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Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories

(Oct 07, 2019)

As a Special Advisor to the Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, I have the honor of heading up the statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, along with my dedicated colleagues at the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, State Representative Mike Schlossberg, various state agencies, and Prevent Suicide PA. Read more

 

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed

(Sep 26, 2019)

The fires and noise and disruptions of Pennsylvania’s most recent Fourth of July were recalled in Harrisburg this week as lawmakers began to mull changes to the 2017 law that vastly increased sales of fireworks. Read more

 

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously

(Sep 26, 2019)

PLAINS, LUZERNE CO. (WOLF) — In recent years, there's been an uptick in emergency responder suicides and it's gotten the attention of state lawmakers. Read more

 

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg

(Sep 25, 2019)

One said a new "red flag” law on gun ownership could save lives. The other said laws don’t stop criminals. Read more

 

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – The House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee today unanimously adopted legislation introduced by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would establish an emergency responder mental wellness and stress management program in Pennsylvania. Under the legislation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health would be responsible for launching a variety of services to support First Responders “Our First Responders put their lives on the line to protect us, and their efforts often come at a heavy cost to their mental health,” said Schlossberg. “These heroes deserve more than just words of thanks. They deserve the resources and programs they need to get help.” Under the bill, support would include peer-to-peer support programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training and support for non-profit organizations already doing this work. Schlossberg said recent studies have shown that first responders have higher rates of depression, alcohol abuse, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts. To make these programs possible, the bill directs $250,000 annually be dedicated to the Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program. Funding would be made possible by increasing fines for traffic violations from $10 to $20 and Accelerated Read more

 

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts

(Sep 20, 2019)

Mental health wasn’t something Susan Wild imagined becoming one of her primary policy issues when she came to Congress last year. Read more

 

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown

(Sep 16, 2019)

Organizers of the Raise the Minimum Wage rally are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to take up the issue when they return to Harrisburg this week. Read more

 

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state

(Sep 16, 2019)

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley will receive about $150,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to run a Zero Youth Violence program that had its funding cut off in July. The grant will cover the salaries of a coordinator and outreach workers, training, technical assistance and community events, according to a joint news release from Republican state Sen. Pat Browne and Democratic state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, who all worked to secure the funding. Read more

 

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)

(Sep 12, 2019)

You can read the latest edition of Rep. Schlossberg's Capitol Update by clicking here. Read more

 

City, state officials criticize judge's comment about Allentown turning into 'cesspool'

(Sep 05, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh County judge is under fire after saying violence has turned the city of Allentown into a "cesspool." Read more

 

Your View by legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’

(Sep 05, 2019)

We are extremely disappointed that Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony this week, when sentencing a 27-year-old man guilty of murder, chose to use it as an opportunity to label the entire city of Allentown, its residents and its businesses as a “cesspool.” Read more

 

Schlossberg supports Gov. Wolf's executive order to reduce gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an executive order to decrease gun violence in Pennsylvania: “I am beyond grateful that no one was seriously injured in Wednesday's Philadelphia shooting. It is a testament to the great work of the Philadelphia Police Department that this was the case. But sadly, a second shooting occurred Thursday that left four men and one teenage boy injured, with one of the victims in critical condition. This shooting occurred just two miles away from where the six police officers were shot. “Unfortunately, Wednesday's event illustrated a fundamental truth: The prevalence of weapons - like the one used in Wednesday's attack - make all of us less safe, and that goes double for our police officers. Elected officials almost always like to say that we support our first responders, and I very proudly count myself among that group. That being said, this is a good moment to remind all of us that protecting our police means more than just using the hashtag 'Blue Lives Matter.' If you truly believe that 'Blue Lives Matter," taking steps to reduce gun violence is a requirement. “That's why I strongly support the governor's executive order. It contains strong and necessary steps to help reduce the scourge of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. In particular, I look forward to Read more

 

Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform

(Aug 13, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D- Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today of his charter school reform strategy: "Governor Wolf's strong executive action will ensure that, for the first time, in a long time, the Allentown School District has a chance at long-term financial sustainability. “Payments to charter schools cost taxpayers in the Allentown School District $3 million in 1998-1999. That cost is now north of $62 million: a 20-fold increase in 20 years. How 1 out of every 6 dollars paid for by Allentown School District taxpayers is spent is completely out of the hands of the people elected as stewards of our resources. “Based upon estimates from the administration, this stands to save the taxpayers of the Allentown School District $10 million. While I have very proudly worked with Representative Peter Schweyer to secure additional funding for the Allentown School District, this action goes a step further by altering the circumstances which require that additional funding. ASD students should not have their futures determined by the political skill of those who represent them in the legislature. Rather than find emergency funding, I would rather reform the system which required emergency funding in the first place. Governor Wolf’s actions today will allow us to do just that. “I cannot understate the importance of these moves. As a result of what the Read more

 

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows

(Jul 31, 2019)

WHITEHALL TWP. Pa. - Pennsylvania is facing a nursing home workforce shortage, while at the same time, the state's senior population is growing rapidly.How do you fix it? By 2040, a quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older, presenting an imminent and unique challenge for nursing homes. Read more

 

Lehigh Valley lawmakers condemn Allentown shooting, ask Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to intervene

(Jun 25, 2019)

The nature of the shooting that left 10 people wounded in Allentown on Thursday — its number of victims and possible link to gangs — prompted a swift reaction from Lehigh Valley lawmakers, who ordinarily don’t weigh in on day-to-day crime activity. Read more

 

State representatives weigh in on AR-15s being used in Allentown nightclub shooting

(Jun 25, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Two local state representatives are weighing in on reports of A-R-15's being used in the nightclub shooting in Allentown that injured 10. Read more

 

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting

(Jun 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 21— State Representative Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) and State Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) issued the following joint statement in response to news reports from police saying AR-15’s were used in the shooting outside the Déjà vu nightclub that wounded 10 people: “It was almost predictable that one of the firearms used in the Deja Vu shooting was an AR-15,” Schweyer said. “I say predictable because just last year, there was a homicide - across the street from my home - where a woman was murdered by her partner with an AR-15. This weapon has become the go-to choice to for murderers across the nation.” “We have repeatedly seen mass shootings where AR-15 semi-automatic rifles are used: Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and now Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “No community is safe from the effects of deadly assault weapons.” Schweyer and Schlossberg are members of the PA SAFE Caucus, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in Pennsylvania through adequate funding for mental health services, stronger tools for law enforcement, resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “This completely unregulated tool of mass violence isn’t used by law-abiding gun owners for hunting,” Schweyer said. “In far too many cases Read more

 

State, local lawmakers weigh in after shooting outside Allentown nightclub

(Jun 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - State and local lawmakers weighed in on the shooting outside the Deja Vu nightclub in Allentown Thursday in which 10 people were injured. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting

(Jun 20, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 20 -- State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting outside the DejaVu Nightclub in Allentown on June 20, 2019: “Our entire city is shocked and horrified,” Schweyer said. “There is absolutely no justification or rationalization that can begin to explain away last night’s shooting. Like everyone, my heart goes out to those harmed who were innocent.” “This shooting is a frightening moment for Allentown. It is clear we must do more as local, state and federal governments to protect all our citizens,” Schlossberg said. “I remain dedicated to working with our friends in local and state government to stop this violence. Our role is a supportive one, and we are here to give whatever support is necessary.” “Violence has no place in Allentown, and I stand with our residents, community leaders and law enforcement in declaring that a safe city is priority one,” Schweyer said. “As a lifelong resident of Allentown who grew up in Center City, I know we embrace community, compassion and diversity – not violence.” Noting the actions of those who responded to the scene, Schweyer and Schlossberg also thanked those who put their lives on the line. “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic actions early this morning,” Schweyer said. Read more

 

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free

(Jun 17, 2019)

There are two words on billboards, mailers and internet ads for charter schools that have come to grate on state Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “Free tuition.” Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories
Oct 07, 2019

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed
Sep 26, 2019

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously
Sep 26, 2019

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg
Sep 25, 2019

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote
Sep 24, 2019

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts
Sep 20, 2019

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown
Sep 16, 2019

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state
Sep 16, 2019

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)
Sep 12, 2019

City, state officials criticize judge's comment about Allentown turning into 'cesspool'
Sep 05, 2019

Your View by legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’
Sep 05, 2019

Schlossberg supports Gov. Wolf's executive order to reduce gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform
Aug 13, 2019

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows
Jul 31, 2019

Lehigh Valley lawmakers condemn Allentown shooting, ask Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to intervene
Jun 25, 2019

State representatives weigh in on AR-15s being used in Allentown nightclub shooting
Jun 25, 2019

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting
Jun 21, 2019

State, local lawmakers weigh in after shooting outside Allentown nightclub
Jun 21, 2019

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting
Jun 20, 2019

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free
Jun 17, 2019