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Snyder announces passage of broadband bill

(Jun 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – A bill to direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington announced. “All Pennsylvanians, whether they live in an urban or rural area, should have access to reliable and affordable broadband service. It will allow more of our residents to have access to telemedicine, to take online courses, and to help our agriculture sector better compete,” Snyder said. “I’ve been advocating for expanded broadband service for three years, and I am pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward." The bill would require the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough 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. Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are pending further action. House Resolution 63 , which would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of – and investigation into – the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previously enacted broadband telecommunications laws, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64 , which would establish a bipartisan, Read more

 

Pa Farm Bill passes!

(Jun 20, 2019)

PA Farm Bill, celebrating women's right to vote, and more! Read more

 

Snyder announces passage of bill included in PA Farm Bill package

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Calling it a win/win for farmers and a boost to the state’s agriculture industry, state Rep. Pam Snyder today applauded the passage of her measure, included in the bipartisan PA Farm Bill package , that would help new and small meat processors in Pennsylvania. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1520 would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small and new processors and also subsidize the first-time purchase of meat processing equipment needed for federal compliance. “The PA Farm Bill package is the first of its kind in our state’s history to support and invest in one of our state’s top industries and will provide the necessary resources to ensure its strong and vibrant future for years to come,” Snyder said. “This $24 million investment will be used to assist farmers in a number of ways, including business development, disaster response resources, and expanding our state’s very successful PA Preferred program.” The additional bills in the PA Farm Bill package include the creation of a grant program to improve childhood nutrition and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and hardwoods. House Bill 1520, along with the additional measures contained in the PA Farm Bill package, now heads to state Senate for Read more

 

Broadband efforts moving forward

(Jun 13, 2019)

Broadband updates, property tax relief efforts, and more! Read more

 

Snyder: Bipartisan bill would enable school districts to exclude property taxes

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – A bipartisan measure that would establish a property tax reform program enabling school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of a homeowner’s school property tax bill has been introduced, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Partnering with state Reps. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton, and Rosemary M. Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, Snyder said the bill would provide for the elimination of owner-occupied residential school property taxes via the homestead and farmland exclusion, also known as the property tax relief program. The measure would increase the state’s personal income tax by 1.8%. That increase – from 3.07% to 4.87% – represents the amount needed to offset the property tax exemption, Snyder added. “I hear from seniors and homeowners regularly about this property tax burden and how unfair and costly it is to them,” Snyder said. “We realize that school districts need adequate funding to operate, but not on the backs of taxpayers, including first-time home buyers and family farms. The personal income tax is considered one of the more stable taxes levied in our state, and this will ensure districts will have the necessary funding for their schools. “We’ve also seen how property taxes can fluctuate, due to economic downturns over the past few years, and we believe this measure is a viable solution for both taxpayers and school districts Read more

 

Proud to support coal!

(Jun 06, 2019)

Proud to support coal, broadband updates and more! Read more

 

Snyder: Farm Bill package will ensure a strong agriculture future for Pa.

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Supporting Pennsylvania’s farmers and ensuring a strong agriculture future are the primary goals behind a comprehensive package of bills supported by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the PA Farm Bill is the first of its kind in the state’s history and would invest more than $24 million in the state’s agriculture industry, providing opportunities and resources to expand animal agriculture, remove regulatory burdens, implement disaster response resources, and increase marketing opportunities for Pennsylvania-grown products. “It’s no secret that our great state is a leader in agriculture: whether it’s food, dairy or meat, we are among the cream of the crop,” Snyder said. “It’s important that we continue to be proactive in supporting this great industry, but also ensure there are vital supports in place to ensure its strong future.” Snyder is the prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which is included in the PA Farm Bill package, and would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors. Additional bills in the package include the creation of an agriculture business development center to assist farmers, expansion of the PA Preferred program, and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and Read more

 

Expanding broadband- join the discussion!

(May 30, 2019)

Broadband, infrastructure, and more! Read more

 

Snyder announces $1 million grant to improve sewer infrastructure in Greene County

(May 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Improvements and replacements to fix Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system in Greene County will soon be underway, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Community Block Grant Development program, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the state funds will repair deficiencies in the sewer line and the interceptor – the structure that filters contaminants from the water system. Currently, during heavy periods of rain in the region, the system becomes overloaded, raising the possibility of untreated human waste being discharged into the nearby South Fork of Ten Mile Creek. “We realize that many areas of our state are dealing with aging and inadequate infrastructure, and this funding can help our local communities improve water quality and sewage treatment issues,” said Snyder. “These infrastructure repairs are vital to protect public health.” Snyder said the project will replace at least 630 linear feet of sewer pipeline and repair approximately 7,600 linear feet of pipeline along the interceptor. CDBG funds are provided to help specific municipalities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation, and development and planning. Read more

 

Bridge dedication ceremony held to honor Clarksville native and Vietnam veteran

(May 24, 2019)

CLARKSVILLE, GREENE COUNTY, May 24 – A special memorial bridge dedication ceremony was held today to honor Army Pfc. Brent A. McClellan, a native of Clarksville who served with dignity and honor during the Vietnam War, at the site of the newly constructed Clarksville bridge. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was on-hand for the ceremony, which was held at State Route 1011 (Castile Run Road) between Jefferson Township and Clarksville Borough and provided opening remarks prior to the bridge dedication ceremony. “It is an honor to dedicate this bridge in memory of Private First Class Brent McClellan, who served his country with dignity,” Snyder said. “This dedication ceremony is timely, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day. McClellan is a true hero in every sense of the word, giving his life and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As we travel this bridge, let it serve as a reminder of his bravery, dedication and service to all that we hold dear.” McClellan, a 1963 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Greene County, served as an infantryman to the 1 st Platoon, B Company, 1 st Battalion, 5 th Calvary, 1 st Calvary Division. On Feb. 28, 1966, McClellan was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Bihn Dihn Province in South Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Prior to his Read more

 

Remembering a hero

(May 23, 2019)

Honoring a fallen hero, Fish for Free Day, and more! Read more

 

Mental health bill moves forward

(May 16, 2019)

Mental health bill moves forward, coal's bright future, and more! Read more

 

Snyder announces $23,247 in grants to expand breakfast for students in Bethlehem-Center, Carmichaels school districts

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – Bethlehem-Center and Carmichaels school district students will have access to a healthy breakfast, thanks to a grant through the state’s School Breakfast Initiative, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. The Bethlehem-Center School District was awarded $15,000 through the program, with Carmichaels Area School District awarded $8,247. “Breakfast is one the most important meals of the day, especially for students,” Snyder said. “We know that nutrition plays a key role in a child’s development, but also in their academic performance. This funding will allow students to focus less on their empty stomachs and more so on their schoolwork.” The state’s School Breakfast Initiative, which launched two years ago, allows schools to use grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation by implementing or expanding alternative breakfast options, including grab-and-go breakfasts, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method. “The state’s Department of Education notes that only half of students who receive a free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast,” Snyder said. “These grants will enable schools to address food security issues, while at the same time, also help more students in need, either through starting a new breakfast program or improving an existing Read more

 

Broadband news, lobbyist legislation, and more!

(May 09, 2019)

Broadband news, lobbyist legislation, and more! Read more

 

Snyder announces approval of broadband bill in committee

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – A bill that would direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service was approved in committee today, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “I’m pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward, because I strongly believe that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of where they live, should have access to quality, reliable broadband service,” Snyder said. “Today’s action means we’re one step closer to making that a reality.” Snyder’s bill would mandate the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough 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. Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are being considered. House Resolution 63 , which 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, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64 , which would establish a bipartisan, bicameral commission to provide recommendations to deploy broadband services, is being considered in the State Government Committee. House Read more

 

Snyder proposes to require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – In an effort to curtail sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, reintroduced her legislation that would require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training in order to legally register as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania. “Lobbyists are in the Capitol with state officials and state employees who are required to complete this training, so it only makes sense that they too must complete it and be held accountable for their action,” Snyder said, “Lobbyists are not above the law or our compliance standards, so the fact that they are not required to receive harassment and discrimination training truly is a liability and it’s unacceptable.” National movements, such as #MeToo and Time’s Up, have revealed instances of discrimination and sexual misconduct in state governments throughout the country. Snyder said to ensure that Pennsylvania’s Capitol is free from harassing and discriminatory behaviors, policies and procedures must be in place holding people that are in the Capitol responsible for their actions. “As times change, it’s imperative that legislation does as well. Therefore, we need to ensure we have all our bases covered in order to create and maintain a safe work environment and be proactive about mitigating any form of misconduct. It’s especially important because harassment and discrimination cases have Read more

 

Snyder announces nearly $313,000 in local fire department, EMS grants

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG , May 3 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $312,703 in state grants to more than two dozen fire and ambulance companies in the 50 th Legislative District. The grants are made possible by the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, and can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money can also be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or toward repayment of equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. “Our volunteer firefighting and EMS organizations do a tremendous job serving our local communities,” Snyder said. “These funds are instrumental in helping these volunteer organizations meet financial challenges and continue to provide these life-saving and sustaining services to our communities.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Greene County: $184,721 Carmichaels and Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667. Center Township Volunteer Fire Company – $12,007. Clarksville & Community Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $11,512; EMS, $7,155. Greensboro Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Company –$11,512. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company – $12,007. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Service – $7,155. Morris Township Volunteer Fire Department – Read more

 

Snyder announces school safety grant for West Greene School District

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – Approximately $149,000 in state funds to be used for school security planning and technology have been awarded to the West Greene School District in Greene County, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. “I support a proactive approach in ensuring our children are safe in school and these funds will help the district make smart investments in its security, which can include special emergency communications equipment, protective lighting and other forms of technology,” Snyder said. The grants were announced by the state’s School Safety and Security Committee, which is part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Act 44 of 2018 resulted in the creation of this committee, which is responsible for developing the criteria schools use in performing school safety and security assessments. The grants can be used for a wide variety of programs that address school safety, including risk assessment and violence-prevention efforts, classroom management, conflict resolution or dispute management initiatives and to install technology pertaining to school and student safety. More information about the grants can be found at this link: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Coal Queen visits the state Capitol

(May 02, 2019)

This week, I was pleased to welcome Holly Lesko, the 2018 Bituminous Coal Queen, to the state Capitol as my special guest.She and I both share strong support for coal here in Pennsylvania, and she certainly has a very bright future ahead of her! Read more

 

Snyder: State grants to fund improved rail service in Greene, Fayette counties

(Apr 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – State transportation funds totaling nearly $2.1 million will provide improvements to rail freight tracks in Greene and Fayette counties, amounting to much-needed investments in infrastructure, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said Greene Spur LLC will receive $551,691 to rehabilitate and extend two yard tracks in Greene County. The funds will also provide for the construction of a retaining wall and the purchase of unloading equipment. Southern Pennsylvania Railroad in Fayette County will receive $1.5 million to improve 2.6 miles of track at its FM&P Subdivision location. “Our region’s coal industry is robust, and these projects will be a boost to advancing our energy production and also attract new businesses and further economic development,” Snyder said. “These investments in rail freight also help to alleviate truck traffic on our roadways by providing shipping by rail, allowing for expanded business freight opportunities now and in the years to come.” A total of 27 rail freight projects were approved statewide to help create and sustain jobs across the commonwealth. Read more