Venkat celebrates passage of state budget in the House, marking the start of budget negotiations

(Jun 06, 2023)

“I am pleased that my colleagues and I advanced a budget that will invest in all Pennsylvanians and, particularly, increase our investment in the Avonworth, North Allegheny and Hampton school districts while protecting against property tax increases,” Venkat said. “There is much work to do after Monday’s vote to fight for medical debt relief, increase access and affordability in health care and invest in our vital emergency medical services, police and fire agencies and all the municipalities I represent.” Read more

 

State Rep. Venkat's Avonworth Community Memorial Day Speech

(May 29, 2023)

Text of state Rep. Arvind Venkat's speech at the at the 77th Annual Avonworth Community Memorial Day Commemoration. Read more

 

Squirrel Hill group pushing for stricter gun laws meets with State Representative

(May 11, 2023)

While the man accused of shooting and killing 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue currently stands trial, members of the group Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence are hard at work pushing for stricter gun control legislation in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Four gun safety bills could pass PA House in late May, head to Senate

(May 11, 2023)

At the end of May, the Pennsylvania House will have a final vote on four pieces of gun safety legislation. Read more

 

House passes Venkat bill to designate Diwali as a state holiday

(Apr 26, 2023)

In a victory for and celebration of Pennsylvanians of South Asian descent, the House today passed legislation that would designate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, as a state holiday, according to the bill’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Arvind Venkat. Read more

 

Venkat: Medical debt, a uniquely American problem

(Apr 13, 2023)

Together, we can help bring relief to our friends and neighbors who are being crushed by the colossal weight of debt incurred through the American health care system. Read more

 

Venkat pushes for medical debt relief in budget negotiations

(Mar 28, 2023)

Argues $15 million could alleviate up to $1.5 billion in medical debt. Read more

 

Venkat speaks at CeasefirePA, March for Our Lives rally

(Mar 23, 2023)

Will use his legislative position to work toward safer communities. Read more

 

Venkat applauds over $2 million in state grants

(Mar 17, 2023)

Will improve multiple projects across the community. Read more

 

Venkat: $250,000 in state funding awarded to support local road project

(Mar 17, 2023)

Will improve pedestrian safety and make upgrades to roadways. Read more

 

Rep. Venkat appointed to three PA House committees

(Mar 10, 2023)

State Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced today that he has been appointed to three Pennsylvania House standing committees – Health, Insurance and Professional Licensure – for the 2023-24 legislative session. Read more

 

Venkat, Mercuri introduce legislation to protect children in schools, daycare centers

(Mar 06, 2023)

Legislation would prohibit registered sexually violent predators from residing within 2,500 feet of a public school, private school, parochial school, pre-school, or childcare facility. Read more

 

Venkat announces $750,000 in state funding for Northland Public Library

(Feb 27, 2023)

New state funding of $750,000 to the Northland Public Library Authority in McCandless will help rehabilitate parts of the structure providing more safety to people who visit, state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Venkat meets with federal secretary of the Interior, local officials

(Feb 09, 2023)

Group meets at Avonworth High School to discuss federal Inflation Reduction Act Read more

 

Venkat announces nearly $150,000 for local fire departments and EMS agencies

(Feb 08, 2023)

Furthering his promise to prioritize investing in first responders, state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced today that $143,233.27 in state grants have been awarded to multiple fire departments and EMS agencies serving McCandless, Franklin Park, Ohio Township, Kilbuck, Emsworth, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights and Hampton Township. Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Testifiers detail issues affecting health care staffing

(Jan 26, 2023)

“While the pandemic did not cause these issues, it crystalized the problem in a way where the public became acutely aware of its importance,” said Rep. Venkat, who is an emergency physician and the first physician to serve in PA's General Assembly in about 60 year. “Unfortunately, no silver bullet – or magical solution – exists to fix this complicated problem. As we saw when we peeled back layers of the issue today, addressing one issue often calls for the need to find a solution to several more related issues." Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill

(Jan 23, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Seeking to ease the burden of medical debt on working families, a plan to create the Pennsylvania Medical Debt Repayment Program was unveiled today by state Reps. Arvind Venkat and Nick Pisciottano, both D-Allegheny; Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna; and Tarik Khan and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila. “As a physician, I have seen firsthand how problems with our nation’s healthcare system – including medical debt – have hurt families and prevented people from getting the care they need,” said Venkat, the first physician to serve in the General Assembly in nearly 60 years. “While there are many issues that we need to address, including the systemic problems that lead to spiraling medical debt, this bill is an important first step toward helping people across Pennsylvania get the assistance and the care they need – and not phone calls from collection agencies.” “When my son was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, the last thing I wanted to worry about was the stress of medical costs. No family in Pennsylvania should ever need to think twice before seeking care for chronic or other serious conditions for fear of going into medical debt,” Kosierowski said. “We must do whatever we can at the state level to ensure that families don’t need to choose between going to the doctor or putting food on their table or buying clothes for their children.” The lawmakers likened the newly Read more

 

Venkat announces nearly $400,000 in environmental grants

(Jan 12, 2023)

State Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced today that Franklin Park has been awarded $390,900 in grants to address environmental concerns. Read more

 

Venkat: $20,000 to aid in goal of Hunger-Free campuses

(Jan 11, 2023)

Newly acquired funding of $20,000 will help La Roche University in McCandless move closer towards the goal of a hunger-free campus, state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Venkat: Over $600,000 in traffic safety grants awarded to McCandless, Hampton townships

(Jan 04, 2023)

Today, state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, announced $626,483 in state funding for his community. Read more

 

Venkat celebrates passage of state budget in the House, marking the start of budget negotiations
Jun 06, 2023

State Rep. Venkat's Avonworth Community Memorial Day Speech
May 29, 2023

Squirrel Hill group pushing for stricter gun laws meets with State Representative
May 11, 2023

Four gun safety bills could pass PA House in late May, head to Senate
May 11, 2023

House passes Venkat bill to designate Diwali as a state holiday
Apr 26, 2023

Venkat: Medical debt, a uniquely American problem
Apr 13, 2023

Venkat pushes for medical debt relief in budget negotiations
Mar 28, 2023

Venkat speaks at CeasefirePA, March for Our Lives rally
Mar 23, 2023

Venkat applauds over $2 million in state grants
Mar 17, 2023

Venkat: $250,000 in state funding awarded to support local road project
Mar 17, 2023

Rep. Venkat appointed to three PA House committees
Mar 10, 2023

Venkat, Mercuri introduce legislation to protect children in schools, daycare centers
Mar 06, 2023

Venkat announces $750,000 in state funding for Northland Public Library
Feb 27, 2023

Venkat meets with federal secretary of the Interior, local officials
Feb 09, 2023

Venkat announces nearly $150,000 for local fire departments and EMS agencies
Feb 08, 2023

Policy Hearing: Testifiers detail issues affecting health care staffing
Jan 26, 2023

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill
Jan 23, 2023

Venkat announces nearly $400,000 in environmental grants
Jan 12, 2023

Venkat: $20,000 to aid in goal of Hunger-Free campuses
Jan 11, 2023

Venkat: Over $600,000 in traffic safety grants awarded to McCandless, Hampton townships
Jan 04, 2023