Schlossberg’s mental health legislation headed to governor

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – Legislation that would support suicide prevention and mental health services at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania today passed the state Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk, according to the bill’s author Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “It’s vitally important that we take the correct steps to help ensure mental health problems are addressed before a student is found contemplating suicide. A supportive community and the correct treatment can be the difference in helping a student stay on track toward success and it can save lives,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. Schlossberg’s legislation (H.B. 1822) would establish a certification process and standards for those schools which elect to become a Certified Suicide Prevention Institution of Higher Education. Through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, institutions would be recognized for their commitment to providing students with information and services to meet their mental health needs and to assist in the event a student experiences a mental health crisis. The proposal was initiated as a result of a study initiated by Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Phila., after multiple suicides at the University of Pennsylvania. “Mental health counseling was essential in helping me to deal with my own experiences with depression and anxiety when I was attending college,” Schlossberg said. “By making sure that students know which services and Read more

 

Schlossberg: House passes mental health legislation

(Oct 09, 2018)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said legislation that supports suicide prevention and mental health services at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania today passed the House of Representatives. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Mental health bill moving to full House

(Sep 24, 2018)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced legislation he authored (H.B. 1822) today was amended and moved out of the House Education Committee. Read more

 

Business leaders discuss the opioid epidemic

(Sep 14, 2018)

Local business leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the opioid epidemic in their own businesses. Read more

 

Allentown mom pushes for cameras on school buses to catch drivers who don't stop

(Aug 26, 2018)

Amber Clark was dropping off her daughter at a bus stop in Allentown last fall when a car whizzed by the school bus so quickly it startled Clark. Read more

 

Public Sector Job Fair

(Aug 21, 2018)

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Schweyer, Schlossberg and McNeill to co-host Sept. 6 government jobs fair in Allentown

(Aug 21, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 21 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today they will co-host a government jobs fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Cumberland Gardens Boys & Girls Club Gym, 501 E. Susquehanna St. Designed to help local residents connect with government employers about work prospects, the event will include resume reviews, as well as representatives from several government agencies currently hiring. “Employment with the government offers stable, family-sustaining jobs for many people throughout Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “Our job fair will help prepare people for their first job, assist those revamping their career and provide everyone in between the tools necessary to succeed.” “Our community is filled with capable individuals with great potential,” Schlossberg said. “By highlighting professional opportunities in the Allentown area, my colleagues and I hope to help recruit high achieving employees for our government.” “Working with my colleagues to plan an event like this is important for the future of our area,” McNeill said. I look forward to meeting the hardworking people of the Lehigh Valley and to help with their professional development.” For more information about the event, contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270, Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577 or McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

Capitol Update (Parkland Version)

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Capitol Update (Allentown Residents)

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Grand jury makes recommendations after child sex abuse investigation

(Aug 15, 2018)

There are four recommendations in the report that the grand jury investigating child sex abuse crimes in the Catholic Church thinks needs to be law. Read more

 

Manufacturing projects bring new jobs to Lehigh Valley

(Aug 08, 2018)

A pair of manufacturing projects will bring nearly 200 new jobs to the Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce funding for renovation

(Aug 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, and state Sen. Pat Browne announced today funding to renovate the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority’s manufacturing site, which will provide employment opportunities and further economic development for the Lehigh Valley. The project is supported by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and will provide 75 full-time, manufacturing jobs once completed. Funding will cover construction costs related to the renovation of the 52,000 square foot building at 606 S. 10 th St. in Allentown and will specifically be used toward the cost of roof replacement, wall and ceiling insulation as well as new or replacement of windows and doors. “The Allentown Metal Works is at the heart of Allentown’s manufacturing history,” Schlossberg said. “I am thrilled to work with Governor Wolf, Representative Schweyer and Senator Browne to help create jobs that pay at this location during these exciting times in Allentown.” “Allentown Metal Works is an old fabricating building that will be brought back to life by this project,” Schweyer said. “Through the vision of the entrepreneurs that will inhabit this space, our city will see light manufacturing start-ups playing a key role in the city’s continued economic redevelopment. I look forward to working with the administration, my colleagues and our local partners to invest in job Read more

 

Gov. Wolf pushes for overhaul of overtime pay rules

(Jun 29, 2018)

Gov. Wolf is following through with a promise he made back in January to overhaul overtime pay rules. Read more

 

Allentown School Board passes balanced budget with 3.7 percent tax hike

(Jun 29, 2018)

The Allentown School Board, initially facing a $28 million deficit, unanimously passed a $318 million balanced budget that cuts no positions but raises taxes by 3.7 percent. Read more

 

State reps prepare bill to help workers join unions

(Jun 28, 2018)

As expected, the Supreme Court voted against unions and working people in the Janus v. AFSCME case. This landmark decision makes it easier for anti-worker extremists to rig the economy and try to divide working people. Read more

 

Bridge safety fencing bill heads to governor

(Jun 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – Legislation that includes language offered by Rep. Mike Schlossberg that would require bridges throughout Pennsylvania to have safety fencing installed on them to help prevent suicides is on its way to the governor’s desk. Read more

 

Browne, Schlossberg, Schweyer secure $10 million for Allentown School District

(Jun 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne and Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, today announced they secured a $10 million supplement for the Allentown School District in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Fund Budget which passed the state Senate and House of Representatives and will be sent to the governor for his signature. Read more

 

Bridge fencing saves lives. Lawmakers want it on Pa. bridges.

(Jun 14, 2018)

The national discussion about suicide in the wake of two high-profile deaths is bolstering an effort to add fencing to some Pennsylvania bridges. Read more

 

House OKs bill to improve postpartum depression care

(Jun 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation that would offer state help to mothers struggling with postpartum depression. Read more

 

Safety fencing to curtail suicides proposed for bridges

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Bridges throughout Pennsylvania would have safety fencing installed on them to help prevent suicides if an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Schlossberg and adopted unanimously by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday becomes law. Read more