State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(May 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted his annual Senior Fair with Rep. Mike Schlossberg at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, helping connect seniors with programs and services that are available to help them live healthy, happy lives. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Schweyer Recognized as an ALS Hero of Hope

(May 14, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks at the annual ALS Advocacy Day in Harrisburg and is recognized as a Hero of Hope for going above and beyond for the ALS cause. Read more

 

Schweyer Proud to Serve on House Ethics Committee

(May 10, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says he is proud to serve on the House Ethics Committee again this session, working to ensure all Pennsylvanians have confidence in the conduct of their elected officials. Read more

 

Schweyer: YouthBuild Students Make Our Communities Better

(May 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer spoke at a Harrisburg rally with students from the Pennsylvania YouthBuild Coalition, thanking them for their hard work and encouraging them to use their skills to continue improving their communities. Read more

 

Free Senior Fair planned by Schlossberg, Schweyer

(May 03, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, May 3 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, invite older residents to learn about community resources that are available to help them during an upcoming Senior Fair. The free, annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., Allentown 18109. “We usually have about 200 people attend our Senior Fair because it’s a great opportunity for people to get valuable information and ask questions all in one place," Schweyer said. “I encourage people to consider spending the morning with us to learn how they can live a longer, healthier life in the Lehigh Valley,” Schlossberg said. The Senior Fair features health and wellness screenings, as well as information about various state and federal programs and about 40 vendors. Coffee and donuts will be available. No RSVP is necessary to attend, but anyone with questions should contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 or Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer applaud Building 21 school for civic engagement award

(Apr 30, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, April 30 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today recognized Building 21 Allentown High School for receiving the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award , highlighting its success in registering students to vote and remain civically engaged. The GCEA program, now in its second year, works to promote voter registration in Pennsylvania high schools and encourages students to get involved in elections as voter registration organizers, voters and poll workers. Building 21 was recognized with a Gold Level award, signifying that 85 percent or more of its eligible students were registered to vote. “I am proud of the student leaders at Building 21 for taking the initiative to engage their peers during their voter registration drive,” Schweyer said. “As our future leaders, it is important to understand and participate in our election process. Congratulations to Building 21 on being recognized for your achievements and being awarded the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award.” Across Pennsylvania, 23 high schools received either Gold or Silver Level awards, signifying 65 percent or more of eligible students were registered to vote in their school. A total of 3,109 students were registered to vote through the program. “For many of us, Building 21 was to provide innovative-learning for the students enrolled there,” Schlossberg said. “We knew the school would be different with Read more

 

ACA Needed to Protect Patients and Fight Inequality

(Apr 26, 2019)

There is so much to the business side of health care – insurance and the government’s role for example – that greatly impact patients’ health and their quality of life. It is part of the health care debate that gets lost in the noise and name calling of modern day politics. I served as an administrator at Sacred Heart Hospital in center city Allentown. We were very much aware of our image as an inner-city hospital with inferior facilities, treating people living near the poverty line. Though Sacred Heart had excellent doctors, it did in fact have inferior facilities. And as a true safety-net hospital, Sacred Heart primarily took care of the most underserved people in our community. The view from the inside was quite telling as there were daily, concrete examples of the gross inequities in health care. Our financial statements told the ugly story of how the entire system was rigged against those less fortunate. Sacred Heart’s patients often had substandard health insurance or no insurance at all, thus their care often went unpaid. It made running the hospital extremely difficult and left little cash to invest in the facility or newer technology. This is a major part of the cycle of health care inequality: underinsured patients tend to live in disadvantaged communities, the local hospital provides care without adequate compensation and therefore cannot invest in itself. Those patients ultimately rely on hospitals that cannot Read more

 

Regulations relax for craft breweries, distilleries under Schweyer bill

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – Craft distilleries and breweries would have consistent and expanded operating hours for sales at their tasting and tap rooms under legislation that passed the state House of Representatives unanimously today, according to the bill’s primer sponsor Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more

 

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