Harrisburg, June 6, 2018 − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) that would increase penalties against merchants or vendors who exploit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by trafficking SNAP cards was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 1127, which Schwank introduced in March, was approved by the upper […]

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Reading, June 1, 2018 State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is inviting Berks farmers to a roundtable discussion with Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center Auditorium at 1238 County Welfare Road in Bern Township. The event is an opportunity for farmers to […]

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Reading, May 21, 2018 − Sen. Judy Schwank is inviting constituents to meet her for coffee, doughnuts and conversation at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery at 1245 Penn Avenue in Wyomissing from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 24. Instead of a typical Town Hall, Sen. Schwank has decided to hold an open […]

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Reading, May 8, 2018 − In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released six instructional videos relating to the identification and control of the spotted lanternfly. In the videos, three Extension educators – Emelie Swackhamer, Amy Korman and Don Seifrit – show us how to identify Tree of Heaven, a known favorite of the […]

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Reading, April 20, 2018 − State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 300 census tracts across the commonwealth have been nominated as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Qualified Opportunity Zones are a tool for promoting long-term investment in low-income communities. Six of those zones are in Berks County. “This would give […]

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Harrisburg, April 18, 2018 – Senators Judy Schwank (D-11) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct. Senate Bill 1134 would establish sextortion as a specific criminal offense with consequences comparable to similar sexual offenses. “This is behavior we see affecting people, primarily women, at all levels of […]

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Reading, April 2, 2018  Sen. Judy Schwank and Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella are hosting an event to help working families find money they are entitled to this tax season. The event, Financial Freedom for Working Families, is part of a statewide tour in conjunction with Treasurer Torsella and other democratic senators. The event is on […]

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Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 – Sponsored by Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-Berks County), the Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh (EWC) has been instrumental in bringing Senate Resolution 255 to the forefront. The Resolution, titled “Encouraging equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards and in senior management of companies in Pennsylvania,” currently stands in the […]

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Harrisburg, March 21, 2018– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted in favor of a package of bipartisan bills pertaining to domestic violence. The bills are aimed to empower victims of domestic violence by helping them leave their abusers and controlling their abusers’ access to firearms. Most notable in the package is SB 501, which requires […]

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HARRISBURG − March 20, 2018 − Stating that child protection is a foremost government responsibility, two state Senators have launched a push to reform laws, regulations, and funding for Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. Sens. Lisa Baker, R-20th, and Judy Schwank, D-11th, who lead the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, are looking to establish an […]

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