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Schlossberg supports 2017-18 state spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, offered the following statement about his vote for the $32 billion 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the state House of Representatives and heads to the governor’s desk. Read more

 

Deep concerns about impact of Trump’s health care plan on Pa.

(Jun 27, 2017)

The discernment by our elected officials in Washington over President Donald Trump’s newly proposed American Health Care Act should be thoughtful and thorough. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Say "NO" to TrumpCare

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg talks about the disastrous impacts TrumpCare would have on Pennsylvanians, especially those on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions. Read more

 

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

 

Schlossberg to unveil internet privacy legislation in Allentown tomorrow

(Apr 12, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, is holding a news conference 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lehigh County Courthouse, 503 Hamilton St. in Allentown. Schlossberg will explain his proposed legislation that would require internet service providers to notify customers about what types of information they collect, how and for what purposes the ISP shares the information, and with whom. Schlossberg’s legislation is part of a package of bills designed by House Democrats that mirror the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission but recently stripped away by Congress and President Trump. The package includes commonsense privacy and consumer protections for Pennsylvania residents. EDITOR’S NOTE: Media coverage is encouraged. 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 to hold town hall meetings

(Mar 30, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, March 30 – 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