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Snyder urges unhappy customers to review Pa.’s Broadband Bill of Rights

(Apr 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – Providing a tool to those dissatisfied with their internet service, state Rep. Pam Snyder has posted the Pennsylvania Broadband Bill of Rights on her state website, along with the form needed to file an official complaint with the state Public Utility Commission. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she’s providing the documents – available in the “Featured News” section at www.pahouse.com/Snyder -- because many residents aren’t aware of their rights to quality broadband or the method of lodging a complaint against their service provider. “Few people know that under state law, they have the right to request and receive quality broadband from their local telephone company – and even fewer know that they can file an official complaint if that service is inadequate,” Snyder said. “These documents explain everything, including the state’s broadband upload and download speed requirements, and I’m making them available on my website as a public service.” Section 8 of the Broadband Bill of Rights, as posted on Snyder’s website, includes the PUC contacts ( www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/filing_complaints.aspx ) that can be used to file informal complaints and inquiries, as well as formal complaints. Section 9 includes contacts for filing additional complaints to either the Office of Consumer Advocate ( www.oca.state.pa.us ) or the Office of Small Business Advocate Read more

 

Snyder to host inaugural Kids Fest event April 28

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – In a revival of the popular Child Fest format that ended a few years ago, state Rep. Pam Snyder will host her inaugural Kids Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. “Everyone loved the community’s Child Fest, so we’re bringing it back as a fun Saturday afternoon with games, activities and plenty of information for parents and guardians – plus a free lunch for everyone who attends,” Snyder said. “We’ll also offer useful tips and instruction on child safety, for youngsters and adults, so there’s a serious element as well.” For example, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the entire Greene County Human Services team will be on hand to provide information on all areas it covers, including counseling and food assistance. Snyder and her staff also will be available to help with state government-related programs, services and problems. Snyder will personally host a 1 p.m. Reading Corner where each child gets a free book before they leave. Blending their expertise with fun activities, Greene County Children and Youth Services will host a duck pond game, while the county’s Department of Recreation will provide costumed children’s characters. Snyder said other offerings include: Kittens and family-friendly dogs for adoption through the Greene County Humane Society. IPads for STEM and OSMO demonstrations, provided by Read more

 

PUC customer formal complaint form

(Apr 20, 2018)

Here is the formal complaint form that customers can use to notify the Public Utility Commission of their problems with broadband or telephone service. Read more

 

Broadband Bill of Rights

(Apr 20, 2018)

Here is the Broadband Bill of Rights, as presented by the PA Public Utility Commission. You have a right to this service -- and can file an official complaint if you're unsatisfied. Read more

 

Snyder welcomes Pa. Farm Bureau to fight for expanded broadband

(Apr 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and her partner in the push for expanded rural broadband, state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, welcomed the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to that fight at a Capitol news conference Tuesday. “Representative Phillips-Hill and I welcome the added heft of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which is 62,000 farm member families strong, in our bipartisan effort to bring modern internet to all Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “Like us, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau supports the effort to improve and expand broadband access to underserved and unserved rural areas, which is critical to those residents’ ability to compete educationally and economically in the current information age.” Snyder said the goal is bringing modern, high-speed internet to the 800,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack it – including 520,000 who live in rural areas. PFB President Rick Ebert, a full-time dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, spoke on behalf of the expanded internet effort mounted by Snyder and Phillips-Hill. “Rural Pennsylvanians, including farmers and other business owners, are falling further behind those who live in more urban and suburban areas of the commonwealth,” Ebert said. “Many of our farm families can’t take advantage of online banking, tax software and other technology that would greatly benefit their businesses, simply because they lack adequate Read more

 

Snyder: Nemacolin blight, rehabilitation gets boost from $525,000 grant

(Apr 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – About 35 homes in the coal patch of Nemacolin will be demolished or rehabilitated through a $525,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the Nemacolin Blight Remediation and Rehabilitation Project, led by the Greene County Redevelopment Authority, will use the state funds to acquire and either fix up and sell or demolish blighted structures. The project will also offer zero percent loans to homeowners for major systems repairs, replacements and energy efficiency upgrades, Snyder added. “Those of us who’ve had the situation in Nemacolin on our radar are ecstatic about this news, which represents a major opportunity to help remove hazards and turn things around in that community,” Snyder said. “I’m especially pleased that existing homeowners will be able to get some help to improve their properties.” Snyder said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency selected the Nemacolin project for funding through its Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement monies that come from Marcellus Shale impact fees. Separately, Snyder said the same agency awarded $195,500 in PHARE/Marcellus Shale funds for the Greene County Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization Program. That money will go for leasing an apartment for two years to act as emergency shelter, to hire a case worker who will coordinate services for residents of Parkview Knoll Read more

 

Snyder: Component of rural broadband package clears House committee

(Apr 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – A component of the effort by state Rep. Pam Snyder and her partner in pushing for expansion of rural broadband, state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, was approved today by the House Education Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.R. 431, which calls for an audit of the state’s Education Technology Fund, has now cleared a critical hurdle on its path to a House vote. “Our resolution calls for this fund, which is administered by the Education Department, to be audited by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s office,” Snyder said. “The E-Fund, as it is known, is a six-year education technology program financed by non-rural telecommunications carriers. We want to make sure it’s operating as intended.” Upon completion of the audit, the resolution put forth by Snyder and Phillips-Hill also calls for DePasquale to share his findings with the General Assembly. Snyder and Phillips-Hill, R-York, who have led the House effort to bring high-speed internet to unserved and underserved rural areas, have introduced a four-bill package to accomplish that goal. The other parts are: H.R. 429, which establishes a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services in unserved and underserved areas; H.R. 430, which directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an in-depth investigation and audit into the Read more

 

Snyder to propose that lobbyists complete ethics, discrimination training

(Apr 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – As part of a package of reforms aimed at reducing workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, state Rep. Pam Snyder will introduce legislation to require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training and hold them accountable for violations. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, wants to update the Lobbyist Disclosure Act to include those provisions, making them a condition of registering as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania. “The state Capitol must be free of sexual harassment and discrimination for employees and the public,” Snyder said. “Times are changing – thankfully – and with that shift, we need to make sure all of our applicable laws change at the same pace.” Snyder said that since lobbyists are tightly woven into the daily fabric of the Capitol and state government, they and their behavior should not remain immune from training requirements and potential liabilities. “Lobbyists should be held to the same standards as the public officials and employees they seek to influence,” Snyder said. Snyder’s forthcoming legislation is one piece of a comprehensive package of bills on workplace discrimination and sexual harassment being put forth by House and Senate Democrats. Read more

 

Kids Fest on Saturday, April 28

(Apr 04, 2018)

Come out and enjoy games, activities, child safety tips, and information for parents and guardians at my April 28 Kids Fest – plus a free lunch for all who attend! Read more

 

3/27/18 – School Safety – Brownsville

(Mar 29, 2018)

Materials from roundtable discussion hosted by State Rep. Pam Snyder. Read more

 

Snyder’s school safety push includes visit to Beth-Center Middle School

(Mar 29, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – As part of her multi-pronged effort to enhance school safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder this week visited Beth-Center Middle School to get a firsthand view at a new program designed to reward students for good behavior. Snyder said the innovative Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program encourages students to be “respectful, responsible and ready,” by letting each teacher select one student per day to choose from a menu of reward options. “They get to go to the principal’s office to select a prize – such as candy, chips or a drink, or a certificate to skip an assignment or use the newly created student lounge,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “It’s important to note that this program was developed by the school’s teachers, and their enthusiasm for it was palpable during my visit.” Snyder said the student lounge, which was unveiled last week, also doubles as a place where teachers can take their entire class for sessions away from the traditional classroom. Snyder’s school safety efforts include a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on that topic Tuesday at the Brownsville Elementary School. Snyder is also the prime sponsor of H.B. 381 , which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the state Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a Read more

 

Snyder hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety Tuesday in Brownsville

(Mar 27, 2018)

BROWNSVILLE, March 27 – In efforts to discuss ways to improve school safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable on the issue. Snyder requested this meeting to have a policy discussion on school safety with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, local school officials, and local law enforcement. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other Pennsylvania House lawmakers from across the state joined the discussion. Snyder also gave a briefing on her H.B. 381 , which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the Pa. Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s right to mental health treatment. “Today’s Policy Committee roundtable is a great follow up to a Mental Health and School Safety news conference I participated in two weeks ago in Harrisburg,” Snyder said. “It provides an opportunity to bring the conversation home and focus on making sure people get the proper treatment for mental illness without attaching stigma.” Sturla added, “As we look to improve safety for students in all education institutions from elementary to college, I think a natural part of that discussion should include the mental health component. Thank you to Representative Snyder for being willing to stand up for this issue and not shying away from such a Read more

 

Snyder to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety Tuesday in Brownsville

(Mar 26, 2018)

BROWNSVILLE, March 26 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable on school safety. The roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Brownsville Elementary School, 1 Falcon Drive, Brownsville. Snyder requested this meeting to have a policy discussion on school safety with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, local school officials, and local law enforcement. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other Pa. House lawmakers from across the state, will join the discussion. House Democrats’ Plan4PA aims to protect communities and provide quality schools. Snyder will also give a briefing on her H.B. 381 , which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the Pa. Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s right to mental health treatment. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Discussion with Panelists: Carol Kuntz , director of Safe Schools Office, Pa. Department of Education Dr. Keith Harbauer , superintendent, Brownsville Area School District Michael Timko , director of security, Brownsville Area School District John Menhart , superintendent, Carmichaels Area School District Brian Tanner , mayor, Waynesburg Borough Rob Toth , chief of police, Waynesburg Read more

 

Progress on rural high-speed internet; School Safety roundtable coming to Brownsville; Free Veterans Breakfast on March 29

(Mar 22, 2018)

Learn more about progress in my fight for rural broadband, my upcoming roundtable on School Safety and my free March 29 Veterans Breakfast. Read more

 

Snyder to host free veterans’ breakfast on March 29

(Mar 20, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, March 20 – In observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day, state Rep. Pam Snyder will host a free breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Carmichaels American Legion Post 400, 205 E. George St., Carmichaels. While noting that all veterans and their families are invited, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that given the timing of the event, a special emphasis is being made to include those who served in the Vietnam era. “We feel that this is a way to show appreciation to all of those who’ve defended our nation, and the families that have supported them,” Snyder said. “But since our breakfast is being held on Vietnam War Veterans Day, we want to make an extra effort to include as many of them as possible.” Snyder said the meal will be prepared by the post’s Ladies Auxiliary. Snyder and her staff will be on hand to deal with state-related issues, and the Greene County Veterans Affairs Office will send a representative to answer Veterans Administration-related questions. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP at (724) 966-8953. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Snyder on hand as governor makes commitment to expanding high-speed internet in underserved areas

(Mar 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – As a leader of the bipartisan, two-year fight to secure high-speed internet for rural areas, state Rep. Pam Snyder welcomed today’s commitment by Gov. Tom Wolf to address the service deficiency through creation of a new state office and financial incentive program. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, who has worked closely with state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, a Republican from York County, to bring broadband access to the 800,000 Pennsylvanians who lack it, was on hand as the governor unveiled his initiatives. “I’m glad to see the governor recognize the importance of this issue, which I have been diligently fighting for on behalf of rural Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “I’ve been committed to making sure rural areas aren’t left behind or stranded on the technology highway. “Moves like this mean that students, employees and businesses in rural districts -- in fact, all of our citizens – can be competitive in the ever-evolving information age. Any effort that moves this needle in the right direction is a victory for those of us who’ve tackled this issue with passion.” Wolf’s announcement was two-fold: Creation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, which is responsible for developing and executing a statewide strategy to expand access to every Pennsylvanian by 2022; and formation of the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program, which will Read more

 

Mental health and school safety; Opt-in NOW to keep getting my emails

(Mar 15, 2018)

My bill, H.B. 381, would clarify a minor's right to mental health treatment. Read more

 

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 urges unhappy customers to review Pa.’s Broadband Bill of Rights
Apr 25, 2018

Snyder to host inaugural Kids Fest event April 28
Apr 20, 2018

PUC customer formal complaint form
Apr 20, 2018

Broadband Bill of Rights
Apr 20, 2018

Snyder welcomes Pa. Farm Bureau to fight for expanded broadband
Apr 17, 2018

Snyder: Nemacolin blight, rehabilitation gets boost from $525,000 grant
Apr 13, 2018

Snyder: Component of rural broadband package clears House committee
Apr 09, 2018

Snyder to propose that lobbyists complete ethics, discrimination training
Apr 05, 2018

Kids Fest on Saturday, April 28
Apr 04, 2018

3/27/18 – School Safety – Brownsville
Mar 29, 2018

Snyder’s school safety push includes visit to Beth-Center Middle School
Mar 29, 2018

Snyder hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety Tuesday in Brownsville
Mar 27, 2018

Snyder to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety Tuesday in Brownsville
Mar 26, 2018

Progress on rural high-speed internet; School Safety roundtable coming to Brownsville; Free Veterans Breakfast on March 29
Mar 22, 2018

Snyder to host free veterans’ breakfast on March 29
Mar 20, 2018

Snyder on hand as governor makes commitment to expanding high-speed internet in underserved areas
Mar 19, 2018

Mental health and school safety; Opt-in NOW to keep getting my emails
Mar 15, 2018

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