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Snyder: Extremely disappointed in decision by Wolf administration to keep Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in yellow designation

(May 22, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 22 – Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those state Rep. Pam Snyder said should have been included in today’s reopening announcement. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she will continue to push to move the counties to the green reopening designation. “Our communities have done their part and have helped flatten the curve and are practicing safe behaviors, and that includes my district offices,” Snyder said. “While the governor said the state has closely monitored yellow counties for outbreaks, we have had zero outbreaks. This doesn’t make sense. Once again, my residents deserve answers as to why we weren’t included in the counties that have moved to the green designation. Rest assured, I will continue to urge the governor to reconsider today’s decision in southwestern Pennsylvania and move our counties to green.” Earlier this month, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties were among those whose restrictions were lifted from “red” to “yellow” status. Read more

Snyder announces grant to assist Greater Washington County Food Bank

(May 21, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 21 – The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been awarded a $22,837 state grant to assist them with equipment costs related to the preparation, transportation and storage of food, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant can be used to purchase refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks or dollies for the food bank. “Our food banks do so much to help our residents in need, including during this current pandemic, and this grant will help them ensure they can properly prepare, store and transport food to ensure nothing goes to waste,” said Snyder. More information on the grant program can be found at this link: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx Read more

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington among counties to begin reopening process

(May 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 8 – Today state Rep. Pam Snyder announced that Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those allowed to segue from a red to a yellow reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. “I’m pleased the governor listened to my concerns about not being included in last week’s announcement and took a close look at our region. With today’s announcement, this means that many businesses which were previously closed or whose operations were significantly limited will now be able to reopen, provided they follow the health and social distancing guidelines,” Snyder said. “The last thing we want to do is to go back to red, so it’s vital that each one of us follows the necessary precautions to protect each other as we continue to move forward toward the green designation.” Counties in the yellow designation must follow these restrictions: Work-related restrictions: • Telework must continue where allowed and feasible. • Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders. • Childcare facilities open must comply with state guidelines. • Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place. • Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction. Social restrictions • Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation. • Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. • Read more

Snyder supports bill to expand COVID-19 testing

(May 05, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 5 – In a concerted effort to help Pennsylvania move forward in reopening its economy and to ensure public safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder has voted in favor of a measure to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2455 would call for the state to develop a comprehensive testing plan. The bill would also fund research, development and manufacturing of COVID-19 testing equipment and supplies, contact tracing and other measures. In addition, she said the measure would require health care and other essential workers to be given testing priority once the plan is activated. “Such a plan is vital to our collective efforts to reopen our entire state and work together to continue to halt the spread of this devastating virus,” Snyder said. “Medical experts agree that the only way we can truly stop this virus is with a robust, wide-ranging testing program to protect every Pennsylvanian, including our health care and essential workers.” The bill now moves to the Senate for further action. Read more

Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies

(Apr 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – A bill that includes immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies passed unanimously in the House, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder said her amendment, which originated from her bill introduced last month and included in House Bill 2413 , would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund. “Every single day – especially during this current time – our brave men and women across our state are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and assist people in need,” Snyder said. “Because of the pandemic, they’re not able to conduct their normal fundraising activities to stay active, and this grant program will help them continue to answer the call. I am extremely grateful for my colleagues’ support in making this happen.” The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way

(Apr 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – Expansion of reliable broadband access is closer to reality, thanks to state support and the establishment of a partnership between a West Virginia internet provider and nonprofit group, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $200,000 in state funds, awarded to the Greene County Industrial Development Corp. by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will allow West Virginia-based ClearFiber to begin construction to expand broadband access through all of Greene and Washington counties, including part of Fayette County, providing service to over 2,000 homes. The partnership also includes KINBER – a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high speed internet services –which will work with ClearFiber to bring new fiber infrastructure to the area through its partnership with Waynesburg University. "This announcement has been years in the making, and with the current pandemic, it's shown that affordable, broadband access is a vital necessity for our hospitals, our businesses and our schools," Snyder said. "This public/private partnership will place 65 miles of high-speed fiber optic technology throughout our district, bringing much-needed service to residents who either had no access at all or had unreliable broadband access. This is just the beginning, as ClearFiber anticipates expanding its Read more

Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants

(Mar 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today officially introduced a measure to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder said House Bill 2374 would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, which has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016, she added. “Every day, our brave men and women are putting their lives on the line to help us stay safe and assist those in need, especially now during these uncertain times with the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Snyder said. “They aren’t able to conduct their normal fundraising activities, and that’s why this grant program is so vital to help them stay afloat and answer the call.” Snyder added her bill has more than 30 co-sponsors and she anticipates the House will move quickly to consider it. For statewide and regional resources and information on COVID-19, residents can visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 . Read more

Snyder plans to introduce bill to create one-time crisis grant program to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Mar 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – Recognizing their need for support during the current COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Pam Snyder today announced upcoming legislation to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, said her bill would establish the creation of a one-time grant program, approved by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, that would provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, a fund Snyder said has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016. “These men and women put their lives on the line each and every day, especially now with the coronavirus pandemic affecting our state,” Snyder said. “At the same time, these same companies are unable to conduct regular fundraising efforts to stay active. My bill would provide this one-time vital assistance to help these first responders keep answering the call for help.” For more information, including resources and additional information on state and regional COVID-19 resources, please visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 Read more

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – Calling it the only viable decision that could be made, state Rep. Pam Snyder said putting a halt on visitations in state prisons until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, was the right thing to do. Snyder, whose district includes two state correctional facilities, said such a move will protect corrections officers, staff members and prisoners from possibly contracting the virus from friends and family, who often travel long distances to visit, and will also help curb the virus’s spread statewide. “I am pleased that the Department of Corrections took my concerns, as well as those from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association seriously,” said Snyder. “These hardworking men and women already put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. These are responsible, proactive steps to ensure staff can go home each day without having to fear spreading this virus to their friends and loved ones.” Snyder added that information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

Davis, Snyder sex-offender bill aims to keep children safe near schools

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Tina Davis and Pam Snyder this week introduced H.B. 1882 , which would restrict convicted sex offenders from living near schools. Under the bill, a sex offender registered under Megan’s Law would not be allowed to live within 2,500 feet of a public, private or parochial school, pre-school or child-care facility in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police report that there are 21,685 registered sex offenders living in the commonwealth, convicted of offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to rape. “Right now, there are no laws preventing offenders from moving in right next door to the school attended by your child, grandchild, niece or nephew,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Our legislation aims to address this problem and keep kids safe at school and on their way to and from school.” “We must do all we can to protect our most vulnerable citizens from those with a proven record of predatory – and in some cases violent – behavior,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Our legislation simply mandates a buffer zone between an offender and a school or child-care facility to keep children safe. “It’s past time Pennsylvania had a law like this on its books.” Read more