Schlossberg: Privatization plan would demolish long-term cash asset

(Feb 26, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement in opposition to a liquor privatization plan that passed the state House of Representatives today, which would cost taxpayers millions in annually recurring state revenue: “It is financial madness that we are considering selling a long-term cash asset to cover a short-term budget shortfall. Fiscal responsibility isn’t just spending as little as possible; it’s making sure that you have the revenue to meet your expenditures. We currently have a budget deficit that is $2.3 billion – and climbing. This isn’t a one-year problem; this is a long-term problem, and one that will continue to get worse. The liquor system provides $80 million annually to the general fund. It is insanity to think that we can climb out of our current budget hole by selling that long-term asset. Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks to strengthen credit freeze protections

(Feb 18, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, recently introduced legislation to combat identity theft by permitting a parent or legal guardian to obtain a security freeze on behalf of any minor or adult under their care. The move would prevent credit reporting agencies from releasing credit information to a third party without prior authorization, said Schlossberg, giving parents and legal guardians access to a crime-fighting tool already in place for themselves. Read more

 

Schlossberg vaccination bill coverage

(Feb 13, 2015)

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is taking steps to limit the reasons why parents can skip vaccinations for their children. Representative Mike Schlossberg, a Lehigh County Democrat, is co-sponsoring a bill with a Chester County republican that would eliminate vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons. In Pennsylvania, parents can also decide to forgo vaccinations for medical and religious reasons. Schlossberg says the state has the third worst vaccination rate in the country at 87 percent. Read more

 

Schlossberg, bipartisan partners seek an end to philosophical exemptions for immunizations

(Feb 11, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that he intends to sponsor bipartisan legislation that would limit the types of immunization exceptions granted in Pennsylvania. Current state law allows for three exemptions to childhood immunization – medical, religious and philosophical. Schlossberg's proposal, which is also sponsored by Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester, would eliminate immunization exemptions that are requested for philosophical reasons. "I am happy to work in a bipartisan manner with members of the Health Committee to attack this problem and improve Pennsylvania’ public health," Schlossberg said. Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks change in rapist child support law

(Feb 09, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today at a news conference that he is partnering with Reps. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, and Cherelle Parker, D-Phila., to support legislation that would that would update Pennsylvania’s domestic relations law as it pertains to support and custody of children conceived by rape or incest. Read more

 

Schlossberg Fights for Rape Victims

(Feb 08, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today at a news conference that he is partnering with Reps. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, and Cherelle Parker, D-Phila., to support legislation that would that would update Pennsylvania’s domestic relations law as it pertains to support and custody of children conceived by rape or incest. Read more

 

Schlossberg announces fire, EMS grants in the 132nd District

(Feb 04, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that three fire companies in his legislative district will receive more than $40,000 in state grants. The funding comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program funded by gaming revenue. Expanded in 2012, its annual funding increased from $25 million to $30 million, and eligibility was extended to 35 municipal fire departments across the state. Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds moratorium on drilling in state parks

(Jan 29, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf placing a moratorium on drilling in state parks and forests today: Read more

 

Resources available for former A-Treat employees

(Jan 28, 2015)

With the recent and abrupt closing of A-Treat Beverages, many workers did not have the opportunity to access resources and opportunities available through the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board. Below you will find a listing of those resources and ways my office can be of assistance. Read more

 

Schlossberg receives 2015-16 House committee assignments

(Jan 22, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced his pleasure at being named to five standing committees in the state House of Representatives whose responsibilities directly affect Allentown and the Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

Democrat Tom Wolf sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor

(Jan 21, 2015)

With his wife by his side and his hand on a 19th century family Bible, Tom Wolf took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon to become Pennsylvania's 47th governor. Read more

 

Schlossberg welcomes Wolf to Harrisburg

(Jan 20, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement today after Tom Wolf was inaugurated as governor of Pennsylvania: Read more

 

Pennsylvania municipalities given new tool to clean up blighted properties

(Jan 08, 2015)

Pennsylvania lawmakers are giving municipalities another tool to clean up blighted properties. Read more

 

Swearings-in take place in Harrisburg

(Jan 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Newly elected officials across the State are ready to start their terms in office after swearing-in ceremonies in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Schlossberg takes oath of office for second term at start of 2015-16 session

(Jan 06, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 6 – Focusing on constituent service and a fresh start for Pennsylvania schools and families, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Leigh, today began his second term representing the 132nd Legislative District after taking the oath of office. "Between the $2 billion budget deficit and bad decisions by the outgoing administration that have harmed our seniors, kids, public schools and workers, Harrisburg needs a fresh start," Schlossberg said. "There is a lot to be done to put Pennsylvania on a more productive path, but I am ready to get to work."  Schlossberg said he will work with the incoming governor and his colleagues across the aisle to ensure the state is honoring its commitment to community schools, fostering a strong economy and creating opportunities for all Pennsylvania families. Schlossberg said he also intends to continue fighting for women’s health and equality for all Pennsylvanians.  Schlossberg said he is also committed to improving Pennsylvania’s economy by continuing the work he started by voting to support investments in the commonwealth’s roads and bridges while continuing to bolster health care and manufacturing industries which are the two largest employment sectors in the 132nd District.  Due to constitutionally mandated reapportionment, Schlossberg will represent the newly configured 132nd District, which now includes parts of South Whitehall and Allentown's East Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg detail district boundary shifts effective Dec. 1

(Dec 17, 2014)

Significant geographic changes are in place as Allentown streamlines from four to two House legislative districts: state Rep. Mike Schlossberg’s 132nd District, whose composition changes by one-third; and state Rep. Peter Schweyer, whose newly created 22nd District takes over sections of Center City from the old 132nd District. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more