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


Schweyer sworn into office to begin third term

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where he will represent the people living in the 22nd Legislative District during the 2019-20 legislative session. Schweyer’s legislative priorities include protecting and expanding access to health insurance, appropriately funding Pennsylvania’s public schools and supporting the creation of more family-sustaining jobs in the Lehigh Valley. He supports increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to help lift people out of poverty, continued criminal justice reform as well as supporting sustainable, alternative energy and a significant investment in support of our veterans. To this end, Schweyer has begun the process of reintroducing several bills and resolutions from prior sessions that would protect health care for people suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, expanding educational opportunities for all students, conducting a study on income inequality and supporting veteran suicide prevention organizations. Schweyer’s constituent service office is located at 1912 S. 4th St. in south Allentown and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 610-791-6270. Schweyer invites constituents to visit his webpage at . In addition, residents can follow him via his legislative Facebook page, and his legislative Twitter account Read more


Schweyer: Pre-existing health conditions shouldn’t mean losing insurance coverage

(Dec 28, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, in response to legal attacks on health coverage, will introduce a bill that would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing medical condition. “There are very wealthy special interest groups working to kick people off health care,” Schweyer said. “But there are millions of people who need to be able to afford to see a doctor when they get sick. Those are the people I’m worrying about. The idea someone could lose their health care coverage over an illness, over a disease, over even getting pregnant is insane and wrong and we can’t let it happen. “Too many families face bankruptcy from health care bills – kicking people who are already covered off that coverage or denying new coverage for people with pre-existing conditions will send more families into the poorhouse, and countless people into the grave," he said. “Just a few days ago, an extremist judge in Texas decided because Congress eliminated the individual mandate tax penalty of the Affordable Care Act, the entire ACA is invalid. This was not the final word and the ACA is still the law of the land, but if more extremist judges side with the decision, millions of people could be denied coverage outright or see their premiums skyrocket to a point where they couldn’t afford the coverage anyway.” Schweyer is a former director Read more


Schweyer: Let’s Get To Work

(Dec 04, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer outlines his agenda for the next session, focusing on jobs with real pay, schools, roads and being able to see a doctor when you get sick. Read more


2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more


Schweyer On Getting it Done for Allentown

(Nov 29, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses how he was able to successfully fight to deliver more funding for Allentown’s kids and roads and also helping to get people back to work and save tax dollars. Read more


Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more


More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Lehigh County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more


Schweyer to host November veterans outreach program

(Nov 07, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in a support program on Nov. 16 at his district office. A representative from the American Legion will be present in Schweyer’s office – 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov 16 to highlight services available for veterans and their families. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions and other compensation, as well as education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of this help. Anyone interested in speaking to the adviser is recommended to schedule an appointment through Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 . The help is normally available on the third Friday of every month at Schweyer’s office, but this month's date was moved up a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at . Read more


Weekly Medicare assistance Monday at Schweyer’s office

(Oct 30, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, reminds people that weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings are held each Monday at his office. With the exception of Nov. 12 because of Veterans Day, every Monday through Dec. 3 an APPRISE counselor is at Schweyer’s Allentown office -- 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The counselor is available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more