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FAFSA completion day, train crash update and spring forward

(Mar 09, 2018)

Information on FAFSA Completion Day, train crash in Washington County and spring your clocks forward Read more

 

Spring 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 07, 2018)

Check out my latest newsletter! Jobs saved! Consol secures permits at Bailey Mine; campaign to improve broadband internet service, legislation I'm working on, local events and more. Read more

 

Train incident - Centerville Borough, Washington County

(Mar 06, 2018)

Update on train crash in Washington County. Read more

 

Snyder stands with prison guards, urges removal of heavy boots from inmates

(Feb 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, supports prison guards’ efforts to confiscate and ban certain inmate footwear in the state prison system, following the death of a corrections officer attacked at the State Correctional Institution in Somerset County. Sgt. Mark J. Baserman died earlier this week from injuries he sustained in the Feb. 15 attack, where he was hit and repeatedly kicked in the head by an inmate wearing heavy-soled work boots purchased through the prison’s commissary. “I stand with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association in asking that Timberland-style boots or similar footwear be prohibited for inmates in our correctional facilities,” Snyder said. “That type of footwear should have never been accessible to inmates to begin with.” In honor of Baserman, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday ordered that the state flag be flown at half-staff at the Capitol and all commonwealth facilities in Somerset County until sunset the day of his funeral. “Our officers are dedicated to protecting our communities and in turn, we should protect them in any way we can,” Snyder added. “Sergeant Baserman is a hero.” Read more

 

I stand with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association

(Feb 28, 2018)

Following the death of a corrections officer attacked by an inmate, I am standing with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association in asking that all heavy-soled boots and similar-style shoes be confiscated and banned. Read more

 

Snyder, other legislators send letter to FCC urging affordable, reliable internet in rural areas

(Feb 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, joined by a contingent of other state legislators, has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission asking for fast, reliable broadband service across the commonwealth on behalf of the 800,000 people in the state who do not have it. The letter requests that rules be finalized to allow at least three white space channels in each U.S. market designated to be used by broadband internet. In doing so, the private sector and other companies could work on transforming rural communities by offering affordable and reliable broadband services, the letter states. “As an advocate for access to broadband service to the people who need it the most, some members of the General Assembly and I are asking that the private sector be allowed to access white space to develop technological advances in rural broadband,” said Snyder. “By improving the technological advances available in rural communities, people will be better equipped with more educational and economic opportunities.” Last year Snyder introduced H.R. 630 urging the FCC to support a joint petition filed by the State Utility Commission and Department of Community and Economic Development, which would safeguard Connect America funding. Additionally, Snyder joined state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, in introducing H.B. 1642, legislation that would expand the availability of high-speed broadband internet Read more

 

Letter to Federal Communications Comission regarding broadband

(Feb 26, 2018)

Here is a copy of the letter to the FCC asking for equal use of broadband internet usage. Read more

 

I’ve signed onto legislation to boost money for Safe Schools grant program

(Feb 23, 2018)

I have co-sponsored legislation that proposes a $30 million increase in funding to Pennsylvania’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. Read more

 

Snyder announces more than $361,000 in fire department, EMS grants

(Feb 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $361,410 in state grants to more than two dozen local fire and ambulance companies. “Our firefighters and EMS workers put their lives on the line to protect ours,” Snyder explained. “These grants are crucial in ensuring they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities and, in turn, continue keeping our communities safe.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Allison Vol. Fire Dept. 2 – Fire Company, $11,911 Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 – Fire Company, $12,833 Hiller Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $14,491 Hiller Vol. Fire Co. – EMS, $7,037 Isabella Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $11,543 Luzerne Twp. Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $12,280 Masontown Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $12,096 Republic Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $13,386 South Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 – Fire Company, $11,994 Tower Hill 2 Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $12,096 Bobtown Dunkard Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance – Fire Company, $11,727 Bobtown Dunkard Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance – EMS, $7,037 Carmichaels and Cumberland Twp. Volunteer Fire. Dept. – Fire Company, $12,649 Center Twp. Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $12,096 Clarksville & Community Vol. Fire Dept. Read more

 

A great Tele-Town Hall--and a heads up on some important contact information

(Feb 12, 2018)

I want to thank all of you who took the time to participate in my Tele-Town Hall last night. It was a wonderful community dialog! And I wanted to correct the record on something. Read more

 

Rep. Pam Snyder's Tele-Town Hall recording, Feb. 8, 2018

(Feb 09, 2018)

Listen as Rep. Snyder takes YOUR questions and talks about the issues that matter to Southwestern Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Electronics Recycling Collections for 2018

(Feb 05, 2018)

Quarterly Electronics Collection for 2018 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Read more

 

Snyder awarded ABATE ‘Freedom Fighter’ Award

(Feb 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – On Saturday, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was awarded the ABATE “Freedom Fighter” Award for her efforts in fighting to protect the rights of the state’s motorcyclists. ABATE, which stands for Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to protecting bikers’ rights through political change, public education and charitable projects. The group works actively with legislators and members of the public to raise awareness on issues affecting bikers and to promote safety. “ABATE has made great strides in raising awareness about motorcyclists’ rights, promoting rider safety and protecting bikers’ rights to continue to enjoy their passion unfettered by unfair laws,” Snyder said. “I am so honored to receive this honor and to support a group so passionate about their ideals.” Snyder has worked actively for years to promote awareness of motorcyclists’ rights and to ensure that bikers are treated fairly under the law. Last year, she introduced a bill to add motorcycles to the state’s vehicle “Lemon Law,” which protects consumers who buy defective vehicles. The bill passed the House and now heads for the Senate. More information on the bill is available here . “Just like a car or truck, a motorcycle is a major investment,” Snyder said. “The law needs to treat consumers who purchase Read more

 

Snyder to host Tele-Town Hall Thursday, Feb. 8

(Feb 02, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is encouraging residents of the 50 th Legislative District to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting she is hosting on Thursday, Feb. 8 . Residents of Snyder’s district will receive an automated phone call at their homes at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday inviting them to join the meeting. To participate, they simply need to stay on the line. “This will be a terrific opportunity for community members to discuss some of the topics that matter most to them, from jobs to health care to issues affecting seniors and children,” Snyder said. “I’m looking forward to hearing from my constituents and taking questions on a wide range of subjects. I hope everyone will stay on the line—even if they don’t want to talk—just to listen and learn more about the issues affecting our community." Snyder said participants will also have a chance to weigh in on poll questions using their touch-tone phones. Anyone who doesn’t have a chance to speak during the Tele-Town Hall will be able to record a question at the end. Questions will be forwarded to Snyder’s office for a future response. Constituents can also email a question before the town hall to townhall@pahouse.net . Residents with cell phones only who wish to participate must register beforehand by visiting this link: https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/x149jh271ydqkxa . Read more

 

Join me for a Tele-Town Hall Thursday - right from your own home

(Feb 02, 2018)

Please join me for a live Tele-Town Hall Thursday, Feb. 8. Read more

 

Recognizing Pa.’s addiction crisis for the emergency it is; Feds, not Pa., threatening gun rights of legal medical marijuana patients

(Jan 10, 2018)

Rep. Pam Snyder, a member of the PA HOPE – Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education – Caucus, applauds Gov. Tom Wolf's disaster declaration establishing Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid addiction crisis as a statewide emergency. Read more

 

Federal government, not state, threatening gun rights of legal medical marijuana patients

(Jan 10, 2018)

Rep. Pam Snyder says the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvanians lawfully gaining medical cannabis prescriptions or accorded Safe Harbor permission to possess medical cannabis should not be infringed by outdated federal statutes that should be overhauled with responsible, up-to-date guidelines. Read more

 

President stresses broadband deployment in rural America; Executive order commits ‘all viable tools’ to better internet access

(Jan 09, 2018)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that the president has issued an executive order aimed at increasing access to broadband in rural America. The order mirrors her efforts to align state infrastructure assets to make broadband internet access more accessible. Read more

 

Snyder saddened by Dana Mine closure due to geological problems

(Jan 04, 2018)

The recent announcement by Dana Mining of Pennsylvania LLC that it will close its 4 West Mine near Mt. Morris, which employs 370, offers some important insights about the state of our economy and its health moving forward. The Dana decision shows that sometimes, pure economics and not government policy is the driver of such outcomes. News reports put high production costs – including poor geological conditions – and inability to compete with longwall mining at the center of the company’s decision. In this case, Dana officials say it’s other producers of steam coal, not natural gas or renewable energy, that have made it difficult for them to compete. They were mining the smaller Sewickley seam while using continuous mining machines, not removing the thicker Pittsburgh seam with higher-producing longwall mining machines. Coal remains a nonrenewable resource, and while the industry continues providing good-paying jobs that are desperately needed, the costs of extraction can – as in the case of Dana – become prohibitive in a market where you’re competing not just with other forms of energy, but with other coal producers. In 2013, there were just shy of 50,000 underground coal mining jobs in the United States, including about 6,000 in Pennsylvania. This represents a precipitous drop from the nearly 900,000 employed in 1923, and is part of a steady downward trend. We also can’t discount the effects of mechanization, Read more

 

New law helps veterans receive benefits; 2018 calendar available online; winter coping tips

(Dec 27, 2017)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that a measure she supported will help Pa. veterans receive benefits. Act 69 of 2017 will expand the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Also, a free 2018 calendar is available online and tips for surviving winter. Read more

 

FAFSA completion day, train crash update and spring forward
Mar 09, 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter
Mar 07, 2018

Train incident - Centerville Borough, Washington County
Mar 06, 2018

Snyder stands with prison guards, urges removal of heavy boots from inmates
Feb 28, 2018

I stand with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association
Feb 28, 2018

Snyder, other legislators send letter to FCC urging affordable, reliable internet in rural areas
Feb 26, 2018

Letter to Federal Communications Comission regarding broadband
Feb 26, 2018

I’ve signed onto legislation to boost money for Safe Schools grant program
Feb 23, 2018

Snyder announces more than $361,000 in fire department, EMS grants
Feb 15, 2018

A great Tele-Town Hall--and a heads up on some important contact information
Feb 12, 2018

Rep. Pam Snyder's Tele-Town Hall recording, Feb. 8, 2018
Feb 09, 2018

Electronics Recycling Collections for 2018
Feb 05, 2018

Snyder awarded ABATE ‘Freedom Fighter’ Award
Feb 02, 2018

Snyder to host Tele-Town Hall Thursday, Feb. 8
Feb 02, 2018

Join me for a Tele-Town Hall Thursday - right from your own home
Feb 02, 2018

Recognizing Pa.’s addiction crisis for the emergency it is; Feds, not Pa., threatening gun rights of legal medical marijuana patients
Jan 10, 2018

Federal government, not state, threatening gun rights of legal medical marijuana patients
Jan 10, 2018

President stresses broadband deployment in rural America; Executive order commits ‘all viable tools’ to better internet access
Jan 09, 2018

Snyder saddened by Dana Mine closure due to geological problems
Jan 04, 2018

New law helps veterans receive benefits; 2018 calendar available online; winter coping tips
Dec 27, 2017