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A time for reflection and more!

(Mar 21, 2019)

A Time for Reflection I was honored to lead the state House in prayer this week.During the season of Lent, I felt a message of repentance, sacrifice and reflection was fitting for my colleagues and me. Read more

 

Snyder: Potential homeowners need to know about Pa.'s mine subsidence insurance program

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – Prospective homebuyers would be told of the state’s mine subsidence insurance program when considering a purchase in an area where mining has taken place, under a bill proposed by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder’s legislation would require that information about the insurance – offered through the state Department of Environmental Protection – be given to those contemplating buying a home in an area where coal or clay mining activities have occurred. This information would be provided either by the seller or the real estate agent. “Imagine buying a new home for you and your family, only to find out that its foundation has cracked and is sinking, due to mine subsidence,” Snyder said. “Currently, no regulations exist in Pennsylvania requiring that homebuyers be made aware that mine subsidence insurance is available, or that it be recommended to them. My bill would ensure this information is provided to allow them to make an informed decision.” Snyder noted her legislation would not place a financial mandate on homebuyers, but only require that the pertinent information be provided to those in the market for a new home. House Bill 27 is currently before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Avoiding tax-time scams and more!

(Mar 14, 2019)

Avoid tax-time scams While we still have a few weeks to go until the April 15 tax filing deadline, scammers are certainly not taking any time off.This week, the state Department of Revenue partnered with the IRS and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants to offer some useful tips to keep in mind to avoid falling victim to tax scams. Read more

 

Snyder: ID bill would strengthen protection of healthcare workers in Pa.

(Mar 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – Omitting a healthcare worker’s last name on identification badges is a step in the right direction to protect them from workplace-related violence, said state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, who has introduced a bill to that effect. Snyder was prompted to craft this legislation after learning of incidents throughout Pennsylvania where ill-intentioned persons used a healthcare worker’s personal information – such as their first and last name or photograph – to stalk, threaten, harass, or physically harm them. Snyder said national research from the New England Journal of Medicine found nearly 75 percent of all workplace assaults occurred in health care settings, with 80 percent of emergency medical workers experiencing physical violence during their careers. “Study after study shows workplace violence incidents are four times more likely to occur in healthcare settings than in other industries,” said Snyder. “While Pennsylvania law requires healthcare professionals to wear identification badges, removing their last name from the badges would help ensure the safety and welfare of our most needed and respected professionals. “These men and women are on the front lines each and every day, trusted to provide quality, life-saving care in hospitals and other healthcare settings across our state. As legislators, we need to do all we can to protect them from those Read more

 

Snyder’s bill would help more Pa. disabled veterans with real estate tax relief

(Mar 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – More of Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans would receive financial relief through a reduction in their real estate taxes under a bill introduced by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. House Bill 29 would expand the state’s Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program to include all disabled veterans, providing them with a real estate tax exemption amount equal to the percentage of their disability. For example, a veteran who is classified by the Veterans Administration as being 60 percent disabled would be entitled to a 60 percent reduction in their real estate taxes. Currently, only veterans who are classified as 100 percent disabled by the VA can receive this exemption. “These veterans served our country with honor and distinction, with some returning home with significant physical impairments and financial challenges,” Snyder said. “My legislation would expand this program to help all disabled veterans in the commonwealth. These men and women have made great sacrifices for our freedom, we should do no less than provide them with the assistance and support they truly deserve.” Snyder’s bill is before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: Employee misclassification complaints warrant prompt handling by state labor officials

(Mar 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG , March 7 – Complaints filed by Pennsylvanians who believe they’ve been wrongly classified by their employer should be handled in a timely manner, said state Rep. Pam Snyder. Snyder said employee misclassification occurs when an employee is designated by their employer as an independent contractor – instead of as employee – in an attempt to avoid paying income taxes, minimum or overtime wages, workers compensation premiums and contributions to the state’s employment compensation system. “It’s wrong and extremely unfair for employers to intentionally misclassify workers to save a few bucks,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “This practice gives dishonest employers an unfair advantage over those who play by the rules, and it hurts workers who just want an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Hardworking Pennsylvanians deserve to be treated – and paid – fairly, and they also deserve to have these complaints addressed quickly.” Snyder’s legislation, H.B. 718 , would require the department to confirm receipt of a misclassification complaint filed with the state Department of Labor and Industry within 15 days. Read more

 

Clarifying mental health age of consent for minors, and more!

(Mar 07, 2019)

Efforts underway to clarify law on mental health age of consent for minors If you’re the parent or guardian of a child 14 or older and you feel they may need mental health treatment, you should be making that decision...not your child.Right now, clear guidelines do not exist regarding consent for mental healthtreatment for children ages 14 to 18 in Pennsylvania. That’s leading to a great deal of confusion for parents, minors and providers of mental health services.I’m working with state Reps. Jason Ortitay and Marcia Hahn on H.B. 672, which would update state law by replacing sections of it with clearer language that’s easier to understand. Read more

 

Snyder: Clarity in state law needed regarding mental health age of consent for minors

(Mar 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG , March 5 – Mental health providers, parents and children older than 14 deserve and need clear guidelines regarding consent for mental health treatment, said state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder, along with state Reps. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington, and Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton, soon will introduce legislation to update Act 147 of 2004, which allows minors the right to consent to mental health treatment, regardless of parental consent. Snyder said the law also allows minors to refuse treatment, even if the parent provides consent. Despite previous efforts to clarify the law’s provisions, Snyder said confusion still exists with parents, minors and mental health providers. “A 14- to 18-year-old child who may already be dealing with a mental health issue is not in a position to make such a monumental decision regarding their care,” Snyder said. “A decision of this magnitude should be in the hands of their parent or legal guardian. These children need guidance and support in making such a decision, especially if they’re already struggling with a mental health concern.” Snyder said their legislation would repeal sections of the act that are unclear and leading to confusion, and will replace those sections with clearer language that’s easier to understand. “These parents and providers want to do what’s right for a child, and our efforts will ensure they can do so, without Read more

 

Snyder: Grace period would help residents pay state taxes overdue from error

(Feb 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – Pennsylvanians who discover that they – or their tax preparer – made an inadvertent error in their state personal income tax return would get two months to rectify the problem under a measure introduced by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Imagine if – years after the fact – you discovered an honest error was made in filing your state tax return, and you’re now on the hook for thousands of dollars,” Snyder said. “My bill would allow taxpayers adequate time to pay those overdue taxes to the commonwealth. While taxpayers are ultimately responsible for ensuring their returns are filed accurately, they deserve the opportunity to make it right without being excessively penalized.” Snyder said the state Department of Revenue can review a taxpayer’s return for up to three years after its filing. If an error is discovered, the taxpayer is liable to make up that amount plus penalties, which could be significant in cases where the error is years old. House Bill 25 would provide affected taxpayers with a 60-day grace period following notification by the state Department of Revenue. They could pay any overdue state taxes without being charged penalties or interest on amounts owed. The bill is before the House Finance Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: Volunteer fire assistance grants applications available soon for rural, volunteer fire companies

(Feb 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – Rural and volunteer fire companies will soon be able to apply for grants to help cover equipment and training costs, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the cost-share grants, awarded through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are earmarked for fire departments that serve fewer than 10,000 residents. “These smaller fire companies have an enormous responsibility in keeping us safe, putting their lives on the line to protect ours,” Snyder said. “These grants will help ensure they have the needed tools and training to prevent, control and suppress fires in our communities.” Grants will be accepted Feb. 26 through May 2. The maximum grant award for 2019 is $10,000. More information, including specific eligibility requirements, can be found at the following link: www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Wildfire/VolunteerFireDepartmentResources/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

"Lemon Law" bill to include motorcycles moves forward and more!

(Feb 21, 2019)

This week, the state House overwhelmingly passed my bill that would extend the state’s Lemon Law protections to people who purchase or lease a new motorcycle.I’ve been fighting for this legislation since I joined the state House.I believe motorcycles are major investments, and they’re subject to the same potential defects as other motor vehicles. It’s only fair that consumers who buy or lease a motorcycle should have the same protections as other vehicle consumers.State law currently requires a manufacturer to fix any defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of a new motor vehicle if the problem occurs in the first year of ownership Read more

 

House passes Snyder bill to extend consumer protections to motorcycle owners

(Feb 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 20 – The state House today overwhelmingly passed legislation that would extend the state’s Lemon Law protections to those who purchase or lease a new motorcycle, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Motorcycles are major investments, and they’re subject to the same potential defects as other motor vehicles – including defects that can affect safety – so it’s only fair that consumers who buy or lease a motorcycle should have the same protections as other vehicle consumers,” Snyder said. “I’ve been fighting for this legislation since I became a lawmaker,” added Snyder, who has worked for years to expand public awareness of motorcyclists’ rights and ensure that bikers are treated fairly under Pennsylvania law. “I’m thrilled by today’s vote in the House because it signals that we may finally be on the road to equal consumer protection for Pennsylvania’s bikers.” State law currently requires a manufacturer to fix any defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of a new motor vehicle if the problem occurs in the first year of ownership or within 12,000 miles. House Bill 26 would extend those “lemon law” protections to consumers who purchase or lease a motorcycle by broadening the definition of “new motor vehicle” to include motorcycles. The bill now heads to the Read more

 

Snyder: It’s high time to expand high-speed Internet service

(Feb 19, 2019)

Synder: It’s high time to expand high-speed Internet service HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – Millions of Pennsylvania residents have access to some form of high-speed broadband Internet access, but the same can’t be said of hundreds of thousands of people who live in rural areas of the state, said Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland. “Despite the passage of measures back in 1993 and 2004 to ensure all areas of our state have access to a modern broadband telecommunications network by 2015, that obviously hasn’t happened and it’s extremely frustrating,” Snyder said. “Pennsylvanians, regardless of where they live, need access to quality, reliable broadband service, and I am dedicated to making that happen.” Snyder said she has introduced legislation to address several issues related to lack of access in underserved and unserved areas of the state: House Bill 305 would direct the state Department of General Services to conduct an inventory of all state department, agency, commission, or institution-owned communication towers, poles, bridges and facilities to leverage existing assets to provide access to areas without broadband service. House Resolution 63 would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of, and investigation into, the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previous enacted broadband telecommunications laws (Act 67 of 1993 and Act 183 of 2004). House Read more

 

Snyder: State should delay transportation changes that could adversely affect Medical Assistance recipients

(Feb 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – The state must delay a plan that mandates shared ride services for Medical Assistance recipients go through statewide or regional vendors instead of county or locally based services, state Rep. Pam Snyder said. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington – along with state Reps. Aaron Bernstein, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, and Johnathan Fritz, R-Wayne/Susquehanna – said they will be introducing legislation that would ask the state Department of Human Services to hold off until a thorough review is conducted, citing concerns about access, as well as community needs and resources. “Pennsylvanians on Medical Assistance need safe, reliable transportation to their appointments – that point we all agree upon – but we need to ensure that any state requirements allow for flexibility, especially in the more rural and sparsely populated areas of our state,” Snyder said. “While we appreciate the department’s efforts, several issues arose in our communities showing a lack of understanding about local needs and resources, and that must be addressed first. Any transportation changes for MA recipients could cause confusion and result in significant impacts to their health care and needs. This plan could also adversely affect the senior shared ride program, and that also is a big concern of mine, if it were to go forward without a thorough review.” Last year, the state Human Services Code included the Read more

 

Protecting corrections officers and more!

(Feb 14, 2019)

Protecting corrections officers focus ofnew legislation In order to continue my push to further protect corrections officers, I’ve joined two House colleagues, Reps. Gerald J. Mullery, (D- Luzerne) and Neil Goodman (D-Schuylkill), to introduce a series of bills to bolster their safety.The first of this effort is House Bill 44, which would provide corrections officers the opportunity to submit written testimony or testify in person at parole hearings. The Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

Snyder: Protecting corrections officers focus of new legislation

(Feb 11, 2019)

Snyder: Protecting corrections officers focus of new legislation HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – Continuing her push to further protect corrections officers, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is joining two House colleagues to introduce a series of bills to bolster their safety. Partnering with state Reps. Gerald J. Mullery, (D- Luzerne) and Neil Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Snyder is sponsoring House Bill 44 , which would provide corrections officers the opportunity to submit written testimony or testify in person at parole hearings. The bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee. Snyder said additional bills to address officer safety are forthcoming, including a measure to allow corrections officers to carry Tasers, and a separate bill requiring the state Department of Corrections to establish a staffing plan to ensure no guard is left alone on duty, except during unforeseeable emergency circumstances. “Two years ago, we were successful in enacting a law in Pennsylvania to allow corrections officers to carry pepper spray while on duty, but we can always do more to protect them,” Snyder said. “It’s a dangerous job and they deserve as many additional protections as possible.” In 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 174 , a measure introduced by Snyder, requiring the DOC to issue canisters of pepper spray to all officers working in medium- and high-security state prisons. The law also requires officers to be Read more

 

Rep. Snyder: Staffers to assist residents in filing for Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Feb 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said her staff will be on hand throughout the district to help eligible residents file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “We want to ensure we can help people promptly file their forms, as claimants must reapply for rebates each year, since the rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid annually,” Snyder said. “If you are a new applicant, my office staff will be happy to assist you.” The deadline to apply is June 30, but it is routinely extended until the end of the year. However, filing early means you’ll get your rebate sooner. A representative from Snyder’s office will be present to help residents file on the following dates and locations: Thursday, Feb. 7 – 10 a.m.-noon at Brownsville Senior Housing, Brownsville; 1-3 p.m. at Parkview Knoll, Carmichaels. Friday, Feb. 8 – 10 a.m.-noon at the Waynesburg Senior Center; 1505 Morris Street, Waynesburg. Monday, Feb. 11 – 10 a.m.-noon at the Mt. Morris Senior Center, 303 Mt. Morris Road, Mount Morris. Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 10 a.m.-noon at the Bobtown Senior Center, 305 Grant Street, Bobtown. Wednesday, Feb. 13 – 10 a.m.-noon at Gateway Senior Housing, 330 Nazer St., Waynesburg. Thursday, Feb. 14 - 10 a.m.-noon at the West Greene Senior Center, 106 Grange Road, Graysville. Friday, Feb. 15 Read more

 

Snyder’s bill would provide early voting options in Pa.

(Feb 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – In an effort to make it easier for Pennsylvanians to have their voices heard at the ballot box, state Rep. Pam Snyder has introduced legislation to provide an early voting period and allow for absentee voting without requiring an excuse. “My bill would help voters who may have a difficult time getting to the polls, including workers like nurses and coal miners, who often work long hours,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “In addition, it would significantly increase overall voter turnout across Pennsylvania.” In the 2018 general election, Snyder said, states offering early voting experienced record levels of those casting early ballots. While Pennsylvania also had a significant voter increase compared to 2014, 25 other states surpassed Pennsylvania in terms of voter turnout. By Election Day, over 5 million people in other states had voted before polls opened. Snyder’s legislation, part of the House Democrats’ Your Vote Counts package, would end the 19 th century practice of having Election Day only on a single Tuesday, instead allowing people to vote up to a month in advance at designated locations. Forty other states already offer this option, said Snyder, noting her bill would curb long lines at voting precincts, and reduce stress on poll workers and reliance on obsolete voting machines. House Bill 43 is currently before the House State Government Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Consumer Affairs Committee advances bill to protect motorcyclists’ investments

(Feb 04, 2019)

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the House Consumer Affairs Committee today approved her legislation that would cover motorcycles under Pennsylvania’s Automobile Lemon Law. Read more

 

A time for reflection and more!
Mar 21, 2019

Snyder: Potential homeowners need to know about Pa.'s mine subsidence insurance program
Mar 19, 2019

Avoiding tax-time scams and more!
Mar 14, 2019

Snyder: ID bill would strengthen protection of healthcare workers in Pa.
Mar 13, 2019

Snyder’s bill would help more Pa. disabled veterans with real estate tax relief
Mar 12, 2019

Snyder: Employee misclassification complaints warrant prompt handling by state labor officials
Mar 07, 2019

Clarifying mental health age of consent for minors, and more!
Mar 07, 2019

Snyder: Clarity in state law needed regarding mental health age of consent for minors
Mar 05, 2019

Snyder: Grace period would help residents pay state taxes overdue from error
Feb 25, 2019

Snyder: Volunteer fire assistance grants applications available soon for rural, volunteer fire companies
Feb 21, 2019

"Lemon Law" bill to include motorcycles moves forward and more!
Feb 21, 2019

House passes Snyder bill to extend consumer protections to motorcycle owners
Feb 20, 2019

Snyder: It’s high time to expand high-speed Internet service
Feb 19, 2019

Snyder: State should delay transportation changes that could adversely affect Medical Assistance recipients
Feb 14, 2019

Protecting corrections officers and more!
Feb 14, 2019

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

Snyder: Protecting corrections officers focus of new legislation
Feb 11, 2019

Rep. Snyder: Staffers to assist residents in filing for Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Feb 07, 2019

Snyder’s bill would provide early voting options in Pa.
Feb 06, 2019

Consumer Affairs Committee advances bill to protect motorcyclists’ investments
Feb 04, 2019