HARRISBURG, Feb. 28, 2014 – Help for school districts, local governments and businesses looking to stretch their energy budgets and conserve fuel are being urged today by state Sen. Judy Schwank to apply for a grant program opening March 1. Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program, or AFIG, has a pool of $8 million available […]

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HARRISBURG, February 28, 2014 – Sen. Judy Schwank will continue her Berks County Model Senate on Tuesday, March 4, at Albright College. This third session, which is being made up due to a prior weather-related postponement, will include “Senate committee hearings” where the student Senators from 15 Berks County schools will have the opportunity to […]

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HARRISBURG, Feb. 20, 2014 — State Sen. Judy Schwank today hailed the recent approval by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency of nearly $1.4 million in low-income housing tax credits to support two housing development projects in the City of Reading. Schwank said PHFA approved $1 million in tax credits for the Delaware Valley Development Group […]

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HARRISBURG, February 19, 2014 – Nearly 700 additional acres of Berks County farmland will be preserved through the purchase of agricultural easements, state Sen. Judy Schwank announced today. “Adding more land to the acreage protected from development does more than keep the county green,” Schwank said. “It also helps protect the environment and the agricultural […]

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HARRISBURG, Feb. 12, 2014 – Sen. Judy Schwank will give students from 15 Berks County schools another first-hand glimpse of life as a state lawmaker on Feb. 18 during the third of five sessions in her Berks County Model Senate. The third session will be held at Albright College and it will include “Senate Committee […]

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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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