Veterans outreach April 12 at Schweyer’s office

(Apr 01, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, April 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in his monthly support program next week at his district office. Read more

 

Public Hearings Scheduled on Proposed UGI Utilities Rate Increases

(Mar 29, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled public input hearings concerning a proposed rate increase request filed by UGI Utilities. PUC will hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders to determine if an increase in rates is just and reasonable. The public hearings will be held on April 22 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg with a livestream available across the state. The hearings are open to the public. If you wish to participate in person, simply show up at either hearing and sign in if you wish to testify. If you wish to testify by phone at the hearings, you must contact the Office of Administrative Law Judge at 717-787-1399 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 17. The Office of Consumer Advocate encourages all those with an interest in this matter to take part in the hearing and dialogue. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the PA Office of Consumer Advocate at 1-800-6560 or at consumer@paoca.org Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a strong economy in PA

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – With the president leading a renewed push to dismantle affordable healthcare coverage in the United States, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are reinforcing their commitment to a package of proposals designed to make sure people in Pennsylvania can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health (HB 469) – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: • emergency services; • hospitalization; • prescription drugs; • maternity & newborn care; • mental health & substance abuse disorder services; • rehabilitation; • laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; • chronic disease management; • ambulatory patient services; and • pediatric services, including oral and vision care. "If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or Read more

 

Schweyer: Let's Keep College Affordable

(Mar 27, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his experience as a first generation college student and stresses the importance of keeping college affordable so future students can have the same opportunities to achieve a college degree as he did. 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

 

Rep. Schweyer to host town hall meeting

(Mar 20, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, March 20– State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, invites residents of the 22 nd Legislative District to participate in a Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Saint James AME Zion Church, 410 W. Union St. “ I look forward to talking with my constituents about a variety of issues that have an impact on them and their families,” Schweyer said. During the event, Schweyer will discuss and take questions on an array of state topics. Constituents can call Schweyer’s district office at 610-791-6270 for more information about the event. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Schweyer: Budget Priorities Will Benefit the People of Allentown

(Mar 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says this year's budget hearings were very productive and that continued investments in education, raising the minimum wage, and health care will likely benefit the people of Allentown. Read more

 

Veterans outreach March 15 at new Lehigh Street office

(Mar 01, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in a support program on March 15 at his new district office location. Read more

 

Schweyer Celebrates Dominican Independence Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined his colleagues in Harrisburg to celebrate the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day. He explains how he’s working to ensure everyone has the same opportunities, no matter what their background. Read more

 

Schweyer: Community Solar is a Great Option for Allentown Residents

(Feb 19, 2019)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer promotes legislation enabling community solar projects in Pennsylvania. With a large numbers of renters and physical limitations in Allentown, Schweyer says community solar would allow those currently without access to participate and enjoy the benefits of solar power. Read more

 

Schweyer, bipartisan group of legislators unveil community solar legislation

(Feb 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – As more and more Pennsylvanians turn to solar energy to power their homes, a bipartisan group of legislators on Tuesday introduced legislation to allow for community solar projects. State Rep. Peter Schweyer is part of the bipartisan group of lawmakers, which also includes Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne, and Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia, to unveil H.B. 531 to open this renewable energy market to even more residents. “As our environment and economy rapidly change, it is important that we support and sustain our communities,” Schweyer said. “By enabling community solar projects, we give individuals and businesses the opportunity to engage in renewable clean energy opportunities. I’m excited to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to advocate for this important bill.” At this time last year, the number of solar energy system installations in the state had increased 24 percent over the same period in 2017. At nearly the same time, the cost to install large solar farms decreased 11 percent while the cost of rooftop systems decreased 26 percent. Solar is becoming increasing popular and even more cost-effective for consumers. “All too often, Pennsylvania property owners interested in relying on solar power to meet their energy needs learn their homes are not properly situated to have solar panels on their roofs. I am one of those homeowners,” Kaufer said. Read more

 

Schweyer moving local office to Lehigh Street

(Feb 19, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 19 – Effective March 4, state Rep. Peter Schweyer’s district office will be moving to a new location in the city. The new address will be 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. The phone number remains 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer Talks Ethics, Consumer Protections at Budget Hearings

(Feb 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer highlights today's budget hearing discussions with the State Treasurer, Auditor General, and Attorney General, covering topics such as consumer protections, ethics, and social justice issues. Read more

 

Schweyer Fighting For Diversity In Higher Education

(Feb 12, 2019)

During the second day of budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer addressed the new Chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. He questioned what PASSHE is doing to recruit and retain urban students at state owned universities. Read more

 

Schweyer Talks Minimum Wage at Budget Hearings

(Feb 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in the first of many hearings regarding Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget, discussing several topics including a potential raise in the state's minimum wage. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: emergency services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; maternity & newborn care; mental health & substance abuse disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

Schweyer Commends Wolf's Budget Priorities

(Feb 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer comments on Gov. Wolf's budget plan, commending him for his commitment to funding education, creating good paying jobs, and strengthening our workforce. Read more

 

Schweyer to host APPRISE counselor Feb. 19

(Feb 04, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer will host a session with APPRISE counselors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at his Allentown district office, 1912 S. Fourth St. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. “Sitting down with an APPRISE counselor can help older residents learn the latest information and news on health care and ensure they are enrolled in the most appropriate plan to meet their medical and financial needs,” Schweyer said. Schweyer said constituents should bring their Medicare cards, other insurance information such as PACE -- the state's prescription assistance program for seniors, Veterans Administration and ACCESS cards and a list of medications with their dosages and quantities. Appointments are required, and can be made by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 . Read more

 

Schweyer Discusses Committee Assignments

(Jan 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his committee assignments for the 2019-20 legislative session and what they mean for the people of Allentown. 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