Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict

(Mar 01, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Rep. Peter Schweyer: “The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward. “There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us. “I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “ Rep. Mike Schlossberg: “Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown. Read more


Schweyer repeats call for changes to protect sexual assault victims

(Mar 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the latest news story about a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly being accused of sexual assault. Read more


Schweyer: CTE is Crucial for Lehigh Valley

(Feb 26, 2018)

In the second week of House Appropriations Committee public hearings for the 2018-19 state budget, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discussed why career and technical education is crucial in quality education and creating good paying jobs for students. Read more


Schweyer Supports PaSSHE Students

(Feb 22, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer supported students from Pennsylvania's fourteen State System of Higher Education schools who rallied at the Capitol on their annual Advocacy Day. Read more


Schweyer: Budget Hearings Begin for Pa.

(Feb 20, 2018)

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses day one, where he explains why these next three weeks are crucial for the commonwealth’s finances and taxpayers. Read more


Schweyer Hopes to Boost Job Creation

(Feb 05, 2018)

At the Invent Penn State Day at the Capitol, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer talks about the importance of funding job creation and entrepreneurship programs and hopes to keep these issues in the forefront as this year's state budget process gets underway. Read more


1/10/18 - Health Care Access - Allentown

(Jan 11, 2018)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more


Schweyer Commends Gov. Wolf's Action on Opioids

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer commends Gov. Wolf for his action in signing a statewide disaster declaration to help provide additional resources in the fight against opioid and heroin addiction across Pennsylvania. Read more


Schweyer, Policy Committee talk health care access, Plan4PA

(Jan 10, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access in Pennsylvania and House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Schweyer was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and legislators from across the state, to discuss House Democrats’ Plan4PA and Putting People First, which includes access to affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians. “We need to improve health care access, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. I’m grateful to today’s panelists for explaining their role in making that happen. Healthier Pennsylvanians mean more people who are able to work, provide for their families and keep our local economy strong,” Schweyer said. Sturla added: “As we work on legislation that helps Pennsylvania move forward from the recession that began 10 years ago, it’s important that we continue to work together on legislation that improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Improving health care access will have a positive ripple effect on the state and I thank Representative Schweyer for hosting today’s hearing.” The committee heard testimony from: John Kristel, president and CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Dr. David Burnmeister, chairman of Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Alan Jennings, executive director, Community Action Read more


Schweyer: We Need Property Tax Relief

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss property tax reform, which is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Read more


Schweyer to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on health care access Wednesday in Allentown

(Jan 05, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Health and Technology Center, Main Level Conference Room, 850 S. 5 th St., Allentown. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss the need for improved health care access with policy experts, some of whom provide care to the most vulnerable citizens. State legislators from all over the commonwealth will be in attendance, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Health care access is part of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA . The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks John Kristel , president & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Dr. David Burnmeister , chairman of Department of Emergency & Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network Alan Jennings , executive director, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: Melissa Miranda , executive director, Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley Deb Gilbert , director of the Parish Nursing/Community Outreach Department, Sacred Heart Healthcare System Kelly Berk , network director of maternal child health initiatives for Nurse-Family Partnership, St. Luke’s University Health Network 3:20 p.m. Panel Three: Maggie Murphy , Read more


Schweyer Discusses Plan4PA

(Jan 03, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses how the House Democrats #Plan4PA will help the people of Allentown by focusing on good jobs, good schools and a system that finally puts working people first. Read more


Schweyer demands new protection and transparency to prevent sexual harassment

(Dec 19, 2017)

I read with great disgust the recent media reports detailing inappropriate sexual behavior by members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The victims deserve our support for their bravery in approaching this incredibly difficult subject head on. They, along with every resident of Pennsylvania, have my commitment that we as elected Representatives will dramatically change the culture and rules in Harrisburg. We can no longer enable legislators who prey on others and we can no longer use taxpayer dollars to conceal their actions. Read more


2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Please download and enjoy this free 2018 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more


Schweyer, Schlossberg and Browne announce grants for trail expansion

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, announced the approval of $353,500 in state grants to install street lights, improve sidewalks and ramps, and create a multi-use trail in Allentown. Read more


Schweyer supports gaming bill to maintain $5 million for Allentown

(Oct 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s state House of Representatives passage of an expanded gaming bill. Read more


Weekly Medicare assistance starts Monday at Schweyer’s office

(Oct 10, 2017)

Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will hold weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings t his office. “Every Monday through Dec. 4, we will have an APPRISE counselor in my district office for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. This is a time when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage and compare it against other plans on the market,” Schweyer said. The visits will take place Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The APPRISE counselor will be available to help answer questions about original 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


Background on Equifax data breach incident

(Oct 06, 2017)

Detailed information on how PA residents can protect themselves after the Equifax data breach. Read more


Schweyer to host child car seat safety check event

(Oct 05, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is uniting with the Allentown Health Bureau for a free child car safety check vent. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the parking lot at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 417 N. 7 th St., Allentown. “The single most important thing you can do to protect your children is to buckle them up properly inside vehicles,” Schweyer said. Schweyer said technicians from the health bureau will make sure children’s car seats are properly installed. Schweyer is encouraging people to call his office to schedule an appointment time for the car seat check. His office telephone number is 610-791-6270. Read more


House passes Schweyer resolution designating September 'Military Suicide Prevention Month'

(Sep 25, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said he is pleased that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved his resolution ( H.R. 489 ) designating September 2017 as “Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Schweyer said his legislation focuses on the suicide rate of veterans returning from recent deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. “My resolution brings attention to the need for additional suicide prevention efforts and awareness in Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “Our veterans fight for our freedom and protect us every day and now we can help to provide them with mental health programs when they return home.” According to Schweyer, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study found that nearly 8,000 veterans committed suicide in 2010, an average of 22 veterans per day. That particular suicide rate is nearly 50 percent higher than the suicide rate among civilians of similar demographics. Schweyer said the Lehigh Valley has a number of fabulous organizations such as One Fight Foundation, Hope for Veterans and Treatment Trends that provide guidance to our returning men and women. In 2012, an Austin Texas newspaper, The American-Statesmen, investigated the deaths of 266 veterans in Texas who served during either the Iraq or Afghanistan war. The study found that 45 of the 266 veterans committed suicide, making it the fourth-leading cause of death behind blindness, accidents and drug–related Read more