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 . For more information about the Policy Committee, go to . 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


Barrar hears about PTSI issues in first responder community

(Feb 15, 2019)

Majority Chairman Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) and other members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held an informational meeting about the unique effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) on first responders in the Commonwealth. Read more


Proposals call for more resources for emergency responders in Pa.

(Feb 14, 2019)

Two legislative efforts at the state Capitol aim to add resources for paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), including those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more


I want to hear from you!

(Feb 14, 2019)

Are you for or against recreational marijuana in PA? With Lt. Governor John Fetterman making his way around the commonwealth, talking about recreational use in Pennsylvania, I want to know what you think! USING THIS LINK ONLY, submit your feedback here → . Thank you. Read more


Pa. Gov Wolf calls for education, job training investments in budget proposal

(Feb 06, 2019)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivered the first budget proposal of his 2nd term Tuesday, calling for more investments in education and job training. Read more


Schlossberg responds to governor's budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

Schlossberg responds to governor’s budget address Education funding a priority HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said he appreciates Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued leadership which focuses on investing in Pennsylvania’s citizens and communities. A key focus, Schlossberg said, is in continuing to make education funding a priority in the 2019-2020 state budget. Schlossberg said several years ago the General Assembly approved the state’s fair funding formula to help bridge the inequality gap between the poorest and richest school districts in Pennsylvania. “The students in the 132 nd District cannot afford to have the inequality continue in our public schools,” Schlossberg said. “Without more investments in basic education, the fair funding formula has no teeth.” Schlossberg was also excited to hear Wolf’s commitment to making Pennsylvania’s workforce the best in the nation. “Pennsylvania’s workers continue a strong and proud of history of building America,” Schlossberg said. “Our economic future depends on honoring their role in making Pennsylvania great and continuing to build a well-educated and highly-trained workforce.” Schlossberg also agreed with Wolf’s call to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. “Workers in 20 other states saw increases in the minimum wage on Jan. 1, but not in Read more


Schlossberg appointed to four House committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced he has been appointed to serve on several key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. Schlossberg’s committee assignments include the Health, Human Services, Professional Licensure and Transportation committees. “I am honored and excited to serve on these important committees and to have the ability to work on bills as they make their way through the committee process,” Schlossberg said. “The issues brought before these four committees are wide ranging, and influence different aspects of our lives. I look forward to diligently work with my constituents’ best interests in mind.” Schlossberg highlighted his commitment to supporting efforts to improve mental health and dismantling stigmas that prevent people from pursuing the help they need, fighting for community schools so the quality of education any child receives is not dependent on their zip code and building a strong economy with jobs that pay fair wages as his legislative priorities for this session. “My committee assignments will allow me to work directly with members of both parties to ensure we are pushing forward legislation that positively impacts Pennsylvania residents, not special interest groups,” he said. There are 24 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more


Schlossberg plans to introduce bill to make elections more secure and easier

(Jan 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, wants to make it easier for voters to update their voter registration signature. Schlossberg said because many people register to vote at age 18 or as young adults, signatures can change over time. It the signature doesn’t match the one from many years ago, this could result in a person’s vote being thrown out. “When you walk into the voting area, you are asked to sign the registration book next to your name,” Schlossberg said. "People's signatures can change over time. My legislation would allow a voter to update a voter registration signature by submitting a voter registration application to the county board of elections.” Schlossberg’s proposed legislation is included in a package of bills proposed by House Democratic lawmakers that would make it easier for people to register to vote and cast a ballet, and restore peoples’ faith in their elections. Read more


Schlossberg wants anti-sexual harassment policy for state contractors

(Jan 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – To ensure a safe working environment for everyone, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg believes the state should require all state-contracted entities to have a sexual harassment policy before they do work with the commonwealth. Read more


New laws ready to take effect in 2019

(Jan 02, 2019)

2018 was a busy year in the Pennsylvania statehouse as Governor Wolf signed dozens and dozens of bills. Read more