Warren reaffirms support for gun safety legislation following Las Vegas shooting

(Oct 04, 2017)

YARDLEY, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, released the following statement on gun safety legislation in light of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. “Long before the mass murder in Las Vegas, I fully supported meaningful gun safety legislation in Pennsylvania (and nationally). I write today to share some of my legislative initiatives that respect the Second Amendment while promoting sensible gun safety. “I am a vice-chair of the House PA SAFE Caucus and am the sponsor of House Bill 528 , the ‘no fly, no buy’ bill, which would ban gun sales to suspected terrorists on the ‘no-fly’ list. “Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 1400 , the universal background check bill. That bill was first introduced several years ago by former Rep. Santarsiero. This year a bipartisan and geographically diverse group consisting of a Republican representative, a former Pittsburgh chief of police and the chair of the PA SAFE Caucus joined together as the prime sponsors of the reintroduced bill. Their sponsorship of the bill increased its exposure and its likelihood of moving forward, and I became the first co-sponsor.” “In addition, I have supported other gun safety bills, including gun violence restraining order legislation and legislation proposing background checks on individuals attempting to purchase ammunition, even when the purchase of a firearm is not involved. “Further, I voted and argued Read more


Warren recognizes Morrisville Little League softball team

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, recognized the Morrisville Little League 12-and-under softball team in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday for the team’s state championship win. Morrisville clinched the state title July 16 in a 15-0 win over Clearfield. The Morrisville team, led by coach Joe Sesar, previously won the District 21 and Section 8 titles and went on to make it to the final four of the Eastern Regional Tournament. Warren and Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, congratulated the team on the floor of the House on Tuesday. “Our community is very proud of these talented athletes, and I’m grateful to their coaches and families for supporting them throughout their outstanding season,” Warren said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to congratulate them on a job well done.” Read more


Warren presents petition to reduce truck traffic to PennDOT

(Sep 13, 2017)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, on Tuesday submitted a letter and a petition with over 1,100 resident signatures to PennDOT requesting weight restrictions for trucks traveling on SR-2071 (Main Street/Taylorsville Road/Yardley-Morrisville Road/Pine Grove Road) and SR-31 (River Road/Delaware Avenue) in Yardley and Lower Makefield. Warren personally delivered the package to the office of Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards. “As the state representative for the 31 st Legislative District, it is my responsibility to advocate for the safety of the residents, motorists and pedestrians on our state roads,” Warren said. “These two roads pass through residential neighborhoods and a downtown business district and receive an extraordinary amount of truck traffic.” Warren began the petition in July after hearing concerns from his constituents. Lower Makefield and Yardley officials and the Yardley Action Coalition for Traffic Safety helped raise awareness of the petition. Included with Warren’s letter and petition to PennDOT were written requests from Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield Township requesting that PennDOT perform a traffic study on the roads. There have been two recent accidents that involved trucks colliding into buildings on Yardley's Main Street. “Trucks cut through downtown to avoid the I-95 weigh station, the traffic on I-95 or the Route 1 toll bridge, or just because their GPS tells them to, Read more


Warren seeks applications for fall internship

(Aug 18, 2017)

YARDLEY, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, is seeking applications from local students for a fall internship in his Yardley district office. Duties will include assisting with handling constituent relations, answering phones, planning events and engaging the community of the 31st Legislative District. "This is a great opportunity for students who are excited to learn more about Pennsylvania's legislative process," Warren said. "Interns will become familiar with a variety of legislative issues facing Pennsylvania, which will provide them with valuable experience." Interns must be 18 or older and a high school or college student. Those interested can contact P.J. O’Brien at POBrien@pahouse.net with a resume attached. Read more


PennDOT Opens All Lanes on Oxford Valley Road Over U.S. 1 in Bucks County

(Aug 17, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this morning reopened all lanes on the bridge carrying Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County. PennDOT’s contractor worked since November 2016 to rehabilitate the 167 foot-long bridge by replacing two steel beams; straightening four steel beams with the use of high heat; performing full-depth concrete bridge deck repairs; placing a new latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck; and repairing concrete support abutments. The work also included new expansion dams as well as upgrades to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. Following its rehabilitation, the bridge is no longer categorized as structurally deficient. Some ancillary work remains to be completed, and for that reason, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 25, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for shielding removal, painting and cleanup. During the closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The structure remained open to traffic while the contractor repaired structural damage sustained when the bridge Read more


Oxford Valley Road/U.S. 1 bridge deck to open Aug. 18; repaving to come

(Aug 01, 2017)

My office recently received the following updates from PennDOT regarding two area road projects. Weather-permitting, the U.S. 1/Oxford Valley Road interchange’s bridge deck will be fully opened on Aug. 18. There will be additional work performed at night under the bridge for approximately two-to-three weeks afterwards, but it will not impact traffic entering and exiting U.S. 1. My office also was updated on the much-needed repaving of Oxford Valley Road, north of Edgewood in Lower Makefield and Reading Avenue in Yardley. The contractor that was awarded the bid is currently working on two other projects with the Oxford Valley/Reading job next on its list. Weather permitting, repaving will begin Aug. 14, but could be pushed back to Aug. 21 if the contractor is delayed on its current work due to weather. The project is expected to take two to three weeks. I will update you as more information becomes available. Read more


Warren: State Route 32, Main Street should be off limits to trucks

(Jul 25, 2017)

YARDLEY, July 25 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should consider the need for weight restrictions on two local roads in Yardley and Lower Makefield Township, according to an online petition being circulated by state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. Warren said that he is trying to show that State Route 32 beginning at the intersection with Woodside Road and continuing to the intersection at East Ferry Road, and Main Street beginning at the interchange with Interstate 95 and continuing to the intersection at Big Oak Road, are unsafe for through truck passage. “These roads are very narrow in spots, and they wind through residential neighborhoods and busy business districts, placing pedestrians and residents in danger,” he said. “In just over a week, 415 people have signed the petition.” The first-term state representative representing Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville, Newtown Borough and Township and Yardley wrote legislation that would prohibit the truck through traffic. However, in reviewing the proposed legislation, House Transportation Committee and PennDOT representatives advised Warren that, because the local roads had 10 years ago been deemed safe for through traffic and the roads adequate to handle the traffic, the legislation likely would not survive a legal challenge. Accordingly, Warren's petition asks PennDOT to reconsider the determination that the route is safe. Since March 2016, there were two separate Read more


DRJTC: Uninterrupted lane shift along I-95 South could be established

(Jul 07, 2017)

Weather permitting, construction crews for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project are poised to establish a new travel pattern TONIGHT along the Pennsylvania I-95 southbound segment between the current bridge and the Rte. 332/Newtown/Yardley interchange (Exit 49). The lane shift will be to the outside of the roadway, where the shoulders were strengthened in recent weeks to carry highway-speed traffic on a regular basis. Once in effect, the resulting travel lanes will be slightly narrower with concrete barriers along the entire left lane and at warranted locations on the right. The new travel configuration will remain in effect on a 24/7 basis for an extended period, allowing for work in the highway median that will widen the roadway from two travel lanes to three travel lanes. A similar traffic shift in the northbound direction is expected to be put in place at a yet-to-be determined date later in July. Lane transitioning activities in the southbound direction currently are scheduled to begin after 8 p.m. tonight and are expected to be completed around 6 a.m. tomorrow. (Note: If the traffic pattern shift does not occur tonight, the work will be rescheduled for overnight hours on Tuesday, July 11.) The above-mentioned travel advisory is subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and project-mobilization considerations Motorists are urged to reduce speeds and exercise caution whenever traveling through active work zones. Due to changing travel Read more


PUC: Repairs needed at Heacock Road train crossing

(Jul 06, 2017)

My office is working with Lower Makefield Township and the Public Utility Commission on safety concerns at the rail crossing at Heacock Road. The PUC inspected the crossing during the holiday weekend and determined that repairs are needed due to damaged wood creating a danger for motorists. The township is currently working with CSX to schedule those repairs. We will update with more information when it becomes available. Read more


Project-related travel restrictions lifted for fourth of July holiday travel period

(Jun 29, 2017)

I recieved the following information from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. I hope you find it useful. Project-related travel restrictions lifted for fourth of July holiday travel period All roadway lanes along I-95 and in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project work area will be open for the upcoming Fourth of July travel period, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said today. Project-related travel restrictions are suspended in anticipation of heavier than normal holiday traffic. AAA is predicting this weekend to be the “most traveled Independence Day holiday” ever. AAA predicts that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road. That's an increase of nearly 3 percent from the year before, or more than a million people. The final roadway restriction in the project area – a single-lane traffic pattern along I-95 south in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – will be in effect 8 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. After that, project-related travel restrictions are not scheduled to resume until after the morning job commuting period ends on Wednesday, July 5. A separate advisory on post Fourth of July travel restrictions will be issued by the Commission tomorrow. More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com . Read more


Warren congratulates Pennsbury state championship baseball team

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Perry Warren welcomed the Pennsbury High School baseball team to the Capitol on Tuesday to recognize the team’s state championship title. The Pennsbury team won the PIAA Class 6A title on June 16 in a 1-0 victory over Dallastown High School at Penn State’s Medlar Field. The team claimed the first state title in the program’s history. Pennsbury had a 14-6 regular season and won the Suburban One League National Conference before winning the District I title. The team was led by Head Coach Joe Pesci and Assistant Coach Kurt Kramp and Captains Billy Bethel, Tyrone Hodges Jr. and Dave Murphy. “The Pennsbury Falcons displayed amazing skills throughout the state tournament in batting, pitching and defense, holding their opponents to only one run in their four state championship tournament games” Warren said. “The team and coaches have worked hard all season, and their families have been there to support them. I’m very proud to have such talented student-athletes in our community.” Read more


I-95 resurfacing in Bucks County to start this summer

(Jun 23, 2017)

We just received notification from PennDOT that 13 miles of I-95 will be resurfaced in Bucks County, from Bensalem to the Newtown-Yardley Road (Route 332) exit, beginning this summer. Under the project, PennDOT will: Mill, overlay and rehabilitate the road Make base repairs Replace damaged traffic signs Make minor bridge deck repairs Install rumble strips and delineators There will be overnight lane restrictions as the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2018, progresses. The remaining I-95 exit in Bucks County at Taylorsville Road in Lower Makefiled, is being rehabilitated as part of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. Read more


Travel Advisory - Week of June 18

(Jun 16, 2017)

I received the following information on travel restrictions scheduled next week for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project: Land-based preparatory work and construction activities related to the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will require a series of travel restrictions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the week of June 18. The following project-related travel restrictions are scheduled for the 4.4-mileproject area: Pennsylvania side I-95 north PA – single-lane travel pattern Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to Taylorsville Road/Yardley-New Hope interchange (Exit 51), OFF-Peak, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. I-95 south PA – single-lane travel pattern Taylorsville Road/Yardley-New Hope interchange (Exit 51), OFF-PEAK, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. River Road/Route 32, Lower Makefield, PA – short-term single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20. New Jersey side Route 29 south – single-lane pattern at I-95 interchange (Exit 1) 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. Route 175/River Road – alternating single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers daytime and early evenings and full closure in vicinity of I-95 overpass OVERNIGHT, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) starting Wednesday, June 21 and continuing daily through the weekend into the following week. On-ramp to I-95 will be inaccessible Read more


REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions

(Jun 13, 2017)

What is REAL ID? Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for official purposes, licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. What is Pennsylvania doing about REAL ID? On May 26, 2017, Governor Wolf signed Act 3 of 2017 (SB133) into law, which did the following: Repeals Act 38 of 2012, which prohibited any state agency from complying with REAL ID. Creates a an Opt-in system, where Pennsylvanians can choose to get a standard-issued driver’s license or photo ID that DOES NOT comply with REAL ID, or a new driver’s license or photo ID that DOES comply with REAL ID. Prohibits the Commonwealth from mandating REAL ID for any reason. With the enactment of Act 3 of 2017, the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is currently in the process of working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement REAL ID. How will REAL ID affect me? A standard-issued PA driver’s license and photo ID does not currently comply with REAL ID. As a result of Act 3 of 2017, PennDOT applied for an extension for compliance until October 2020. DHS has recently granted Pennsylvania and six other states a grace period through July 10, 2017. Meaning, a PA driver’s license or photo ID WILL BE accepted to access Federal facilities, military installations Read more


Lower Makefield traffic projects receive $319,000 in state funding

(Jun 12, 2017)

YARDLEY, June 9 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that Lower Makefield Township will receive $319,000 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation funding for area traffic improvements. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost and local and regional impact. Awards are: $59,000 to re-time and interconnect with fiber communication the traffic signals at the intersections of Yardley-Newtown Road at Mirror Lake Road and Creamery Road. $260,000 to upgrade the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2024 (Big Oak Road) and Makefield Road by installing emergency pre-emption and upgrading pedestrian facilities between school zones. “The state has again recognized Lower Makefield Township as an excellent investment for infrastructure improvement,” Warren said. “These projects will help continue to grow our community into a regional residential and economic leader, while keeping motorists and pedestrians safe.” Read more


Warren touts bipartisan effort in pension reform

(Jun 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced the passage of a pension reform bill, Senate Bill 1, by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Today, I joined 142 of my colleagues in passing the first meaningful pension reform bill in seven years,” Warren said. “This bipartisan, bicameral effort represents a big step toward ending the gridlock in Harrisburg while supporting our schools and saving taxpayers money.” Senate Bill 1 is the product of months of discussion and compromise between Democratic and Republican legislators. “I wish we had more lawmakers like Perry Warren,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “He approached this decision seriously and listened to many people before casting his vote. The bipartisan pension reform bill that he supported will continue to pay down our debt, protect taxpayers by shifting risk and reducing Wall Street fees, provide long-term relief to school districts and provide workers with a fair retirement benefit. It’s a bipartisan pension solution that Perry Warren helped to move forward by voting to send this bill to the governor.” Republican Leader Dave Reed said during remarks on the bill today that its passage would not be possible without bipartisan support. “Passing the budget bill in April and now sending a public pension reform bill to the governor shows we are serious about changing how Pennsylvania government Read more


Travel Advisory - Week of June 11

(Jun 08, 2017)

The following information was recently issued by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Land-based preparatory work and early construction activities related to the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will require a series of travel restrictions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the week of June 11. The following list of scheduled project-related travel restrictions in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge are currently scheduled for the week: I-95 north PA only – right lane and shoulder closure, overnight, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 13. I-95 south PA – right lane and shoulder closure, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day), Monday, June 12, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14. (Note – No lane closures on bridge or I-95 in New Jersey next week). Woodside Road closed between River and Taylorsville roads, 68 hours with posted detours via Mt. Eyre Rd. (north) or E. Afton Ave. (south), 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, to 6 a.m. Thursday, June 15. (Note: Park-and-ride lot will be open, but the canal towpath will be inaccessible from the park-and-ride lot during the closure period. Canal towpath will remain open to thru-users. Closest parking access to the canal at Washington Crossing Park (north) and Yardley Borough (south). NJ Route 29 north – single-lane pattern, off-peak, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16. Route 332/Yardley-Newtown Rd. Interchange (Exit 49) Read more


Warren, Levine, advocates spotlight bill to help schools, parents communicate over eating disorders (w/Video)

(Jun 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine and members of the National Eating Disorders Association spotlighted Warren’s bill to bring awareness to eating disorders during a Capitol news conference today. House Bill 531, which has received bipartisan support, would require schools to annually provide information regarding eating disorders to parents with children in grades 5 through 12. Its companion in the Senate, S.B. 730, was introduced by state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, and also has bipartisan support. Additionally, both bills would create guidelines for local school boards to pursue the optional development of an eating-disorder screening program, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. “People, especially children, who struggle with eating disorders, need to seek, or be provided with, professional help,” Warren said. “The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.” “Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are serious conditions that can lead to significant, even life threatening, medical complications,” Levine said. “Treatment involves a multi-disciplinary team, and the Read more


Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period for Pennsylvania

(Jun 06, 2017)

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through July 10, 2017, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date. This grace period goes into effect on Wednesday, June 7, and applies to states, including Pennsylvania, currently under compliance extensions set to expire today, June 6. Other states with June 6 extension expirations include Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, Alaska, and South Carolina. Within hours of Governor Wolf signing SB 133 (Act 3 of 2017) on May 26, which repealed previous REAL ID nonparticipation legislation and allows the commonwealth to provide REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards at the customer’s option, PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS and is currently awaiting DHS response. DHS has confirmed that REAL ID extension decisions are pending final review, and federal agencies have been advised to continue accepting driver licenses and identification cards through the grace period. The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018. Preliminary work on REAL ID has begun, and PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who Read more


Warren: End Lunch Shaming

(Jun 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Perry Warren is fighting to eliminate lunch shaming from schools, where school administrators take away lunches from students, and in some cases publicly shame those children, because of overdue lunch fees. Read more