Rep. Schlossberg votes for state pension reform

(Jun 08, 2017)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today voted to pass legislation ( S.B. 1 ), a bill which would alter the retirement plan offered to new employees in the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System and the Pennsylvania Public Schools Employees’ Retirement System. State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said since taking office, pension reform has been on the agenda each time the budget process has been underway and he has repeatedly cast votes opposing a variety of pension reform proposals. Schlossberg issued the following statement regarding S.B. 1, the latest pension overhaul effort: “I voted in favor of S.B. 1 because I feel it achieves a critical end: In the event of another stock market crash, risk is shifted away from the taxpayers, which is largely responsible for much of the current crisis. To be clear, this bill does nothing to address the current unfunded liability. That will take real revenue and political courage to fully solve. However, this proposal does help to stop future bleeding, while maintaining a secure retirement for current employees and retirees. Future employees will have options to determine a retirement plan which would meet their retirement security needs at 85-90 percent of benefits for current employees. “No proposal is perfect and Pennsylvania’s pension crisis is not going to magically disappear. I believe this legislation is necessary to ensure the long-term solvency of Pennsylvania’s Read more

 

Schlossberg issues statement on Real ID

(May 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement today, after the General Assembly approved S.B. 133, which addresses issues relative to the federal Real ID law: “The General Assembly approved Senate Bill 133,” Schlossberg said. “As a result, it appears Pennsylvania will be able to fulfill its responsibilities under the federal Real ID law. This is good news for travelers and Pennsylvania residents who need to access federal facilities. "The bill, which the governor is expected to sign into law, will establish two tiers of identification: standard issue driver’s license/photo identification and Real ID-compliant drivers’ license/photo identification. Pennsylvania residents will be able to choose which they prefer. "While my preference would have been for a simple repeal of the 2012 legislation prohibiting Pennsylvania’s compliance with Real ID, I voted yes on this legislation because Pennsylvania cannot leave its citizens stranded at the airport or on the steps of military bases and federal courthouses. "I am concerned the two-tier approach is going to cause confusion and headache for people who do not realize their standard issue driver’s license is not Real ID compliant. When the Transportation Department made changes to the online processing for vehicle registration, requiring people to print their registration card rather than PennDOT mailing it, my Read more

 

Schlossberg bill helping moms battling postpartum depression is approved by House Children and Youth Committee

(May 23, 2017)

A bill co-sponsored by state Reps. Tarah Toohil, D-Luzerne, and Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, that would make resources available for children born to mothers who are at high risk for maternal depression has been approved today by members of the House Children and Youth Committee and awaits a full House vote. Schlossberg said H.B.200 would help to ensure that infants and their mothers affected by postpartum depression have access to services that are currently in place in their community that provide support and referrals necessary for the healthy development of infants. “I am grateful to House committee chair people Representatives Scott Conklin and Kathy Watson for bringing this important legislation up for a vote in committee,” Schlossberg said. ‘It is wonderful to see the bipartisan support Representative Toolhil and I have received in making early intervention services easier for mothers. Strong and thriving babies need strong and thriving mothers.” Maternal depression, also known as postpartum depression, is a type of clinical depression which can affect up to 80 percent of new mothers in a mild, short-term form. More intense symptoms which can last up to a year affects about 10-20 percent of new mothers. Yet, only 15 percent of women seek treatment for postpartum depression. "All too often, a woman is unable or unwilling to seek the services that she needs in order to treat postpartum depression, for both herself and her Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg host free Senior Fair

(May 22, 2017)

Schweyer, Schlossberg host free Senior Fair ALLENTOWN, May 19 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, welcomed area seniors at their annual Senior Fair today, Friday, May 19 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. "This year's event was very successful," Schweyer said. "By working together with my colleague, we were able to reach many more seniors because this is a great opportunity for attendees to get valuable information on resources in their community and ask questions all in one place." "As always, these events are well attended and enable both Representative Schweyer and myself to provide a way for our seniors to come and find out information they may not have been aware of before, in addition to enjoying the opportunity to engage and socialize," said Schlossberg. Those attending were able to have health and wellness screenings, and receive with information about various state and federal programs. Light refreshments were also available. Read more

 

Schlossberg continues efforts to help sexual assault victims

(May 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – In an effort to help protect the rights of victims of sexual assault, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg plans to introduce legislation related to challenges faced by victims of sexual assault. Read more

 

Schlossberg Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

(May 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg speaks on House Resolution 219 which designates the month of May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schlossberg amendment would provide transparency to ‘free’ tuition ads (WITH VIDEO)

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – Public schools that advertise “free” tuition or transportation would be required to state that taxpayer dollars are paying the cost, under an amendment that was adopted by the state House of Representatives today, according to its prime sponsor Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – House Democrats today unveiled a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. "I am hopeful we can pull together bipartisan support for these bills that improve efficiencies and accountability, which means that there will be more money available for education. Providing high-quality education to all Pennsylvania students should be the ultimate goal of our educational system," said Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill ( H.B. 1199 ) that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "The auditor general's office has identified millions of dollars in questionable charter school leases. We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front, and we need to recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases. Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids," Roebuck said. Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne, introduced a bill ( H.B. 1198 ) that would bring charter schools in line with school districts by imposing limits on the surpluses that charter schools may accumulate. "My legislation Read more

 

Internet privacy bills floated in PA statehouse

(Apr 18, 2017)

While leaders in Washington have backed away from federal privacy protections on the Internet, officials in Harrisburg are looking to bring them back at the state level. Read more

 

Cedar Crest breaks ground on FalconPlex field house

(Apr 15, 2017)

Cedar Crest College begins works on the first phase of the FalconPlex. The start of construction was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site, now the campus's soccer field. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Consumers need better internet identity protection

(Apr 13, 2017)

State Rep Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, plans to introduce legislation that would require an internet service provider or telecommunications company to notify consumers of its privacy and security policies in easy-to-read language. Schlossberg’s legislation is part of a six-bill online privacy and security package. "My constituents and all citizens across Pennsylvania need to know how their data or profiles are being used and sold and they need to be protected," Schlossberg said. "My bill would require ISPs and telecommunications companies to notify customers of privacy and security policies in easily understandable language." Schlossberg said Congress recently passed a bill that will reverse and block internet privacy rules that were passed by the Federal Communications Commission. These FCC rules were designed to protect consumers, but because of a federal administration reversal of opinion by the Trump administration, the personal information of millions of American can be sold by ISPs and telecommunication companies to advertisers and other third parties. In addition, under Schlossberg’s bill, any violation would be considered a breach of trust under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. "Privacy is a fundamental right. This includes privacy from government and big business intrusion," Schlossberg said. Nobody -- government or business -- has the right to profit off of somebody else’s Read more

 

A new era for athletics begins with $3M project at this Lehigh Valley college

(Apr 11, 2017)

The soccer field is going from grass to turf, but it's hardly the only component of a new $3 million athletic facility that's got Cedar Crest College excited. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood in the state

(Apr 04, 2017)

Republicans in Pennsylvania offer their latest attempt at eliminating an important family planning ogranization Read more

 

‘Free’ tuition ads would be prohibited under Schlossberg bill

(Apr 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit public school entities from advertising “free” tuition or transportation and require them to disclose that instructional and transportation costs are paid for by tax dollars. Read more

 

Toohil puts spotlight on mothers’ secret battle

(Apr 01, 2017)

The bill would make postpartum depression a qualifying condition under the existing Pennsylvania Early Intervention program, meaning mothers at high risk for postpartum depression and their infant would be automatically eligible for assessment and tracking through the program. Read more

 

Schlossberg says Pawlowski should resign

(Mar 22, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, March 22 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued the following statement regarding Mayor Ed Pawlowski: Read more

 

Schlossberg sees much to like in governor’s budget proposal

(Feb 07, 2017)

This budget is an important first step in giving us an opportunity to invest in the people and services that matter. (with VIDEO) Read more

 

Today’s children are tomorrow’s workers, doctors, teachers, scientists

(Feb 02, 2017)

No investment is more important than early childhood education. This is a moral obligation, opens opportunities for good jobs and represents a commitment to our future well-being. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss suicide prevention

(Feb 01, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy roundtable discussion at Muhlenberg College to learn more about suicide prevention in teens and young adults. Schlossberg, who has publicly discussed his own battles with anxiety and depression, noted that suicide is rising among all age groups, including young adults. The roundtable explored factors that make young adults more likely to commit suicide, as well as potential legislative remedies. "We heard some tragic stories today, but we also heard some stories that give us hope. To prevent suicides, we have to address the mental health challenges in schools and in the community," Schlossberg said. "We need to break down stigmas, which prevent people from getting the help they need. Finally, the legislature needs to support these efforts with effective policy and financial resources so no family has to face the tragedy of suicide." While speaking of the dire need for more providers and the resulting long waits for appointments or simply no available treatment at all, Maggie Murphy, the executive director of NAMI Lehigh Valley said, "Imagine the outrage if the number of children with cancer did not get treatment. We need to provide the same level of treatment for mental illness that we provide for cancer." "These are real people, real stories and real pain coming from suicide, said Richard Orlemann, deputy mental health administrator for Read more

 

The uphill climb to resolving Pennsylvania's lead paint crisis

(Jan 31, 2017)

In Lehigh and Warren counties, more than one in five children tested has elevated blood lead levels, contradicting the perception that lead poisoning is an urban scourge. Read more

 

Rep. Schlossberg votes for state pension reform
Jun 08, 2017

Schlossberg issues statement on Real ID
May 24, 2017

Schlossberg bill helping moms battling postpartum depression is approved by House Children and Youth Committee
May 23, 2017

Schweyer, Schlossberg host free Senior Fair
May 22, 2017

Schlossberg continues efforts to help sexual assault victims
May 17, 2017

Schlossberg Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
May 08, 2017

Schlossberg amendment would provide transparency to ‘free’ tuition ads (WITH VIDEO)
Apr 19, 2017

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally
Apr 19, 2017

Internet privacy bills floated in PA statehouse
Apr 18, 2017

Cedar Crest breaks ground on FalconPlex field house
Apr 15, 2017

Schlossberg: Consumers need better internet identity protection
Apr 13, 2017

A new era for athletics begins with $3M project at this Lehigh Valley college
Apr 11, 2017

Pennsylvania Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood in the state
Apr 04, 2017

‘Free’ tuition ads would be prohibited under Schlossberg bill
Apr 03, 2017

Toohil puts spotlight on mothers’ secret battle
Apr 01, 2017

Schlossberg says Pawlowski should resign
Mar 22, 2017

Schlossberg sees much to like in governor’s budget proposal
Feb 07, 2017

Today’s children are tomorrow’s workers, doctors, teachers, scientists
Feb 02, 2017

Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss suicide prevention
Feb 01, 2017

The uphill climb to resolving Pennsylvania's lead paint crisis
Jan 31, 2017