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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

 

Rep. Snyder appointed to four key committees in state House

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG , Jan. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has been named to four key committees in the state House of Representatives for the 2019-20 legislative session. “These committee appointments allow me to advocate on a variety of issues that are vital to Greene, Fayette and Washington counties,” said Snyder, who was reappointed to the Consumer Affairs, Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor and Industry, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees. I’m eager to begin working with my colleagues in the House to weigh in on policies that have a direct impact on the quality of life for residents of my district.” Snyder said her continued work on the Consumer Affairs Committee falls in line with her efforts to empower consumers and provides an opportunity to push for internet updates in underserved, rural areas of the state. “Highly profitable corporations should not be jeopardizing progress and economic opportunities by stymieing growth.” Snyder said. “Equal access to the internet, regardless of location or income, must be provided if rural Pennsylvania is to remain competitive, offer every student the best education, access modern day healthcare options, sustain our farmlands, and create the jobs of tomorrow.” Snyder said her appointment to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee allows her to have an impact on the region’s natural gas and coal resources. Read more

 

Medicare and heating help

(Jan 24, 2019)

pply now for home heating assistance!With the weather turning colder, I wanted to let you know that eligible households can now apply to the state Department of Human Services for heating assistance. The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, can help eligible families pay heating bills, repair or replace furnaces, or have their heat turned back on after service termination. Read more

 

Snyder announces $140,000 to support computer science, STEM education

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced three school districts and an intermediate unit are the recipients of PAsmart targeted grants. The following school districts – for the corresponding schools – each received $35,000 in funding for programs under the PAsmart initiative : Central Greene School District: Waynesburg Central Elementary School Jefferson-Morgan School District: Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School West Greene School District: West Greene Elementary Center, West Greene Junior Senior High School. Intermediate Unit 1, which includes campuses at Colonial and Waynesburg, also received $35,000 in funding under the program. “This investment will help prepare our children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an ever-changing world,” Snyder said. “As technology advances, we will continue to need a well-trained workforce to meet the demands of businesses. Today’s announcement represents a true investment in our future workforce.” Targeted to schools with limited or no computer science offerings for students, the grants are designed to help school districts implement computer science programs into their curriculum. Funding can be used for a variety of reasons, including staff training, certification exam reimbursements as well as eligible hardware and products purchases for products to implement computer science teachings in Read more

 

Snyder named chairperson of Southwest Delegation

(Jan 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – Continuing her ascension into key positions, state Rep. Pam Snyder was today unanimously elected chairperson of the Southwest Delegation of the House Democratic Caucus. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Snyder being named a House Democratic deputy whip, whose duties revolve around ensuring members are present for votes and in tallying support prior to a vote. As she tackles her fourth term, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will also now be tasked with devising strategy and promoting ideas on a regional basis – a platform and challenge she said she embraces with great gusto. “Being elected by my surrounding peers to lead the charge on issues of collective importance is a responsibility I do not take lightly,” Snyder said. “I intend to help set and guide our agenda, with a keen focus on what benefits all of us and the people we represent.” First and foremost for Snyder is an expanded push to bring reliable broadband internet into rural areas, a signature effort she’s led in recent years with palpable successes, including a role as co-founder of the legislature’s Broadband Caucus and the governor’s formation of a state Office of Broadband Initiatives. “As I assume leadership of the Southwest Delegation, I’ll be keeping expanded broadband front and center in our discussions, along with other important issues,” Snyder said. “Job creation and Read more

 

Snyder: $227,050 investment coming to district

(Jan 11, 2019)

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced her district has received federal funds to help connect local businesses and students, providing them with job training opportunities and related resources for in-demand technical careers locally and across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

More than $200,000 coming to our district

(Jan 11, 2019)

More than $200,000 coming to our districtI’m happy to announce that our district has received federal funds to help connect local businesses and students, providing them with job training opportunities and related resources for in-demand technical careers here locally and across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

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

Rep. Snyder appointed to four key committees in state House
Jan 28, 2019

Medicare and heating help
Jan 24, 2019

Snyder announces $140,000 to support computer science, STEM education
Jan 17, 2019

Snyder named chairperson of Southwest Delegation
Jan 15, 2019

Snyder: $227,050 investment coming to district
Jan 11, 2019

More than $200,000 coming to our district
Jan 11, 2019