Schlossberg Honored for Suicide Prevention

(May 31, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg was honored today by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the "Allies in Action" award for his advocacy for people living with mental health conditions. Read more

 

Pa House rejects bids to expand gambling

(May 25, 2016)

Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, voted against the bills. "I have hundreds of constituents employed there [at Sands], and government is supposed to be in the business of expanding jobs, not endangering them," Schlossberg said. "I am genuinely worried about the impact that expanded Internet gaming and machines in restaurants and taverns could have on addiction and crime." All Lehigh Valley lawmakers voted against the amendments. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Car Seat Bill is Bipartisanship in Action

(May 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg applauded House passage of a Senate Bill that requires infants younger than 2 to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle. State Senator Pat Browne bill is identical to legislation Schlossberg previously introduced in the House and Schlossberg says is a great example of what can be done in Harrisburg when political parties come together. Read more

 

Schlossberg Welcomes Area Seniors

(May 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg held his annual senior fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving local seniors a chance to learn more about the many government, volunteer, and non profit programs that are available to them. Read more

 

Browne and Schlossberg applaud passage of rear-facing car seat bill

(May 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Senator Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today applauded House passage of S.B. 1152, which would require infants younger than 2 to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle. Browne’s S.B. 1152, which is identical to legislation Schlossberg previously introduced in the House, is now on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf for signature into law. "After hearing from health care professionals and after seeing safety studies that have shown that children under two are better protected in car accidents when they are in rear-facing car seats, it was crucial that we changed the law in Pennsylvania to better ensure the safety of young children," said Browne. Currently, state law requires all children younger than 4 to be properly secured in an approved car seat, but the law does not specify how the car seat should be facing. Browne said numerous studies have shown rear-facing car seats do a far better job at protecting an infant’s head, neck and spine. “As a father of two young children, I know parents and caregivers want to be doing the right thing for their child, especially when it involves that child’s safety. The best thing we can do for our children while they are traveling with us in our vehicles is to ensure they are properly secured,” Schlossberg said. “Efforts such as this, which bring together both sides of the aisle and both chambers serve Pennsylvania best. I was glad to be able to work with Senator Read more

 

Lawmakers, health officials in Allentown to discuss opioids

(May 20, 2016)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg says in the past Harrisburg has done several things to help. Give immunity to those who call 911 for a heroin overdose, equip police with Naloxone, an overdose reversal drug that helped nearly 1,000 people last year and develop a prescription drug database to make it harder for the addicted to shop doctors. Read more

 

McNeill hosts roundtable with Secretary Tennis on addiction and treatment

(May 19, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, May 19 – State Rep. Dan McNeill today hosted a roundtable discussion with Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis on addiction and treatment services. "Addiction is a problem that is plaguing not only the Lehigh Valley but the entire state," McNeill said. "We must get a handle on this problem, and today’s roundtable at St. Luke’s continues the conversation we started at my town hall in February." McNeill, joined by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, said he requested this discussion to raise awareness of the human cost surrounding Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing drug problem. "We are in the midst of the worst ever overdose death epidemic and the worst public health crisis of the last 100 years," Tennis said. "Governor Tom Wolf has made addressing the epidemic a top priority, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has taken a lead role in helping keep Pennsylvanians alive and getting them into treatment and recovery." According to a study by the Pennsylvania Coroners and Medical Examiners, there were 2,488 drug-related deaths in 2014 with 85 of them in Lehigh County. "Pennsylvania unfortunately ranks among the top 10 states in per capita heroin and opioid deaths," Schlossberg said. "But discussions like the one hosted today by Representative McNeill are an important step in changing that reality. "What I heard today Read more

 

Schlossberg to be honored by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

(May 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today he will receive an Allies in Action award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at an upcoming event in June. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will honor Schlossberg for "his great support and advocacy work for people living with mental health conditions and for removing barriers to treatment." "The stigma surrounding mental health challenges remains, despite the fact that one out of every five adults in this country actively suffers from one. It is one of the reasons only 30 to 40 percent of those people will seek treatment. This stigma has resulted in nothing more than wasted life and squandered potential," Schlossberg said. "I am deeply honored to receive this award in recognition of my work trying to uproot that stigma. I will continue to tell my story and fight to raise awareness about this issue." The Allies in Action Award is presented annually to members of Congress, state legislators and advocates who have done exemplary work in preventing suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. "Mike Schlossberg has proven himself as a leader on mental health issues and has repeatedly been able to provide a unique context to matters being discussed in the House," said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. "He is a tireless advocate for the mental health community in Pennsylvania and is truly deserving of this honor." Sc Read more

 

Schlossberg resolution designates May as ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – In an effort to raise awareness about mental health, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. House Resolution 764 designates May 2016 as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. “Resolutions like this are meant to bring attention to important problems, to things that affect our constituents deeply. One out of every five adults in this country and in this commonwealth actively suffers from some sort of mental health challenge, and one out of every two will over the course of their lifetime,” Schlossberg said. “But only 30 to 40 percent of those people will seek treatment. There are a variety of reasons to explain this but the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders is a big part of the issue.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 43.6 million adults in the United States suffer from a mental illness. Mental health disorders can affect individuals of any race, religion, age or economic status. Schlossberg, who is the co-chair and co-founder of the bipartisan Mental Health Caucus, said that during his own personal struggle with mental illness he was shocked at how often others wrote off what he was going through as a weakness in character. “I would encourage everyone in the course of their daily lives to remind those who suffer from some sort of mental health challenge, or those who love or know someone who suffers from a simi Read more

 

Here's why Pa. should update its equal pay act

(May 02, 2016)

The Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1963. After 53 years, the goal of equal pay for equal work continues to allude many of our workers. The promise of ending gender discrimination in pay is one Washington has neglected. It is up to Pennsylvania to deliver on this promise for the well-being of our families. In Pennsylvania, women only earn 79 percent of what a man earns, yet in 40 percent of households with children, a female is the sole or primary breadwinner. Read more

 

Wolf signs intimate-partner violence bill at Allentown LGBT center

(Apr 22, 2016)

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill today at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown that makes it easier for victims of intimate-partner violence to get divorced. Adrian Shanker, executive director of the LGBT center, witnessed the signing, as did Lori G. Sywensky, executive director of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, an organization that helps those affected by domestic violence. Turning Point rents space from the LGBT center, which opened this month at 522 W. Maple St. The organization has additional administrative offices elsewhere in Allentown. “It was a huge honor to have the governor here,” Shanker told PGN. “The governor sees the value in having LGBT community centers.” Sywensky said Turning Point is really committed to its partnership with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT center. Read more

 

Wolf signs Schlossberg bill to better protect domestic violence victims seeking divorce

(Apr 21, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, April 21 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, joined Gov. Tom Wolf today for the signing of a bill that will help protect abused spouses seeking divorce. Schlossberg, who was the prime sponsor of House Bill 12, joined Wolf and other community advocates at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown for the ceremony. "I am thankful to my colleagues in the General Assembly and Gov. Wolf for their support of this legislation," Schlossberg said. "This new law will help ensure that no one in this state is forced to remain legally attached to their abuser through marriage." Schlossberg said that before his bill was signed into law, an abuser could entrap their spouse in a marriage for two years by refusing to consent to a divorce. Additionally, courts had the ability to impose up to three counseling sessions in these cases, which further endangered an abused spouse by forcing them to continually interact with their abuser. "Potentially forcing a victim to continually face their abuser is an unthinkable and precarious outcome of how Pennsylvania’s divorce laws were written," Schlossberg said. "With my bill now signed into law, abused spouses will have the legal rights and protections they need to protect themselves and their children." This is the second bill Schlossberg has advanced to help victims avoid the perpetrator of crimes against them. Last year, the governor signed into law Schlossberg's proposal closing a loophole that potentially for Read more

 

Helping Those in Need with Medical Marijuana

(Apr 13, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg speaks about the House’s passage of a medical marijuana bill Wednesday that will help deliver vital medicine to people who are suffering. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law. Read more

 

Senate approves Schlossberg bill to protect domestic violence victims seeking divorce

(Apr 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, that would help protect abused spouses seeking divorce. Schlossberg said that under current law, if an abusing spouse does not consent to a divorce, the abused spouse may be trapped in the marriage for up to two years. Additionally, the court may impose up to three counseling sessions in cases where the parties do not agree to divorce. “It is untenable to force a victim to be shackled to an abuser for multiple years and multiple contacts while the divorce is processed,” Schlossberg said. “My legislation is simple. It would limit this torment by letting an abused spouse promptly obtain a divorce as if both sides consented.” Schlossberg's bill (H.B. 12) would allow someone whose spouse had been convicted of certain personal injury crimes to use that crime as grounds for a divorce and for the divorce to occur in 90 days, instead of the two years. Current law allows an abusive spouse to withhold consent, which can drag out the divorce process. “There is no valid reason to force an abused spouse to continually interact with their abuser,” Schlossberg said. “In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it could be potentially dangerous for the abused spouse to continue making contact with their abuser. This legislation would stop any victim from being legally forced into that precarious position.” His proposal also would prevent judges from order Read more

 

Schlossberg Supports Social Service Providers

(Apr 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg joined social service and community health providers today at a rally for adequate funding in the 2016/17 budget to support programs that help children and adults who need vital mental health, drug and alcohol, intellectual and developmental disabilities, medical rehabilitation, and brain injury services. Read more

 

Schlossberg appointed to Education Committee

(Apr 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced that he has been appointed to serve on the House Education Committee for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session. The Education Committee reviews bills that pertain to educational funding, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. “I am thankful and honored to receive an appointment to this crucial committee, which plays a vital role in setting educational priorities for the commonwealth,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure our community schools are providing a quality education to every child, no matter the child’s ZIP code.” Schlossberg said the committee is also responsible for reviewing bills regarding the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the State Board of Private Academic Schools, State Board of Private Licensed Schools, State Public School Building Authority and Pennsylvania State Employees System for elementary and secondary schools, as well as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association, the Higher Education Facilities Authority and the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education, and also the professional Standards and Practices Commission. Schlossberg also serves on the Health, Transportation, Human Services, and Environmental Resources and Energy committees. Read more

 

Proposed tightening of Pennsylvania abortion options gets positioned for House floor vote next week

(Apr 07, 2016)

Rep. Mike Schlossberg, a Democrat from Lehigh County, noted that medical marijuana bill was only voted by the House last month after multiple public hearings across the state. "Contrast that process with the way we are flying forward on this particular piece of legislation, which has the potential to impact thousands of women," Schlossberg said. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Rush Tactics Deny Due Process

(Apr 06, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg speaks on the House floor during a Republican attempt to change Pennsylvania’s abortion laws through swift action, avoiding the deliberative process needed for such a major piece of legislation. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Women's Health Before Politics

(Apr 05, 2016)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg speaks out against another attack on women’s reproductive rights, saying that by taking safe options off the table we may be inadvertently forcing women to seek less safe alternatives. Read more

 

Schlossberg introduces legislation to protect kids from lead

(Mar 23, 2016)

State lawmakers are rolling out a trio of proposals they say could help Pennsylvania minimize lead poisoning and exposure among children. The plans were prompted by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where the governor declared a state of emergency in January. While lead popped up in contaminated water in Michigan, for Pennsylvania, the more prevalent source of lead is in chipping paint in old houses. Read more