Munroe to introduce bill to combat elder financial exploitation

(Feb 23, 2024)

WARMINSTER, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Brian Munroe introduced a bill today that would equip financial institutions and fiduciaries with the necessary tools to identify, report and prevent the financial exploitation of older adults and care dependent individuals. Munroe said the legislation is personal to him because his mother was recently defrauded even though her bank was fully aware of the transaction. “If this could happen to my mother, it can happen to anyone’s loved ones,” Munroe said. “Prior to this happening to my mother, I saw similar crimes committed countless times during my tenure as a Radnor Township police officer.” Financial exploitation is one of the most prevalent forms of elder abuse in the nation; yet it remains grossly underreported. Left unchecked, elder people remain vulnerable to the continued misuse of powers of attorney, unauthorized cash withdrawals, financial scams and check and credit card fraud. These losses are often unrecoverable, frequently resulting in the elder being forced to rely on public assistance for their most basic needs. Munroe said legal clarity will be included in the legislation to assist these financial institutions in reporting and preventing financial exploitation, as will the authority to share information with state investigators, law enforcement and other older adult protective services. Together, Read more

 

State lawmakers offer support for Pennsylvania’s Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange during their service

(Feb 21, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – Today, state lawmakers introduced legislation that would create a task force on Agent Orange -- a blend of herbicides used during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was banned when evidence of the harmful and sometimes deadly results of exposure to it began to emerge. Those who were exposed to Agent Orange are at risk of developing cancers, neurological and psychological conditions, and other long-term effects to the skin and heart. Exposure to Agent Orange can also cause reproductive health problems and birth defects in the children of veterans, including spina bifida, hip dysplasia, and congenital heart disease. The task force would comprise several members of military organizations and members of the PA House and PA Senate to investigate and form recommendations on how best to communicate with veterans affected by Agent Orange concerning the treatment options available to them. This bipartisan legislation was introduced by state Reps. Paul Takac, D-Centre; Mike Cabell, R-Luzerne; Brian Munroe, D-Bucks; Dane Watro, R-Schuylkill/Luzerne; Tarik Khan, D-Phila.; Zachary Mako, R-Northampton/Lehigh; Chris Pielli, D-Chester; and Abby Major, R-Armstrong/Westmoreland. “We owe all those who have served our country, especially those who have been harmed as a result of their service, not only our profound respect and gratitude but an enduring commitment to serve and support them and their families. That, Read more

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Munroe introduces bill to keep children safe on social media

(Feb 07, 2024)

WARRINGTON, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Brian Munroe introduced a bill today at Tamanend Middle School that would help make social media safer to navigate for children. House Bill 2017 , is bipartisan legislation that would put the following safeguards in place: Require social media companies to monitor the chats of two or more minors on the platform and notify parents or legal guardians of flagged sensitive or graphic content. Strengthen proof of age verification on social media platforms by requiring consent from a parent or legal guardian for anyone under 16 to open a social media account and notify parents or legal guardians if a child under 16 opens a social media account without consent. Prohibit data mining for users under the age of 18 and allow any individual to request the deletion of data that was mined while they were under the age of 18. Munroe crafted the legislation after meeting Max Jin, Luka Jonjic and Dylan Schwartz when they were students at Tamanend Middle School in 2023. The three, who are now freshmen at Central Bucks High School South, won an award from C-SPAN for their documentary, America’s Silent Struggle: Social Media’s Impact on Teens’ Mental Health . The documentary featured a fictional newly elected congressman working to pass legislation on social media and its impact on the mental health of youth. After seeing the documentary, Munroe suggested turning fiction into Read more

 

Democratic State Lawmakers Want To Improve the Rape Kit Tracking System in Pennsylvania

(Feb 06, 2024)

State Representatives Munroe, Borowski, and Brennan will introduce legislation that allows sexual assault victims to monitor the processing of evidence with greater accuracy and efficiency, all while safeguarding confidentiality. Read more

 

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(Jan 29, 2024)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ivyland receives state funding to convert former air base property into park

(Jan 16, 2024)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Brian Munroe D-Bucks County www.pahouse.com/Munroe Ivyland receives state funding to convert former air base property into park HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – Ivyland Borough received a $122,188 grant through the state’s Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program, state Rep. Brian Munroe announced. The funds will be used for the From Barracks to Blooms project, which will convert Ivyland’s property from the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster into a public park. In 1996, NAWC Warminster was realigned and is now closed. The property was transferred to the Bucks County Federal Lands Reuse Authority for nonmilitary redevelopment. “As a Navy veteran, I am delighted to see the former Navy base get redeveloped into an environmentally friendly public space for all to enjoy for generations to come,” Munroe said. “This grant should help fund a large portion of the project.” The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program allocates funds from the Marcellus Legacy Fund to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. Munroe represents Read more

 

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®): What You Need to Know:  

(Jan 02, 2024)

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ): What You Need to Know: There are major changes to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ) form. The new FAFSA form is now available. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The 2024–25 FAFSA form will expand eligibility for federal student aid. What You Can Do Now : Watch the “2024–25 FAFSA FAQs” playlist to better for a look at what has changed on the new form. Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to get an estimate of what your aid could be once the FAFSA is completed. If you did not submit a 2023–24 FAFSA form, make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account —and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form when it’s available. Find out if your parent(s) or spouse will need to be contributors (contribute their info on your FAFSA form). If your parent(s) or spouse will need to contribute to your form, make sure each contributor creates their own StudentAid.gov account . Watch our “Preparing for the FAFSA Form” to better understand what information and documents you’ll need to complete the FAFSA form. 2024–25 FAFSA ® Deadlines : Read more

 

Rep. Munroe's Winter 2023-24 Newsletter

(Dec 28, 2023)

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$1M In Grants For Warminster, Ivyland Water System Upgrades

(Dec 20, 2023)

“Proper storm and sewer management systems improve our local economy, our health, and our quality of life,” Munroe said. “I am happy to see these worthy projects receive state funding.” Read more

 

Munroe, Farry announce state funding for projects in Bucks County

(Dec 19, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 19 – S tate Rep. Brian Munroe and state Sen. Frank Farry and announced that the state has awarded over $1.4 million for three water and sewer projects in Bucks County, funded through the Commonwealth Financing Agency. Under the H2O PA grant, the Warminster Township Municipal Authority will receive $912,000 for construction to retrofit the Tennyson and Whittier basins. In addition, the North Wales Water Authority and Ivyland Borough will receive $120,400 and $422,301, respectively, through the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program . The North Wales Water Authority will use the funds to install a permanent backup generator at their disaster recovery facility in Warrington Township. Ivyland will use its grant to help fund the Greeley Avenue Storm Sewer project. “Proper storm and sewer management systems improve our local economy, our health and our quality of life,” Munroe said. “I am happy to see these worthy projects receive state funding.” Added Farry, “I am proud that we’re partnering with our local communities and their authorities on these worthwhile projects. The approved funding will enhance our infrastructure’s reliability and support necessary project upgrades.” The H2O Grant provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of Read more

 

First Holiday Tree Lighting Held in Warminster

(Dec 15, 2023)

State Rep. Brian Munroe joined Warminster Township Supervisors Kathy Frescatore, Janice Charlton, and July Hoover at the Dec. 4 event. Read more

 

Munroe Proposes Bill On Police Pension Transfers

(Dec 14, 2023)

The state representative from Warminster has introduced legislation to permit officers to count time from a previous law enforcement job. Read more

 

Munroe proposes bill to help police officers transfer pensions

(Dec 12, 2023)

This legislation will encourage officers to take that promotion with another department without it heavily impacting their retirements. Read more

 

Munroe applauds passage of Abortion Shield Bill

(Nov 15, 2023)

Today’s vote on House Bill 1786 continues to ensure women in both Pennsylvania and our neighboring states that their personal health choices remain between the patient and their medical provider. Read more

 

New acts signed by Gov. Shapiro end ban on religious garb, repeal frozen dessert law

(Nov 07, 2023)

House Bill 1094 became Act 24 of 2023. The bipartisan measure was introduced by Rep. Brian Munroe, D-Bucks, and Rep. Milou Mackenzie, R-Northampton/Lehigh/Montgomery. It cleared the General Assembly without a single dissenting vote and takes effect immediately. Read more

 

Munroe receives clean bill of health after cancer diagnosis

(Oct 26, 2023)

State Rep. Brian Munroe announced he has received a clean bill of health after treatment for an earlier cancer diagnosis. He made the announcement during a subcommittee on Security & Emergency Response Readiness meeting today. Read more

 

Munroe bill to help military families passes Senate

(Oct 25, 2023)

State Rep. Brian Munroe’s bill that would ease the transition for children of service members switching schools due to a parent’s transfer was unanimously approved by the Senate today. Read more

 

Munroe formally introduces elevator bill

(Oct 17, 2023)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Brian Munroe D-Bucks County www.pahouse.com/Munroe Munroe formally introduces elevator bill HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – After circulating a co-sponsorship memo in September, state Rep. Brian Munroe, D- Bucks, officially introduced his bill that would aid residents living in multistory apartment buildings and condominiums. House Bill 1761 would require all new apartment buildings and condominiums with two or more floors to have at least two elevators. Current buildings would be exempted. The legislation stemmed from two separate incidents over two years that occurred in Munroe’s district in western Bucks County. In 2022, Centennial Station, located in Warminster Township, shut down the only elevators in six of its 10 buildings for repairs. Centennial Station has more than 400 condominiums and many of its elderly residents were unable to navigate the stairs. Earlier this year, Park Place, a 55-and-older community located in Warminster Township, was struck by lightning during one of the summer storms, which resulted in the only elevator in the building to stop working for more than seven weeks. Much like the Centennial Station situation, residents unable to use the stairs were left with no option but to Read more

 

Parent approval proposed for teens to join social media sites

(Oct 07, 2023)

A documentary by three Pennsylvania ninth-graders has led a state lawmaker to consider legislation creating additional protections for teens using social media. Read more

 

Munroe named to Commerce, Professional Licensure committees

(Oct 03, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Brian Munroe, D–Bucks, was named to the PA House Commerce and Professional Licensure committees this week. The Commerce Committee evaluates legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. The committee has oversight over the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to ensure that Pennsylvania stays competitive in a world marketplace. The Professional Licensure Committee reviews bills that pertain to positions requiring licensing for qualified employees and businesses. Its scope includes businesses as diverse as funeral homes and cemeteries to auctioneers, pharmacists and beauticians. “These new assignments will help me serve the residents of western Bucks County and Pennsylvania,” Munroe said. The assignments are a result of H.R. 168, which allows for four additional members on 23 of the PA House’s 24 standing committee. In addition, Munroe will also continue his work on the Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities, Insurance, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees. Read more

 

Munroe to introduce bill to combat elder financial exploitation
Feb 23, 2024

State lawmakers offer support for Pennsylvania’s Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange during their service
Feb 21, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Munroe introduces bill to keep children safe on social media
Feb 07, 2024

Democratic State Lawmakers Want To Improve the Rape Kit Tracking System in Pennsylvania
Feb 06, 2024

RSVP for our Feb. 24 Shred Event
Jan 29, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ivyland receives state funding to convert former air base property into park
Jan 16, 2024

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®): What You Need to Know:  
Jan 02, 2024

Rep. Munroe's Winter 2023-24 Newsletter
Dec 28, 2023

$1M In Grants For Warminster, Ivyland Water System Upgrades
Dec 20, 2023

Munroe, Farry announce state funding for projects in Bucks County
Dec 19, 2023

First Holiday Tree Lighting Held in Warminster
Dec 15, 2023

Munroe Proposes Bill On Police Pension Transfers
Dec 14, 2023

Munroe proposes bill to help police officers transfer pensions
Dec 12, 2023

Munroe applauds passage of Abortion Shield Bill
Nov 15, 2023

New acts signed by Gov. Shapiro end ban on religious garb, repeal frozen dessert law
Nov 07, 2023

Munroe receives clean bill of health after cancer diagnosis
Oct 26, 2023

Munroe bill to help military families passes Senate
Oct 25, 2023

Munroe formally introduces elevator bill
Oct 17, 2023

Parent approval proposed for teens to join social media sites
Oct 07, 2023

Munroe named to Commerce, Professional Licensure committees
Oct 03, 2023