Sep 25, 2018

Pa. House advances bill allowing older victims of child sexual abuse to sue
Sep 25, 2018

Pennsylvania state lawmaker, a Catholic clergy abuse victim himself, fights for reform
Sep 25, 2018

House approves window amendment for victims of child sex abuse
Sep 25, 2018

Rozzi: Demand The Window To Justice
Sep 24, 2018

Rozzi announces grant for Reading Public Library, Northwest Branch
Sep 20, 2018

Pennsylvania lawmakers must offer those victimized as children by priests a window in which to seek justice
Sep 14, 2018

OPINION: I call BS
Aug 31, 2018

1A: Is it Time to Scrap Statutes of Limitations?
Aug 30, 2018

In wake of clergy abuse report, a likely legislative fight brews
Aug 21, 2018

Lawmaker: Nuns taught us to be held accountable
Aug 16, 2018

Pa. clergy abuse report on Catholic church puts spotlight on statute of limitations
Aug 14, 2018

Rozzi: Justice delayed is justice denied
Jul 20, 2018

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce $844,640 state grant for N. Front Street signals
Jul 12, 2018