HARRISBURG, Feb. 11, 2014 – State Senator Judy Schwank said today she will introduce legislation to preserve the authority of communities to use local fees to support their recycling programs. “For more than two decades, nobody questioned whether municipalities have that ability,” the Berks County Democrat said. “My bill would make very clear that is […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 28, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously approved state Sen. Judy Schwank’s bill to criminalize so-called “revenge porn,” and it did so as the young woman who sparked initiatives across the country to change state laws stood almost literally by the Berks County Democratic lawmaker’s side. Allyson Pereira was 16 years old […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 15, 2014 – To improve performance and brighten the economic future for more of Pennsylvania’s struggling cities, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna) today introduced legislation to expand a new program designed to drive significant economic development and bring people back to cities. The City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 2013 – Legislation introduced by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would make Pennsylvania the third state in the country to criminalize so-called “revenge porn” cleared a key state panel today. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to send Schwank’s Senate Bill 1167 to the floor after approving an amendment that changed the […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 2014 – Sen. Judy Schwank and Sen. John Blake will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Capitol to unveil a bill that would expand the state’s new City Revitalization and Improvement Zones. Lancaster and Bethlehem were selected last month to participate in the inaugural CRIZ program, […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 9, 2014 – The statewide organization representing 5,500 doctors, residents and students of family medicine has picked state Sen. Judy Schwank for its “2014 Legislator of the Year” award. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians said it picked the Ruscombmanor Township Democrat because of her work to introduce and advance patient-centered medical home […]

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READING, Jan. 9, 2014 – Sen. Judy Schwank will join members of the Oley American Legion Post 878 at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, to help make sandwiches as part of the group’s “Sandwiches for the Homeless” program. The Oley Legion makes sandwiches every month for lunch bags that are delivered to homeless people in […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 2, 2014 – State Sen. Judy Schwank today said she was glad to hear the commonwealth has decided to again delay implementation of new reporting requirements for organizations that operate small games of chance in Berks County and throughout Pennsylvania. The old law required eligible organizations and clubs to file a report by […]

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HARRISBURG, Dec. 12, 2013 – Pennsylvania’s 25-year-old agricultural land preservation movement acted today to protect another 878 acres of Berks County farmland, Sen. Judy Schwank said. “Nine more tracts of prime Berks County farmland are now protected from development,” Schwank said. “This means, once again, that agriculture will continue on as one of this region’s […]

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HARRISBURG, Dec. 12, 2013 – State Sen. Judy Schwank said today she is pleased with a special commission’s recommendation to change Pennsylvania’s formula for financing special education. The Special Education Funding Reform Commission released a long-awaited report Wednesday saying if Pennsylvania changes the way it calculates its special education payments, it will make the system […]

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