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Schwank Disappointed in Property Tax Reform Set Back

HARRISBURG, Nov. 24, 2015 – Because of the hard work and groundswell of support from Berks County residents and Pennsylvanians, state Sen. Judy Schwank said today she is disappointed with the Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have eliminated……Continue reading »

Schwank Appointed to Special Panel to Look at AG Kane

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27, 2015 – Berks County Democratic Sen. Judy Schwank has been appointed to a special bipartisan senate panel to look into whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane may serve with a suspended law license. Fellow Democrats Art Haywood (Philadelphia)……Continue reading »

Schwank’s Industrial Hemp Bill Wins Unanimous Committee Approval

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27, 2015 – Without opposition, state Sen. Judy Schwank’s proposal to once again make industrial hemp a legal cash crop in Pennsylvania moved out of committee and to the Senate floor today. The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs……Continue reading »

Bill to legalize industrial hemp use clears state Senate committee

The Berks County-rooted effort to bring industrial hemp farming to Pennsylvania is now primmed for consideration by the state Senate. The bill cleared an early hurdle Tuesday, winning unanimous approval from the chamber’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “This is……Continue reading »

Berks County Community Foundation launching program to promote civil discourse

More unites us than divides us. And, when someone disagrees with us, they don’t necessarily disagree with us on all levels. It is for that reason the Berks County Community Foundation on Wednesday announced it has joined with political and……Continue reading »

More Farmland Preserved in Berks County, Schwank says

Harrisburg, Oct. 8, 2015 – Additional acres of Berks County farmland will be preserved following today’s approval of the purchase of conservation easements by the state Agricultural Land Preservation Board, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks). Schwank, who is……Continue reading »

Patients, doctors call for changes in medical billing in hearing in Harrisburg

An emergency room visit led to open-heart surgery in New York earlier this year, leaving him with a stack of medical bills, including a $32,000 surgeon fee he wasn’t sure how he was going to pay. But then he discovered……Continue reading »