Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, returns to Harrisburg today to start the post-budget legislative session.

Earlier this year, which was Shusterman’s first time in session, she introduced five bills and two resolutions, and co-sponsored 91 bills and 37 resolutions. Her resolution declaring March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania was adopted by the House unanimously.

Shusterman also serves in the following roles:

  • secretary of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus co-chair.
  • Democratic chairwoman of the House Travel and Tourism Committee’s Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment.
  • Aging and Older Adult Services Committee member.

Additionally, Shusterman is deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Shusterman was the first freshman legislator to earn this title.

“Today is the first day back in session since we passed the budget on June 28th,” Shusterman said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running and continue to fight for the issues my district is most passionate about.”

Prior to the start of today’s legislative session, Shusterman spoke at a Moms Demand Action rally, emphasizing the need for Extreme Risk Protection Order laws to prevent suicides. Shusterman said in the coming weeks, she plans on introducing three bills that would increase firearm safety measures and prevent gun violence, including suicides.

Shusterman said her top priorities this session include commonsense gun reform, increased awareness and rights for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities, shifting Pennsylvania toward renewable energy and stimulating Pennsylvania’s economy and workforce development.

“I’ve been active in the disabilities rights and awareness movements both locally and in Harrisburg,” Shusterman said. “This fall, I will keep that momentum going and continue to be a strong voice on topics that would benefit Pennsylvanians with disabilities.”

Shusterman has also been an avid supporter of investing in renewable energy and environmental protection measures, and she has sponsored nine House bills in support of this.

“It’s time that we shift our dependence on nonrenewable resources to more sustainable, renewable forms of energy. This is not only for the prosperity of this commonwealth, but also to ensure Pennsylvania’s environment may be inhabited for generations to come, and clean air and water is still accessible,” Shusterman said.

To keep Pennsylvania moving toward a successful future, Shusterman introduced H.B. 719 last session. This bill would create more job opportunities for Pennsylvanians in the rapidly growing industries of life sciences, advanced technology and manufacturing.

“The time is now to push PA forward. Advances in science and technology, innovations in manufacturing, widening opportunities in trades, and a rising demand for skills like coding and computer programming will launch our commonwealth into a modern economy,” Shusterman said.

Updates on Shusterman’s legislative progress can be found on her website, social media pages and by signing up for her bi-weekly emails.