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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

 

Electronics collections to be offered May 1

(Apr 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said the Greene County commissioners and her office are offering an electronics collection event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. “Over the past three years, we have been able to collect thousands of car loads of electronic devices from residents in Greene County at these events,” Snyder said. “These collections ensure harmful chemicals aren’t released into the environment through improper disposal, and they help our overall recycling efforts in the community.” Snyder said only one television per vehicle can be accepted, and some waste-handling fees will apply for items containing Freon and for fluorescent tubes. Electronic items that will be accepted include computers – including laptops, printers and monitors – stereos, cameras, video cassette recorders, telephones, electronic cables, games and calculators. Items that will not be accepted include sweepers, hair dryers, curling irons, sewing machines, compact discs, alkaline batteries, small kitchen appliances, smoke detectors, thermostats, manuals, paper and Styrofoam. An additional electronic collections event is scheduled for Sept. 25 (same time and location). Greene County residents with questions may call Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953. Read more

 

Coal caucus, broadband and more!

(Apr 24, 2019)

Rep. Snyder named co-chair of Legislative Coal Caucus On Tuesday, I was honored to have been named co-chair of the Legislative Coal Caucus, which is a bipartisan, bicameral caucus that is focused on supporting and enhancing our state’s coal mining industry.I will do my part to ensure my colleagues in the House and Senate understand the vital roles the coal industry plays in our great state, including its significant economic impacts to our communities and our businesses. Read more

 

Snyder named co-chair of Legislative Coal Caucus

(Apr 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 23 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has been named co-chair of the Legislative Coal Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral caucus focused on supporting and enhancing Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry. “Coal has – and remains – a vital part of my district, and I am honored to have been named to serve on this caucus,” Snyder said. “With the 50 th District home to the Bailey Mine Complex, considered one of the largest coal mines in North America, I am honored to play a role in helping my colleagues understand the significant role this industry plays in our state, including its significant economic impacts to our communities and our businesses.” Pennsylvania is considered the third largest coal producing state in the country, with over 48 million tons produced in 2018 and accounted for 20% of the power generated in Pennsylvania that same year. Snyder will join fellow state Rep. Carl Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset, and state Sens. John Yudichak, D-Carbon/Luzerne/Monroe, and Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/ Susquehanna/Union, in serving on the caucus. Read more

 

5G broadband internet service, Kids Fest recap and more!

(Apr 17, 2019)

The push for 5G broadband internet access This week, I received word from D.C. that an effort is underway to roll out 5G broadband internet service across America, and it includes improving internet access for underserved and unserved areas of the country, including Southwestern Pa.I remain committed to reliable, affordable internet access. If you can’t adequately connect, you can’t work, you can’t utilize telemedicine, and you aren’t able to take advantage of online education opportunities. Read more

 

Protecting our most vulnerable citizens and more!

(Apr 11, 2019)

Bipartisan effort to delay state plan that could adversely affect our most vulnerable residents This week, I joined several of my colleagues in the House and Senate, urging the state to delay a plan that would mandate shared ride services for Medical Assistance recipients go through a regional or statewide vendor, instead of locally based or county services. Read more

 

Snyder: State must delay planned changes that would adversely affect Medical Assistance recipients, seniors

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Rep. Pam Snyder was among several legislators who are urging the state to delay a plan that would mandate shared ride services for Medical Assistance recipients go through statewide or regional vendors instead of county or locally based services. Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, was joined by House and Senate Democratic and Republican members today to provide details of their legislation. House Bill 986 and S.B. 390 would request the state Department of Human Services to suspend the plan until a thorough review is conducted by the Joint State Government Commission to study the impacts it could have on each county. “While we all want to save money, I’m not convinced this plan will do that,” Snyder said. “We do need to press the pause button. We need to see how this is truly going to impact people in Pennsylvania. It can’t be a cookie-cutter approach. What may work in Philly or Pittsburgh won’t necessarily work in Waynesburg or Uniontown or Washington.” Last year, the state Human Services Code included this transportation requirement as a way to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, modeling it after similar efforts in other states. “From 2011 to 2015, the Texas nonmedical emergency medical transportation program saw its costs quadruple, its complaints triple, and ridership decline by 50 percent,” said Richard Farr, executive director of the Read more

 

Snyder receives award for her work in expanding Pa.’s access to reliable broadband service

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – In recognition for her work to connect all Pennsylvanians to modern broadband service, state Rep. Pam Snyder was honored with a broadband champion award from KINBER, a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high-speed internet service. The award was recently presented to Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, during KINBERCON 2019, a three-day conference that brought together Pennsylvania’s leaders in a variety of fields to share ideas and success stories about using next-generation networks and technology. “I was extremely humbled and honored to receive this award,” Snyder said. “Working together – with KINBER, my colleagues in the state House and Senate, and with partners in agriculture, education, and other sectors throughout Pennsylvania – we can effectively close the gap that exists between our residents who have reliable internet access and those who do not. It is critical for our continued economic growth and development and to successfully navigate our modern world.” “Pam Snyder is working hard to connect Pennsylvania with this needed commodity – broadband,” said Wendy Huntoon, CEO and president of KINBER. “Her leadership and focus on this issue made it easy for us to select her for the first broadband champion award.” In February, Snyder introduced three measures to address the lack of broadband access in unserved and underserved areas Read more

 

Autism awareness month and more!

(Apr 03, 2019)

World Autism Month April is World Autism Month, a month designated toward increasing the understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Read more

 

Affordable education matters and more!

(Mar 28, 2019)

Affordable Education Matters I am a strong advocate for public education.We need to have an educated workforce here in Pennsylvania, ensuring we are equipping them with the vital skills that employers are demanding. That includes training for a variety of technical careers, both during and after high school. At the same time, we need to make sure this training is also affordable. Read more

 

Snyder: Upwards of $500,000 awarded to 50th Legislative District for road, pedestrian projects

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Nearly $540,000 in state funding awarded today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority will go toward a slew of road improvement projects in Greene County, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving these grants,” Snyder said. “Road improvement is much-needed in our district, especially following the 2016 landslide in Washington Township, which has been a burden for many who travel Long Mile Road. These grants will alleviate this headache and provide better access to people traveling through Greene County.” Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $198,499 was awarded to Washington Township for a road improvement project along Long Mile Road to repair and improve the damage done by the 2016 landslide. Originally a two-lane road, approximately 100 yards – where the landslide occurred – of Long Mile Road is only wide enough for one vehicle. The proposed improvements will rectify this problem, removing the slide material from the roadway; filling toe keys and drains; installing subsurface drains and a collection pipe; installing compact keys; stabilizing the slope face; and more. An additional $90,000 was awarded to Waynesburg Borough to repair a 100-foot section of the southbound lane of Liberty Avenue. Snyder said the combined roadway acts as a multi-municipal connector carrying cars, school buses, trucks, bicyclists and walkers between two Read more

 

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