State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

The science surrounding vaccines is settled

(May 10, 2019)

I choose to believe most of humanity wakes up every day and, in one way or another, asks themselves a fundamental question: What good can I do today? How I can serve my family, my friends and my community? Read more

 

AG report: Link between gun violence, lack of mental health coverage

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Mental Health Caucus Chairman Democrat Mike Schlossberg, along with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, hosted a bipartisan discussion Wednesday on the link between gun violence and lack of mental health coverage. Read more

 

Free Senior Fair planned by Schlossberg, Schweyer

(May 03, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, May 3 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, invite older residents to learn about community resources that are available to help them during an upcoming Senior Fair. The free, annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., Allentown 18109. “We usually have about 200 people attend our Senior Fair because it’s a great opportunity for people to get valuable information and ask questions all in one place," Schweyer said. “I encourage people to consider spending the morning with us to learn how they can live a longer, healthier life in the Lehigh Valley,” Schlossberg said. The Senior Fair features health and wellness screenings, as well as information about various state and federal programs and about 40 vendors. Coffee and donuts will be available. No RSVP is necessary to attend, but anyone with questions should contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 or Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577. Read more

 

Schlossberg calls for transparency, truth in advertising for all public school advertisements

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg has reintroduced legislation that would require all public school advertising to disclose that the ads are funded with taxpayer money and prohibit the ads from stating that schools, programs, services or transportation are free. “Schools across the state and nation are using various forms of advertising to attract students to increase enrollment,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, “However, some schools -- particularly cyber charter schools -- are referring to services and programs in their advertising as ‘free’.” Schlossberg said his bill (H.B. 894) also would prohibit public schools from falsely advertising tuition or transportation as free and would have to disclose that instructional and transportation costs are paid for by tax dollars. “These public charter schools that use millions of dollars to advertise tuition, transportation, or other programs as free are deceiving taxpayers. Someone fronts the bill for these things and my bill would inform taxpayers that it’s always been them,” Schlossberg said. “This deception to attract students reveals that it’s less about educating our children and more about attracting the most pupils to attend because each student comes with a high payout that ultimately falls on the shoulders of taxpayers.” Schlossberg said his bill aims to level the playing field for all public schools competing for student Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer applaud Building 21 school for civic engagement award

(Apr 30, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, April 30 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today recognized Building 21 Allentown High School for receiving the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award , highlighting its success in registering students to vote and remain civically engaged. The GCEA program, now in its second year, works to promote voter registration in Pennsylvania high schools and encourages students to get involved in elections as voter registration organizers, voters and poll workers. Building 21 was recognized with a Gold Level award, signifying that 85 percent or more of its eligible students were registered to vote. “I am proud of the student leaders at Building 21 for taking the initiative to engage their peers during their voter registration drive,” Schweyer said. “As our future leaders, it is important to understand and participate in our election process. Congratulations to Building 21 on being recognized for your achievements and being awarded the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award.” Across Pennsylvania, 23 high schools received either Gold or Silver Level awards, signifying 65 percent or more of eligible students were registered to vote in their school. A total of 3,109 students were registered to vote through the program. “For many of us, Building 21 was to provide innovative-learning for the students enrolled there,” Schlossberg said. “We knew the school would be different with Read more

 

Apply for a SEPTA Key Senior ID card today

(Apr 26, 2019)

As many of you know, SEPTA now has electronic key cards for all of its services, including the Seniors Ride Free program, which allows seniors (those 65 and older) to ride free all day, every day, on SEPTA buses, trolleys, subways and regional rail. If you are 65 and you haven’t yet signed up to get your new SEPTA Key Senior ID card, you can brave the lines at SEPTA headquarters in Philadelphia—or you can simply stop by my office anytime that’s convenient for you. Bring a valid, state-issued proof of your birthdate (such as a photo driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID card or passport) to my office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038. You will fill out a short form and have your photograph taken in the office. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes. Please note, appointments are recommended, but not required. SEPTA will mail your new Key Senior ID card directly to you when it is ready, which will likely be within 2 to 4 weeks. If you have any questions about the SEPTA Key Senior ID card—what it looks like, how to get it or how to use it—or about any other state-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my staff. I hope to see you in the office! Read more

 

Lead paint, asbestos on windows draws Gov. Wolf to Allentown to tout community upgrade proposal

(Apr 15, 2019)

A student’s hand shot up as Gov. Tom Wolf asked an Allentown elementary school classroom if anyone had any questions for him. "When can you start fixing our school?" Read more

 

Browne, Schlossberg, Schweyer secure $500,000 state Multimodal Transportation grant for Allentown

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – The city of Allentown today was awarded a $500,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne and Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer who worked together to secure the grant for the city. Read more

 

Schlossberg to host town hall meetings

(Mar 20, 2019)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg is inviting area residents to one of two town hall meetings where they will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about state and local issues. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

Real ID Now Available in PA

(Mar 19, 2019)

Real ID is now available to customers. To secure your Real ID product, you can visit the Driver License Center (1710 Hoover Avenue, Allentown, PA, 18109) to have your documents imaged and request the Real ID product or online OR you can visit the Real ID Center in Whitehall at 1101 MacArthur Road. Read more

 

Schlossberg condemns racism, violence in New Zealand

(Mar 15, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, March 15 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the violent attack in New Zealand. Read more

 

Spring 2019 Newsletter

(Mar 11, 2019)

Check out my Spring 2019 Capitol Update newsletter! Read more

 

There’s a measles outbreak in Washington State. Why are we still debating whether to vaccinate our kids?

(Mar 05, 2019)

Four years ago, in February 2015, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, launched what seemed like a pretty common-sense quest. Read more

 

2/26/19 – Protecting Voting Rights – Allentown

(Mar 01, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss voting rights at public roundtable

(Feb 26, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts. The package includes provisions that would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots. Schlossberg has a bill in the package that would allow voters to submit an updated signature for the voting book. Schlossberg was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We have an obligation to make the voting process accessible and free from undue hardships. Any efforts to obstruct democracy have to be dealt with. This package includes reasonable efforts to make voting more accessible in Pennsylvania,” Schlossberg said. Sturla added: “Pennsylvania had record voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election; 58 percent of registered voters cast their ballot. While it’s great to know that a record number of voters showed up for the midterm elections; I’d love to see all registered voters have their voices heard at the polls. Your Vote Counts is a way to improve voter turnout and help more Pennsylvanians take part in democracy.” Panelists who participated in the roundtable were Rev. Dr. Read more

 

Schlossberg to host Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday on protecting voting rights in Allentown

(Feb 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The public roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center, Fellowship Hall, 457 W. Allen St. The media and public are invited to attend. Schlossberg will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The following organizations will talk with legislators about voting rights: County of Lehigh, League of Women Voters; Interlace Cultural y Desarrollo Integral Mexicano de Lehigh Valley Inc.; Lehigh County Conference of Churches; and Allentown NAACP. The meeting will also focus on a package of bills titled Your Vote Counts, part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA. The Plan4PA focuses on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

PA's Auditor General Pushes to Reduce Gun Deaths, Focuses on Mental Health Resources

(Feb 20, 2019)

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Democratic state Rep. Mike Schlossberg of Lehigh County are calling for increased resources for mental health services. The two fielded questions at a Facebook town hall Tuesday. Read more

 

Lawmakers Look to Help First Responders Deal with Trauma

(Feb 16, 2019)

A study last year found that first responders are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. The suicide rate among police, fire, and ems workers continues to rise. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
May 22, 2019

The science surrounding vaccines is settled
May 10, 2019

AG report: Link between gun violence, lack of mental health coverage
May 09, 2019

Free Senior Fair planned by Schlossberg, Schweyer
May 03, 2019

Schlossberg calls for transparency, truth in advertising for all public school advertisements
May 02, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer applaud Building 21 school for civic engagement award
Apr 30, 2019

Apply for a SEPTA Key Senior ID card today
Apr 26, 2019

Lead paint, asbestos on windows draws Gov. Wolf to Allentown to tout community upgrade proposal
Apr 15, 2019

Browne, Schlossberg, Schweyer secure $500,000 state Multimodal Transportation grant for Allentown
Mar 26, 2019

Schlossberg to host town hall meetings
Mar 20, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

Real ID Now Available in PA
Mar 19, 2019

Schlossberg condemns racism, violence in New Zealand
Mar 15, 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter
Mar 11, 2019

There’s a measles outbreak in Washington State. Why are we still debating whether to vaccinate our kids?
Mar 05, 2019

2/26/19 – Protecting Voting Rights – Allentown
Mar 01, 2019

Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss voting rights at public roundtable
Feb 26, 2019

Schlossberg to host Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday on protecting voting rights in Allentown
Feb 21, 2019

PA's Auditor General Pushes to Reduce Gun Deaths, Focuses on Mental Health Resources
Feb 20, 2019

Lawmakers Look to Help First Responders Deal with Trauma
Feb 16, 2019