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


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