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Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Rozzi sets up Santa program for local less-fortunate families

(Dec 15, 2015)

TEMPLE, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, reminds constituents in his district there is still time to make the holidays more festive for local families in need. In an effort to help less-fortunate families during the holiday season, Rozzi’s office is coordinating the wish lists of needy families in the 126th Legislative District with area organizations and other community partners. "This holiday season is supposed to be one of joy and fellowship, but it is hard to celebrate when you are struggling financially, which is why my office is collecting Christmas wish lists from families in need. We will match those families up with other families and organizations wishing to ‘adopt’ them for the holiday," said Rozzi. “To date, we have already helped 34 local families make this Christmas extra special for their children, and we are not done yet.” Rozzi’s office is coordinating the gift-giving efforts. Presents obtained will be given to parents in the less-fortunate families so they can give them to their children on Christmas. "If you would like to participate, please contact my office and we'll do our best to match you up with another family who'd like to help,” said Rozzi. "We do not want credit for the gifts; that's why the parents will be the ones acting as Santa for their children. We just want happy families this holiday season.” To help facilitate the "adoptions," Rozzi has created the following Facebook page offering more information: http://on.fb.me/1XT4Ls9. Read more

 

Rozzi: Start Saving for College NOW with PA 529

(Dec 02, 2015)

If a college education is in your child’s future – even if that child is still in diapers – you may want to check out the two PA 529 College Savings Program options. To find out more or to enroll just visit www.pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000. The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office started this plan to help parents pay for future college costs by letting account owners save for tomorrow’s college expenses at today’s plan rates. Read more

 

Rozzi sets up Santa program for local less-fortunate families

(Nov 05, 2015)

TEMPLE, Nov. 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, is doing his part to make the holidays more festive for local families in need. His office is coordinating the wish lists of needy families in the 126th Legislative District with area organizations and other families desiring to help the less fortunate during the holiday season. "My office is collecting Christmas wish lists from families in need, and we will match them up to other families and organizations wishing to 'adopt' them for the holiday," Rozzi said. "We are looking for families in the 126th District who are struggling financially, who may need help in ensuring their children have gifts under the tree to open on Christmas morning. So, if you would like to participate, please contact my office and we'll do our best to match you up with another family who'd like to help." Rozzi said that his office will not purchase the gifts, but simply coordinate the gift-giving efforts. Presents obtained will be given to the parents in the less-fortunate families so they can give them to their children on Christmas. "We do not want credit for the gifts, that's why the parents will be the ones acting as Santa for their children. We just want happy families this holiday season," he said. To help facilitate the "adoptions," Rozzi has created the following Facebook page for more information: http://on.fb.me/1XT4Ls9. Those interested in participating also may contact his office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Rozzi measures recognize commitment of military and their families

(Oct 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, has introduced several bills designed to facilitate job opportunities for military members and their families. “Our commonwealth is home to military service members and families representing every branch of the armed forces, and military service members make noble sacrifices for the American people every day,” Rozzi said. “We cannot honor the men and women in uniform enough for that. It is important that we also address the personal support systems of our service members – their families.” Rozzi's first bill (H.B. 1675) would offer military spouses greater ease in obtaining the transfer of their professional license to Pennsylvania. "The lives of military spouses are marked by frequent deployments, relocations and extended periods of single parenthood. These unique circumstances post a significant obstacle to the maintenance of professional licenses. House Bill 1675 would allow military spouses to move more rapidly and efficiently into the workforce by providing a streamlined process for transferring their professional license to this state," Rozzi said. His second bill (H.B. 1678) would create the Veteran's Entrepreneurial Training and Support Program to provide small-business services to veterans and reservists, with the goal of helping them obtain the necessary skills to create, manage and operate a small business. "It is critical that we pursue policies that stimulate the economy, move businesses forward and crea Read more

 

Rozzi, volunteers to rehab Veterans Grove starting Oct. 17

(Oct 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, the Berks County Monument Preservation Committee, Reading JROTC and Berks County will begin a project to rehab and beautify Reading's City Park Veterans Grove. The work will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. "Veterans Grove is an area of the park dedicated to the men and women who fought for our country, and we should not let that memorial to them deteriorate," Rozzi said. "These monuments were erected in their honor, but there isn't any funding in place for their perpetual care, and the elements are taking their toll. Unfortunately, the city of Reading just isn't in a financial position to maintain the monuments and markers. Our goal with this project is to clean and spruce up the area to help extend the life expectancy of these memorials." Rozzi and about 30 volunteers will extensively clean the monuments, in some cases, removing decades of dirt and grime from their facades. They will wax the bronze plaques to remove dirt and extend their life expectancies, and prep and paint the large gun stands. Landscaping work also will take place, including adding mulch and planting perennials and grasses, edging the walkways, and picking up trash. "We want to make sure that Veterans Grove in Reading City Park remains a proper tribute to our veterans. It's the least we can do in their honor and memory," Rozzi said. Rozzi said he expects the work to be completed before Veterans Day. Read more

 

Rozzi: Say ‘No More’ to Domestic Violence

(Oct 13, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi takes part in the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence's honoring of women and men who’ve died as a result of domestic violence in the past year. Rozzi reads the names of those who’ve lost their lives in Berks County and says it’s time to bring more awareness and encourage people to say “no more” to domestic violence and sexual assault. More information about this issue can be found at www.pasaysnomore.com. Read more

 

Rozzi, Monument Preservation Committee and Wilson Student volunteers to restore veterans monument Thursday

(Oct 13, 2015)

TEMPLE, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, along with the Berks County Preservation Committee and student volunteers from the Wilson High School Interact Club at Wilson High School will clean and beautify the military monuments and plaques and the surrounding areas in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading. The volunteers will begin the work at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at the cemetery, 1119 Centre Ave., Reading. "I continue to be amazed at the support we are getting from all corners of the county, both financially and physically," said Rozzi, D-Berks. "With the Preservation Committee still in its infancy, we continue to make strides towards ensuring these memorials all over the county are well cared for and show the respect which the honored men and women deserve for their sacrifices." In addition to caring for the county's historical monuments, the Berks County Preservation Committee also seeks to educate about them. “We are also rolling out an educational piece, where local historians will be speaking to and teaching our volunteers about the eras and battles the monuments on which we are working. We are excited to hopefully get young folks and adults alike excited about what these monuments represent," said Preservation Committee and Fund President Chad Schlanger. “My students are excited to team up with the Preservation Fund and Representative Rozzi and do this valuable work. Community Service at its core is our mission and this fits perfectly with what my students want to Read more

 

At Capitol event, Rozzi commemorates victims of domestic violence

(Oct 13, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 13 -- State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, participated in a ceremony held today by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence honoring the Pennsylvania victims of domestic violence killed over the past year. This is the second consecutive year for PCADV’s ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, as it commemorates October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the commonwealth. Rozzi was accompanied by over a dozen members of the General Assembly, family members of victims of domestic violence and advocates against domestic violence, including the executive director of PCADV, Peg Dierkers, who delivered the ceremony’s opening remarks. "It doesn’t matter what socio-economic status you come from," Rozzi said. "Anyone can be a victim. We need to do more to help them." In an act of commemoration, Rozzi and the other legislators read the names of the 120 Pennsylvania victims of domestic violence killed in the past year. To help pay tribute to the victims, advocates against domestic violence pieced together a puzzle of an image of Pennsylvania, the pieces of which presented the names of the past year’s victims. Dierkers called domestic violence an “issue for everyone,” with the number of cases “still at epidemic proportions.” She emphasized the need for Pennsylvanians to come together in standing up to domestic violence. “Each loss of life is a loss for all,” she said. Also in attendance was the Commonwealth’s Victim Advocate, Jennifer Storm, and the CEO of th Read more

 

Rozzi: Help Child Abuse Victims Now

(Sep 21, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi says child sex abuse victims must be given more time to get justice against their abusers. His H.B. 661 would raise the age for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim from 30 to 50 years old, among other things. Rozzi, a victim of child abuse himself, adds it takes some victims years, and even decades, to come forward with their stories of abuse, so there shouldn’t be an expiration date barring them from seeking action against perpetrators. Read more

 

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

(Sep 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 — State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, 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 was accompanied by state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry; Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, D-Phila.; Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila.; 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 and Teplitz’s Senate Bill 582, which is an identical Senate companion bill, would raise the age for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim from 30 to 50 and permit previously time-barred victims to bring suit. "Five million dollars has been allocated in our state budget to ensure the Pope’s safety this week in Philadelphia," Rozzi said. "Hours were spent in last month’s 'mock' House session decrying how we don’t care about funding for rape victims and yet not one finger has been lifted in the past ten years by our leaders to enact laws which will actually stop the culture of abuse in this commonwealth." "There’s no expiration date on the pain survivors endure, there should be no expiration date on when they seek justice," Teplitz said. "Our legislation is a fair and reasonable reform measure that needs to be considered now." Bishop’s House Bill 655 would el Read more

 

Rozzi slams Republicans for using victims of rape as a political football during budget debates

(Aug 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today voted against the state House Republicans’ budget line-item veto override attempts, stating that the votes were an “unconstitutional stunt” that inappropriately attempted to use victims of sexual abuse as justification. Rozzi, who has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, said victim rights groups are focused on expanding the ability of survivors of child sexual abuse to seek justice and accountability and that it is inappropriate to drag these victims into a partisan debate about the state budget. Rozzi pointed out that victims of child sexual abuse constitutes nearly 30 percent of cases at PCAR’s rape crisis centers. “I understand that political differences can cause tempers and tensions to rise, but that is not an excuse for the majority party in the General Assembly to use victims of rape and sexual abuse as a political football,” Rozzi said. “How dare they say they are fighting for these victims when they are also simultaneously blocking legislation that would reform the archaic and arbitrary laws that prevent true justice in our state.” Rozzi noted that statute of limitation reform legislation has been held up in committee by the Republican majority for 10 years. Currently, Rozzi’s reform legislation, H.B. 661, is awaiting consideration from the House Judiciary Committee. “If my colleagues from the other side of the aisle are ready to get serious about doing what is right for the Read more

 

Rozzi holds Disability Resource Fair

(Jul 30, 2015)

TEMPLE, July 30 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, hosted constituents and community partners this week at a Disability Resource Fair. Rozzi said he hosted this fair to ensure that the people of Berks County knew about state and federal resources available for individuals with disabilities or those taking care of them. The fair also focused on resources available for veterans and for older Pennsylvanians. “Since I have been in office, I have encountered so many families and individuals who are looking for resources to help them address these type issues,” Rozzi said. “By bringing such a diverse program close to home, I hope that we can connect more people and increase opportunities for everyone." At the fair, community partners and disability advocates presented seminars on a variety of topics. Rozzi held an informative legislative update during the event, including a question-and-answer segment. Fair attendees also had the opportunity to visit with a wide range of exhibitors. "I am happy to be able to provide so many resources in one location to my constituents, and I am very grateful to the individuals and organizations that made this Disability Resource Fair such a success," Rozzi said. "I look forward to holding similar events that bring valuable information and resources to the community in the near future." Read more

 

Rozzi: Republican Math Fails Pa.

(Jul 28, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi joined other House Democrats in York to call for a responsible state budget leading to increased education funding and lower property taxes. They say Gov. Tom Wolf was right to veto the Republican budget, which was loaded with funding gimmicks and failed to address the state's $3 billion structural budget deficit, underfunded schools, and skyrocketing property taxes forcing Pennsylvanians out of their homes. Read more

 

Rozzi hopes to open eyes with the IVIEW program

(Jul 22, 2015)

TEMPLE, July 22 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, introduced legislation today that would establish the Infant Vision Information, Education and Wellness program. Rozzi's legislation, House Bill 1478, is intended to increase early detection of vision and potentially life-threatening abnormalities, including cataracts, glaucoma, leukocoria and retinoblastoma, by requiring all newborns be 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. "When a newborn is delivered in a Pennsylvania hospital, almost every part of the body is examined and tested to ensure that baby is healthy," Rozzi said. "The eyes are one major exception to this, though, and this oversight has resulted in serious ailments going untreated." Rozzi said he learned about the seriousness of eye ailments through his chief of staff, Chad Schlanger, whose son, Lawrence, was born with glaucoma. "Lawrence was born happy and seemingly healthy. It wasn't until mother and child were discharged from the hospital that they noticed a cloudiness in Lawrence's eye," Rozzi said. "A highly-skilled ophthalmologist diagnosed Lawrence with glaucoma, and after multiple surgeries and procedures, he is now doing well and staying healthy with medication." Rozzi explained that while Lawrence will have to wear glasses for the rest of his life due to the damage that was done to the optic nerve by high pressure befo Read more

 

Rozzi and staff lend a vet a hand as part of Operation Renovation

(Jul 10, 2015)

TEMPLE, July 10 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and his staff teamed up with community partners Thursday to help to renovate a local veteran's home as part of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks' "Operation Renovation." "The brave men and women who've served our country in the armed forced deserve our respect and appreciation and I am happy to be able to do my part," Rozzi said. "Initiatives like Operation Renovation are great because they bring the community together to do something good for one of our neighbors." Rozzi and his staff assisted the homeowner with interior updates of the home, replacing lathe siding on the house and other repairs. Operation Renovation is a week-long event that encourages community members to assist veterans and their families with household repairs and renovations free of charge. Read more

 

Rozzi: Sham Budget Denies Property Tax Relief

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more

 

House passes Thomas bill to modernize Second Stage Loan Program

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., announced today that legislation he authored to modernize and streamline the Second Stage Loan Program has passed the House of Representatives. "I'd like to thank my colleagues in the House and especially the members of the Commerce Committee for their support of this effort. Creating an environment that allows businesses to prosper is a vital component of ensuring a bright future for Pennsylvania," said Thomas, Democratic chairman of the House Commerce Committee. The Second Stage Loan Program, one of eight programs created in 2004 when the Commonwealth Financing Authority was established, provides loan guarantees to commercial lending institutions that make loans to Pennsylvanian businesses in the life sciences, advanced technology or manufacturing industries. The program is intended to help business that are past the startup phase but have not yet matured enough to be able to borrow funds based on their financial strength. House Bill 810 alters the requirements of the Second Stage Loan Program to allow business that have existed for more than seven years to participate. Currently, only businesses that are at least two years but less than seven years old are eligible for the program. The bill would also give the CFA the authority to determine the maximum loan guarantee and adjust it based on market conditions. "The restrictions on the age of the businesses and other components proved to be unnecessarily rest Read more

 

Rozzi applauds local farmers' and artists' market on grand opening

(Jun 24, 2015)

TEMPLE, June 24 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, is encouraging constituents of the 126th Legislative District to join him at the Antietam Valley Farmers' and Artists' Market for a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration. The grand opening event will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the historic Carsonia Park, 905 Byram St., Pennside. "I am always happy to support events that support our community and local businesses," Rozzi said. "The Antietam Valley Farmers' and Artists' Market is a valuable asset for the area that promotes locally grown food and artisan crafts. I wish them well on their grand opening and I look forward to attending the market regularly." More than 25 vendors will be present at the grand opening event offering goods ranging from fresh meats and produce to a variety of homemade products. The Antietam Valley Farmers' and Artists' Market will take place every Saturday until the end of October. Read more