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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

 

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 says Pawlowski should resign

(Mar 22, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, March 22 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued the following statement regarding Mayor Ed Pawlowski: Read more

 

Schlossberg sees much to like in governor’s budget proposal

(Feb 07, 2017)

This budget is an important first step in giving us an opportunity to invest in the people and services that matter. (with VIDEO) Read more

 

Today’s children are tomorrow’s workers, doctors, teachers, scientists

(Feb 02, 2017)

No investment is more important than early childhood education. This is a moral obligation, opens opportunities for good jobs and represents a commitment to our future well-being. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss suicide prevention

(Feb 01, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy roundtable discussion at Muhlenberg College to learn more about suicide prevention in teens and young adults. Schlossberg, who has publicly discussed his own battles with anxiety and depression, noted that suicide is rising among all age groups, including young adults. The roundtable explored factors that make young adults more likely to commit suicide, as well as potential legislative remedies. "We heard some tragic stories today, but we also heard some stories that give us hope. To prevent suicides, we have to address the mental health challenges in schools and in the community," Schlossberg said. "We need to break down stigmas, which prevent people from getting the help they need. Finally, the legislature needs to support these efforts with effective policy and financial resources so no family has to face the tragedy of suicide." While speaking of the dire need for more providers and the resulting long waits for appointments or simply no available treatment at all, Maggie Murphy, the executive director of NAMI Lehigh Valley said, "Imagine the outrage if the number of children with cancer did not get treatment. We need to provide the same level of treatment for mental illness that we provide for cancer." "These are real people, real stories and real pain coming from suicide, said Richard Orlemann, deputy mental health administrator for Read more

 

The uphill climb to resolving Pennsylvania's lead paint crisis

(Jan 31, 2017)

In Lehigh and Warren counties, more than one in five children tested has elevated blood lead levels, contradicting the perception that lead poisoning is an urban scourge. Read more

 

$1 million state grant benefits Building 21

(Jan 27, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 27 – State Sen. Pat Browne and Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer presented Allentown School District officials with a $1 million grant for Building 21 Allentown during a Friday news conference. Read more

 

PennDOT project aims to improve pedestrian safety in Allentown

(Jan 13, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - People in Allentown will soon see improvements to a busy intersection adjacent to the new public high school, according to state Representatives Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg and Senator Pat Browne. Read more

 

Schlossberg wants Pa. to comply with federal REAL ID law

(Jan 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said Pennsylvania should work to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Read more

 

Making Pennsylvania's Future Secure

(Jan 10, 2017)

As 2017 gets underway, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives begins a new legislative session, each member duty-bound to serve constituents and communities where they live. I look forward to what this session can bring to help make Pennsylvania’s future secure. Pennsylvania voters delivered a very strong message in 2016, leaving no doubt that an economy that works for everybody is a vital priority. This includes jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage, a secure retirement and affordable, reliable health care that meets physical and mental health needs. This will mean we need to lay the groundwork for more manufacturing jobs and level the playing field for small businesses. To do this, we will need to invest in students of every age and every ZIP code. We need early childhood education so every child is ready for kindergarten, community schools so students can get a good education regardless of where they live, affordable college, and job training so our workforce can take advantage of a prosperous economy. As we build a strong economy, Pennsylvania also needs to take steps to build a robust democracy. Voters are frustrated with partisan gridlock and they deserve government that works, delivering efficient and reliable services for taxpayers. We must meet our obligation to take care of people at the margins: children, the aging, infirmed, individuals with disability and mental health challenges and those who have fallen on hard times. Additionally, we need to Read more