A Note to My Constituents …

(Sep 15, 2017)

I pride myself on having an office that is welcoming to everyone. My staff and I always work hard to help all individuals who reach out to my office and as such, will never discriminate against any person who is seeking assistance with a state-related matter. In a given day, we’ll have folks from all walks of life coming through our doors for one reason or another and we try our very best to help them. Not only does everyone deserve basic constituent service, but I am much better at my job as your state representative when people feel comfortable offering me their personal thoughts. I really do take every story, concern and opinion to heart and weigh them when considering legislation and policy matters. Many recent events, statements and even formal policies from across the nation (especially the repeal of DACA) have targeted a vulnerable group of people – immigrants. As such, I want to let everyone know my office will not discriminate against anyone who was born elsewhere. They work in our region, raise their families here and pay taxes … and their stories are important. A constituent’s age, political affiliation, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation is completely irrelevant to my staff and me. Everyone has an important perspective on our community and I can only do my job representing our part of Allentown when I hear from everyone. This includes all those who were born elsewhere but chose to live, work and Read more

 

Schweyer Defends DACA

(Sep 13, 2017)

At a Capitol press conference, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer condemns the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Read more

 

William Allen grad headed overseas to join Peace Corps

(Sep 08, 2017)

So glad to have had the opportunity to have this young man working in my district office for the past year. Read more

 

Schweyer appointed to national committee

(Aug 04, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer has been appointed to the Labor and Economic Development Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. “I look forward to working with lawmakers from across the country on the biggest concern for families – good jobs that pay good wages. Being part of a national working group focusing on labor and economic development means I have a real chance to improve working conditions and job opportunities for all,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. Schweyer is one of two House Democrats appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai to serve on the committee, along with Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky of Montgomery County. “It’s a privilege to represent Pennsylvania on this national committee and I thank Speaker Turzai for giving me this opportunity,” Schweyer said. Read more

 

Schweyer: Allentown mayor should resign

(Jul 26, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, released the following statement on the indictment of Allentown Mayor Edward Pawlowski: “As someone born and raised in the city of Allentown, someone who has dedicated my entire adult life to serving the people of my city and is proud to follow in the footsteps of my father and his 33 years serving the city of Allentown, I am truly dismayed and saddened. Ed Pawlowski should tender his resignation as mayor immediately if he truly values Allentown and its people. “City Hall needs to be a place where government works to move Allentown forward so it can remain an amazing place to live, work and raise a family." Read more

 

Schweyer collecting school supplies

(Jul 21, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, July 21 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer is leading an effort to collect school supplies at his Allentown office, 1912 S. Fourth St. Read more

 

Schweyer supports 2017-18 state spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding his vote for the $32 billion 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the House of Representatives and was sent to the governor’s desk. Read more

 

Schweyer issues statement on pension vote

(Jun 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – The following statement is from state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, regarding the passage of S.B. 1: "After much debate, deliberation and study, I joined a bipartisan group of legislators in supporting Senate Bill 1 which would make significant changes to the retirement plans for future state workers and public school employees. “Senate Bill 1 would have no adverse impact on retirees or current state or public education employees. No one who has earned his or her pension or has begun to prepare for retirement by investing in the state pension system would see any change in benefit. “This bill would mandate that we continue to pay down our approximately $70 billion liability as prescribed by previous law under Act 120. This unfunded liability exists not because of the employees, but because of poor decisions taken by state policymakers. This bill includes provisions that can help reduce the likelihood that future legislatures will make decisions that harm our pension fund. “Importantly, by providing three retirement options for future employees, Senate Bill 1 still would ensure sound and generous post-retirement financial security for those yet-to-be hired teachers, park rangers, public nurses and PennDOT workers. They would be able to choose from one of two side-by-side hybrid pension systems or a traditional 401k retirement plan. “Finally, Senate Bill 1 would reduce risk to taxpayers if (and Read more

 

Rep. Schweyer appointed to House Ethics Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session

(May 25, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, has been appointed to the House Ethics Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session, an eight-member body whose mission is ensuring House members and staff uphold high standards of conduct. Schweyer said the committee investigates and deals with alleged violations of House rules, and issues advisory opinions at the request of House members or employees. The legislative code of ethics, the Lobby Disclosure Act and developing new rules of ethical conduct also fall under its purview, as does planning and conducting House ethics education courses – including updating and distributing member and staff handbooks on ethical conduct. “It’s an honor to be selected to serve on this important committee,” Schweyer said. "Public trust is vital and most applicable when in a public service position. It’s about ensuring that everyone carries out his or her duties in the highest ethical standards so that one's actions are beyond reproach.” Schweyer said the House Ethics Committee is evenly split with four Democratic and four Republican members, and meets as needed to fulfill its statutory obligations and handle any matters brought before it. Other Democratic members of the committee are state Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny; Steven Kinsey, D-Phila.; and Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery. Read more

 

Schweyer to host town hall meeting tonight in Allentown

(May 25, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, invites residents of the 22nd Legislative District to participate in a Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Union Baptist Church, 302 N. 6 th St., Allentown. “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 a variety of state issues, Constituents also can call Schweyer’s district office at 610-791-6270 for more information about the event Editors: Press Coverage is encouraged. Read more

 

Schweyer Marks JFK’s 100th Birthday

(May 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer comments on his resolution designating May 29, 2017, as "John F. Kennedy Day" in Pennsylvania on the commemoration of his 100th birthday. Read more

 

Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(May 19, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted his annual Senior Fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving seniors a chance to learn about state programs and services, participate in health and wellness screenings, and connect with members of the community for a fun and informative event. Read more

 

Schweyer invites constituents to free Senior Fair

(May 12, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, May 12 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. Schweyer said he will co-host the event once again with state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. "Our annual Senior Fair is a great opportunity for attendees to get valuable information on resources in their community and ask questions all in one place," Schweyer said. "Last year’s event was very successful and by working with my colleague, we were able to reach many more seniors." Schweyer said the event will feature health and wellness screenings, along with information about various state and federal programs. Light refreshments will be available. Registration is not necessary to attend the event, but Schweyer said constituents with any questions should contact his office at (610) 791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network sponsor free health screening next Thursday

(May 12, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network are hosting a free health screening event for the community 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. "This event is a perfect opportunity for my constituents to get free screenings. All they have to do is stop by," Schweyer said. "People can also get their questions answered on health-related issues." Schweyer said the screenings include: Balance/Fall Prevention Carpal Tunnel Dizziness Posture Tours of Good Shepherd’s Optimal Fitness gym and warm-water therapy pool are available. Light snacks will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to 1-888-44-REHAB (73422). Schweyer said free convenient parking is located in the Good Shepherd parking garage on South Fifth St. People can enter the Health and Technology Center off the third floor of the parking garage. Read more

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

(May 10, 2017)

Find out important information from the 22nd Legislative District! Read more

 

Schweyer: Rasie the Wage, Increase Purchasing Power

(May 03, 2017)

At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on raising the minimum wage, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says that many business owners support an increase in the minimum wage which would increase the purchasing power of low wage workers, allowing them to spend more and boost the local economy. Read more

 

Local residents weigh in on the issues during Schweyer Telephone Town Hall

(Apr 28, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, April 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said his Tele-Town Hall meeting with local residents Thursday night provided him useful insight into his constituents’ views on various state and local issues. During the hour-long meeting, the more than 1,400 participants from Allentown and center city were asked to weigh in on poll questions and had the opportunity to ask questions of Schweyer. Of those who responded to instant polls, 54 percent said Pennsylvania should decriminalize the use of marijuana, 62 percent support raising the state’s minimum wage and 56 percent believe that Pennsylvania should end the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases, allowing people to face their accusers at any time after the abuse occurred. Schweyer said all of the issues covered in his poll questions are being discussed in the legislature right now, and these more recent questions helped to build on the feedback he was given during his telephone town hall last fall. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he also was able to provide his constituents some useful information on how the state budget is crafted and how education funding is considered, especially as it relates to school property taxes. He also provided an update on job creation and economic development efforts happening in Allentown. "It’s always great to hear from my constituents about what’s important to them and to give them an update on the state Read more

 

Rep. Schweyer's April 27, 2017 Telephone Town Hall

(Apr 27, 2017)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, held a a live Tele-Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Read more

 

Schweyer votes to fund UC centers, help unemployed workers (WITH VIDEO)

(Apr 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – The state House of Representatives today passed legislation that would provide emergency funding to restore some of the unemployment services lost in December after Senate Republicans refused to support the state’s call service centers used by jobless people seeking unemployment compensation, according to state Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more

 

National Infant Immunization Week recognized by state House

(Apr 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing April 22-29 as National Infant Immunization Week in the commonwealth, according to prime sponsor Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more