Attacks on transit employees could bring harsher penalties under proposed change to state law

(Feb 03, 2015)

Anyone who attacks a bus driver or a subway operator could face stiffer penalties under legislation proposed Monday by a Lehigh Valley state legislator. Read more


Schweyer: Legislation introduced to protect public transportation workers (with video)

(Feb 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced today that his first piece of legislation has been introduced. House Bill 279 would stiffen penalties for aggravated assaults against public transportation company employees, such as those who work for LANTA. The bill would add this category of employees to the list of victims for which the alleged assailants are subject to an enhanced offense of a first- or second-degree felony. “Protecting these employees is top priority not only for their safety, but for the safety of the general public,” Schweyer said. “I would like to thank my colleagues who co-sponsored this important piece of legislation.” Schweyer said it was estimated that five LANTA drivers were assaulted over the last four years in his district. <iframe width="560" height="315" src=" " frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Read more


Schweyer lands key committee posts for first term in state House (with video)

(Jan 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced his appointment to five standing committees for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2015-16 legislative session. Those committees are: Aging and Older Adult Services, Consumer Affairs, Liquor Control Urban Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. “These committee assignments position me to work on some of the most important issues impacting residents of Allentown,” Schweyer said. “From preventing elder abuse to improving our housing stock, from protecting consumers to ensuring that we ensure the best lives for our veterans, these committees handle many of the key issues facing residents of Allentown.” Schweyer added, “I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work, on behalf of the people who sent me here.” Read more


Schweyer: A Fresh Start for Our State

(Jan 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Rep. Schweyer supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation, and helping middle-class families. Read more


Schweyer announces 2015 House Scholarship Program

(Jan 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said today that students may now apply for the Pennsylvania House Scholarship Program. The program provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors each year. Each scholarship consists of the value of one semester of tuition at a State System of Higher Education school, automatically renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient maintains his or her eligibility. Although the value is based on a SSHE school, the scholarship may be used at any Pennsylvania college. “We’re getting to the time of year when high school seniors and their families are beginning to finalize college decisions, and one of the biggest decisions is how they will pay for tuition and books,” Schweyer said. "With many families struggling to pay for college, this scholarship could be a huge help to a student in need of financial assistance." To be eligible, a graduating high school senior must: Be a legal resident of Pennsylvania; Attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student; Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade-point average; Be committed to their community and have leadership qualities; Participate in extracurricular activities; and Have financial need. More information and the application for this program are available online at or on Schweyer’s webpage, Read more


Rep. Peter Schweyer's Office Can Help You

(Jan 12, 2015)

The new Constituent Service Office for Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer is now open on South 4th St. in Allentown. Schweyer and his staff can help with a multitude of state government issues. Stop by or call for assistance or more information. Read more


Home Heating: Protect Yourself from Scams; Plus Real Tips to Save You Money

(Jan 09, 2015)

State law enforcement officials are reminding PA residents that there are criminals who will try to take advantage of you during these frigid cold temperatures.Con artists will sometimes pose as contractors, offering to do work on your home in order to scam you out of money. According to the state law, all home improvement and repair contractors are required to provide you with specific information before beginning a project, includingthe contractor's registration number, which must be included in all contracts, estimates and advertisements;a written contract for any project costing more than $500;information about the consumer's three-day right to cancel a contract;details about the total sales price, and materials and labor for the project; andan approximate start date and end date for the project.Here are some tips to help save money on your heating bills:Maintain your heating system by having it checked by a professional at least once a year and changing the filters regularly.Replace old thermostats with programmable units to lower temperatures when your home is not occupied or you are sleeping.Have adequate insulation throughout the house and around your water heater.Install weather stripping or plastic sheeting to seal cracks and holes around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping.Keep your energy costs down by using space heaters or fireplaces to heat smaller rooms and conserving energy on heating, hot water and cooking.If you or someone you know needs Read more


Pennsylvania lawmakers, chief justice sworn in

(Jan 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG — They marveled at the murals of exploration, science, business and war. They gaped at the six 41/2-ton chandeliers. They looked in wonderment at the 24 circles of stained glass where the gilded ceiling meets the marble walls. Freshmen and veterans in the House of Representatives felt the power and prestige the art, gold and smooth stone symbolize as they were sworn in to office Tuesday for the 199th legislative session. Read more


Schweyer ready to help

(Jan 06, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer outlines his priorities for the 2015-16 legislative session and his key goal of fighting for public education funding. He also invites constituents to learn more about state-related services by visiting his office on South 4th St. in Allentown and checking out his web page at Read more


Schweyer sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today began his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the relocated 22nd Legislative District in the 2015-2016 legislative session.Schweyer said his legislative priorities include properly funding public schools and supporting affordable access to higher education, including the DREAM Act.Prior to his election, Schweyer worked as director of community and government affairs for Sacred Heart Hospital. He also served as chief of staff for former state Rep. Jennifer L. Mann and as legislative assistant for state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola and state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Later, Schweyer became the youngest member of Allentown City Council when he took office in 2008.“As a longtime resident of Allentown, I look forward to representing my friends and neighbors,” Schweyer said. “Both sides of the aisle need to work together on the issues that matter most to everyone; not just in my district, but across the Commonwealth.The 22nd Legislative District took over sections of Center City Allentown from the old 132nd District due to the legislative redistricting process. The district includes the city’s South Side and a portion of the East Side. Before redistricting, the 22nd district was across the state in the Pittsburgh area.  Schweyer invites Allentown residents to visit his newly redesigned webpage,, for information about constituent Read more


Schweyer Opens Office

(Jan 05, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer officially opened his new Constituent Service Office with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The office is located at 1912 S. Fourth St. in Allentown, in the new 22nd Legislative District. 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, Chamber of Commerce to cut ribbon for new district office

(Dec 22, 2014)

State Rep.-elect Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will cut the ribbon for the new office in the 22nd Legislative District at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29. 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