Warren bill to examine flood mapping, insurance voted from committee

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – A bill to create the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force in Pennsylvania was voted out of committee Monday, announced state Rep. Perry Warren, who introduced the bill. The task force would study the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’s effect on premiums for flood insurance, the latest FEMA flood maps that classify new flood zones and the federal discount program to identify areas and neighborhoods that need additional assistance to keep flood-insurance premiums affordable. “Flood zones shift and can cause someone who didn’t need flood insurance before to now need it. That can cause a significant change in a homeowner’s budget,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “We need to examine these issues closely, and I’m happy to report that we are one step closer to doing so with a bill on the move.” According to the National Flood Insurance Program, Pennsylvania is among the 10 highest states for flood insurance payouts between January 1978 and March 2011, ranking eighth at $773 million. Warren added that almost every legislative district in the state is impacted by the new flood maps and the premium increases. H.B. 378 was voted out of the House Insurance Committee with bipartisan support. It would require that the task force, comprised of nine appointed members from state government, issue a final report within six months of its creation. The task force’s recommendations Read more

 

State Senator Santarsiero and State Representative Warren Call for Passage of Safe Storage Legislation

(Feb 19, 2019)

On the one year anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), State Representative Perry Warren (D-31), and former State Representative Helen Tai joined students and gun safety advocates in front of Council Rock North High School to call for the passage of safe storage firearm legislation. Read more

 

Warren: $100,000 awarded to Bucks County Community College for job-training opportunities

(Feb 14, 2019)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced students of Bucks County Community College will benefit from a $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant to support workforce development opportunities and enhance job training. Read more

 

PennDOT Reminder: Customers Can Join 140,000 Who Pre-Verified for REAL ID

(Feb 13, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding customers that they can join more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians who have pre-verified for REAL ID online and at driver license centers statewide. Read more

 

Warren appointed to three House committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that he has been appointed to serve on three standing committees in the House of Representatives: Transportation, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Insurance. Read more

 

Warren supports funding for computer science and STEM education

(Jan 17, 2019)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced students of Council Rock School District will benefit from added curriculum based upon a $35,000 grant that will bring computer science and STEM education to their schools. Read more

 

Warren: Gun safety efforts since Sandy Hook ‘not enough, but it’s a start’

(Dec 13, 2018)

NEWTOWN, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, released the following statement marking six years since the school shooting massacre in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, took place Dec. 14, 2012. “Friday is the six-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight people died that day, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, six staff members and the shooter and his mother. “Having five children, having lost a child, and living five doors from my kids' elementary school – and at the time serving on borough council in a community named Newtown – this tragedy really hit home with me. We sent condolences to Newtown, Connecticut, and held a memorial service in our own Newtown. “Many people said, ‘never again,’ yet the shootings have continued, and this year, our own state was struck by the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “While last year, on the fifth anniversary of the shootings, I wrote that ‘little has been done to prevent further tragedies,’ in 2018 – in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida – the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on proposed gun safety legislation, and a single gun safety bill was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Wolf. It's not enough, but it's a start. “As we mourn the losses of the children and teachers on Read more

 

Contact me over recent boil water advisory

(Dec 06, 2018)

The Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors at its December 5, 2018 meeting passed a Resolution Resolving that the Township Will Work To Ensure High-Quality And Reliable Water Service in Lower Makefield Township. As set forth in the Resolution, our legislative staff and I will continue to work with Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Boro and the other public officials and entities to ensure high quality and reliable water service. Throughout the five-day boil water advisory period, many customers of Pennsylvania American Water (PAWC) contacted my office with their questions, concerns and requests. Among other requests, I asked that PAWC provide attendants at the water tank stations and deliver water to the Pennsbury School District, both of which it did. I have also inquired about the breadth and effectiveness of the customer notification process. In the near future, I plan to write to PAWC executives summarizing and asking them to address the concerns of our residents and its customers. If you have not done so already, please email me at RepWarren@pahouse.net so that I have a record of your inquiries and comments and I can provide them to PAWC. Further, residents/customers may express their concerns directly to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). For questions or concerns regarding service, you may lodge an informal complaint with the PUC at https://bit.ly/2KSAXw1 . Environmental concerns Read more

 

Warren announces safety grants for local schools

(Oct 31, 2018)

YARDLEY, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Perry Warren today announced the Council Rock, Morrisville and Pennsbury school districts were each awarded $25,000 in school safety grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The funding comes through Act 44, a law adopted over the summer that created a School Safety and Security Committee within PCCD. Districts that submitted a meritorious application were eligible for $25,000 to support activities such as performing school safety assessments, purchasing security-related technology and equipment, supporting safety-related and behavioral health trainings, and more. “I voted to support the creation of this grant program, because keeping our children safe is the most important responsibility we have,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Students and staff deserve to feel safe at school, and I’m pleased that all three of the school districts I represent, Council Rock, Morrisville and Pennsbury, took steps to bring this funding to their schools and enhance their security programs.” Additional competitive grants are expected to be released later this year. More information on the grants can be found on the PCCD website . Read more

 

Newtown Ambulance Squad awarded $112,000 state grant for new ambulance

(Oct 31, 2018)

NEWTOWN, Oct. 31 – The Newtown Ambulance Squad was recently awarded a $112,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to purchase a new ambulance, state Rep. Perry Warren announced. “I worked with Governor Wolf, Newtown Ambulance Squad Chief of Operations Evan Resnikoff, Chairman Phil Calabro and other members of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors to obtain this grant that will benefit the squad’s entire service area,” Warren said. “The Newtown Board of Supervisors increased the squad’s funding in 2018. That funding, coupled with this grant, will enable the squad to provide increased emergency medical services to our residents.” Warren said the state-of-the-art, four-wheel-drive ambulance will enable the squad to respond with advanced lifesaving services. “We are really appreciative of the commonwealth and Representative Warren for assisting us with this grant,” Resnikoff said. The squad serves Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Northampton Township in select sections of Holland, and parts of Upper and Lower Makefield townships. The squad is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighty-nine percent of the nonprofit Newtown Ambulance Squad’s revenue comes from fee-for-services, with the remainder coming from local taxes, donations, and grants. Read more

 

Newtown Ambulance Squad awarded $112,000 state grant for new ambulance

(Oct 31, 2018)

NEWTOWN, Oct. 31 – The Newtown Ambulance Squad was recently awarded a $112,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to purchase a new ambulance, state Rep. Perry Warren announced. “I worked with Governor Wolf, Newtown Ambulance Squad Chief of Operations Evan Resnikoff, Chairman Phil Calabro and other members of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors to obtain this grant that will benefit the squad’s entire service area,” Warren said. “The Newtown Board of Supervisors increased the squad’s funding in 2018. That funding, coupled with this grant, will enable the squad to provide increased emergency medical services to our residents.” Warren said the state-of-the-art, four-wheel-drive ambulance will enable the squad to respond with advanced lifesaving services. “We are really appreciative of the commonwealth and Representative Warren for assisting us with this grant,” Resnikoff said. The squad serves Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Northampton Township in select sections of Holland, and parts of Upper and Lower Makefield townships. The squad is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighty-nine percent of the nonprofit Newtown Ambulance Squad’s revenue comes from fee-for-services, with the remainder coming from local taxes, donations, and grants. Read more

 

Warren: Child witnesses of abuse deserve our protection

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – A bill that would allow judges to order tougher sentences for abusers who commit their crime in front of a child passed the General Assembly today and will head to the governor for his signature, said state Rep. Perry Warren, who voted for the measure today. Senate Bill 1092 was generated from the efforts of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association – including from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office – and Cabrini College’s Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education. Democrat Warren and his Republican colleagues Reps. Frank Farry and Kate Harper jointly introduced the House version of the bill. One study found that half of domestic violence crimes were committed in the presence of at least one child. “When someone commits an act of violence in front of a child, that child is also victimized and the perpetrator should answer to that offense,” Warren said. “I commend all my colleagues in the House for passing this legislation, as this bill was unanimously approved.” “When a child sees a family member hit another loved one, that moment can stay with a child throughout his or her lifetime,” Farry said. “That trauma can sadly manifest itself into other at-risk behavior years down the road. It’s time to put in place tougher penalties that would reduce these instances and better protect children.” There is a devastating impact Read more

 

Warren lauds passage of Donate Life bill in House

(Oct 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Perry Warren today voted in favor of a bill today that would make it easier for patients on donor lists to find organ donations. Senate Bill 180, which would create the Donate Life PA Act, passed the House unanimously and will head to the governor’s office, where it is expected to be signed. The new act will provide for education to increase awareness of organ donation, institute best clinical practices for organ donations and seek to increase the number of organs available for donation. “More than 8,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in Pennsylvania and this bill will help their needs be better met,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Thousands more are in need of tissue transplants and this legislation will help them, as well. “We are a donor family. Our son, Peter, died 20 years ago this month; he was 3 years old. He was an organ donor. It is hard to express how meaningful it was for me and my family that this bill passed with my vote and support in my first term in the House, and at the 20th anniversary of our loss of Peter. “My family is grateful for the compassionate support from Gift of Life when we were first grieving the sudden loss of our son. While we were on the sad side of organ donation then, we are grateful for the additional gift of life that organ donation gives, and I am pleased to be in a position to pass the bill that has been six years in the making." Read more

 

Warren honors local Destination Imagination winners in Capitol

(Oct 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Perry Warren today in the Capitol honored local members of the Destination Imagination group Team et cetera for their showing in competitions held this year. “The students came together and excelled, which reflects on their hard work, teachers and parents who supported them,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “It was an honor bringing these future leaders to the Capitol.” Five Pennsbury students and one Council Rock student joined together to form the Destination Imagination team, which competed in a global competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, in May. Four Pennsbury High School juniors - Nick Franchi, Tommy Kraeck, Leah Stoogenke and Regan Stump - joined Council Rock South sophomore Fran Miller, and Maya Stoogenke from Pennsbury’s William Penn Middle School, to form Team et cetera, coached by Scott Stoogenke. The team chose the Service Learning challenge and created both an eight-minute musical presentation and wrote, illustrated and published a children's book for their project. The book, titled "Maggie's Box," is about a girl who discovers by thinking outside the box, she can do anything, according to the team. At state finals in April, they placed first in their category and won the coveted Renaissance Award for the creativity of their project across all categories and levels. At Globals, they placed 12th out of 70 teams overall in the Service Learning Read more

 

Warren: State awards Pennsbury, Council Rock $40K for safety program

(Oct 04, 2018)

YARDLEY, Oct. 4 – Pennsbury and Council Rock school districts received a $19,969 and a $20,000 Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Targeted Grant, respectively, state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today. The funding will establish programs within each district to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The districts were each one of 60 public school entities across the state to receive funding. “Thanks to these important public investments, our schools can take another step toward assuring their students that they are in safe places to learn and just be students,” Warren said. “Students face many challenges when it comes to safety these days, starting with their very confidence inside the building. They deserve to know they are safe when they come to school, and the programs that this money establishes will help accomplish that. “Thank you to Pennsbury and Council Rock for putting this money to work for students.” Today’s announcement follows the release in late August of the full report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force created by Gov. Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The report includes detailed recommendations on how the state, community and school officials should work collaboratively with each other and with students and families to use all the tools at their disposal to prevent school-based violence from occurring. Read more

 

Warren resolution commemorates 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today recognized the 100 th anniversary of the Spanish Influenza pandemic. House Resolution 1064 , introduced by Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, was unanimously adopted by House lawmakers, commemorating the 100 th anniversary of the Spanish Influenza pandemic that struck the U.S. in 1918. "This resolution serves as a reminder of the critical role public health programs play in modern society, by highlighting disease prevention and minimizing the spread of illness to avoid pandemics and unnecessary loss of life,” Warren said. Between the spring of 1918 and spring of 1919, approximately 500 million people worldwide were affected by the spread of Spanish Influenza. The first case diagnosed in Pennsylvania occurred on Sept. 18, 1918. The pandemic took the lives of over 12,000 people in Philadelphia alone. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more

 

Warren, Policy Committee examine emergency services

(Sep 20, 2018)

YARDLEY, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80. Warren was joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. “Today’s hearing highlights how important state funding for our first responders is and the need to bolster recruitment and support for our volunteers who protect us daily across the commonwealth,” Warren said. “Many fire stations in Pennsylvania rely on some, if not entirely, volunteer firefighters. It is vital to the public’s safety that we help these departments attract, train and retain more volunteers to end our current shortage.” The committee heard testimony from, Dylan Ferguson, director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Evan Resnikoff, president, Newtown Ambulance Squad; Larry Newman, president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Co.; and Glenn Forsyth, fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department. Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first with good Read more

 

Warren announces grants for local sewer upgrades

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced that Lower Makefield Township and the Morrisville Municipal Authority were awarded state grants for sewer upgrades. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grants, through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, on Tuesday. Lower Makefield Township was awarded $408,481 to construct a new pump station in the township, to be constructed at the intersection of Stackhouse Drive and Mahlon Drive. It will replace the Stackhouse Ejector Station, which was susceptible to the inflow and infiltration of ground water and storm water into the sanitary sewer system. The Morrisville Municipal Authority was awarded $180,625 to replace 700 feet of deteriorating water main, as well as two fire hydrants and 20 service lines along Centre Street. It includes other work to create a loop between water mains on Delmorr Avenue and Union Street, which will improve pressure and water quality in the area. “It’s important to residents and other community members that we keep our infrastructure in good working order,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “I was happy to help secure funding for these projects and see the state recognize the importance of this work.” “It’s not easy to get CFA approval for projects. You’ve got to pay attention to many small details and make sure an application is justifiable and complete,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “Perry Read more

 

Warren to host Policy Committee hearing on emergency services Thursday in Yardley

(Sep 17, 2018)

YARDLEY, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80, 652 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Warren requested the hearing to highlight the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. Warren will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including State Rep. Chris Sainato, Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Dylan Ferguson Director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Pennsylvania Department of Health 10:40 p.m. Panel of Local Emergency Responders: Evan Resnikoff , president, Newtown Ambulance Squad Larry Newman , president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Glenn Forsyth , fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on people first and working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Visit plan4pa.com for additional information about the Democrats’ plan and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more

 

Warren honors Heather DiPrato of Yardley in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony

(Sep 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Heather DiPrato of Yardley during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman. A Bucks County native, DiPrato is the co-founder and publisher of Yardley Living and Newtown Neighbors. Prior to launching those publications, she rose from an entry-level position to become a senior vice president in a 25-year marketing career. DiPrato graduated from Neshaminy High School and attended Bucks County Community College. According to the Center for American Progress, only 25 percent of executive and senior level officials and managers are women. Business ownership is a growing sector. There are nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and more than 2 million businesses have been opened by women in the last 10 years. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and now represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses. “A champion for her community, Heather is at the heart of so much success for our local businesses,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Her work embodies what makes women leaders so valuable: energy, strength and the ability to connect with people over what’s most important to them and their businesses." DiPrato also serves as president of the Yardley Business Association, helping local businesses create effective campaigns to increase Read more

 

Warren bill to examine flood mapping, insurance voted from committee
Mar 19, 2019

State Senator Santarsiero and State Representative Warren Call for Passage of Safe Storage Legislation
Feb 19, 2019

Warren: $100,000 awarded to Bucks County Community College for job-training opportunities
Feb 14, 2019

PennDOT Reminder: Customers Can Join 140,000 Who Pre-Verified for REAL ID
Feb 13, 2019

Warren appointed to three House committees
Jan 28, 2019

Warren supports funding for computer science and STEM education
Jan 17, 2019

Warren: Gun safety efforts since Sandy Hook ‘not enough, but it’s a start’
Dec 13, 2018

Contact me over recent boil water advisory
Dec 06, 2018

Warren announces safety grants for local schools
Oct 31, 2018

Newtown Ambulance Squad awarded $112,000 state grant for new ambulance
Oct 31, 2018

Newtown Ambulance Squad awarded $112,000 state grant for new ambulance
Oct 31, 2018

Warren: Child witnesses of abuse deserve our protection
Oct 17, 2018

Warren lauds passage of Donate Life bill in House
Oct 10, 2018

Warren honors local Destination Imagination winners in Capitol
Oct 10, 2018

Warren: State awards Pennsbury, Council Rock $40K for safety program
Oct 04, 2018

Warren resolution commemorates 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic
Sep 26, 2018

Warren, Policy Committee examine emergency services
Sep 20, 2018

Warren announces grants for local sewer upgrades
Sep 18, 2018

Warren to host Policy Committee hearing on emergency services Thursday in Yardley
Sep 17, 2018

Warren honors Heather DiPrato of Yardley in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony
Sep 12, 2018