HARRISBURG, Dec. 14, 2011 — State Sen. Judy Schwank today issued the following statement on legislation that redraws the Congressional map in Pennsylvania into 18 districts, which passed the Senate today by a (26-24) vote: “This map is a travesty and there’s no reasonable explanation from what I can see,” Schwank said. “At one time, […]

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HARRISBURG, December 14, 2011 – State Sen. Judy Schwank reminds eligible citizens that the application for the state property tax/rent rebate is due Dec. 31. “Last year, more than 31,000 Berks County residents collected $14.7 million in rebates. That’s significant savings,” Schwank said. “In this economy, folks can benefit from this program more than ever, […]

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READING, Nov.  23, 2011 — After receiving public input on the recent storm-related power outages that occurred in Berks County, State Sen. Judy Schwank provided the results of a storm-related power outage survey, she recently conducted, to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and asked the Commission to come up with a specific plan of action […]

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READING, Nov. 22, 2011-– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11th dist.) presents a Senate citation to Craig Breneiser of Reading at the Nov. 21 Pennsylvania State EMS Awards dinner, hosted by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. Breneiser was this year’s recipient of the 2011 EMS Communications Award. Breneiser served Berks County for 29 years as […]

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HARRISBURG, Nov. 15, 2011 — State Sen. Judy Schwank today issued the following statement on legislation that creates a Marcellus Shale impact fee (Senate Bill 1100), which passed the Senate today by a (29-20) vote:  “We have a responsibility to restore and protect our ground water and streams, but Senate Bill 1100 makes a meager […]

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READING, Nov.  9, 2011—State Sen. Judy Schwank is seeking the public’s input on the recent storm that brought winter weather to Berks County and left hundreds of thousands of residents without power. “While we couldn’t anticipate the scope of this pre-winter snowfall, it left many residents in the cold and dark for days. I believe […]

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HARRISBURG, Nov. 1, 2011 — State Sen. Judy Schwank said today’s Senate passage of a statewide ban on texting while driving sends a clear message to drivers: “Keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.” Senate Bill 314, which passed the Senate by a 45-5 vote, prohibits the operation of a moving […]

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READING, Oct. 28, 2011— State Sen. Judy Schwank announced today that two Berks County townships will receive state grants to maintain their recycling programs. Bern Township will receive a $14,211 grant, which is based on the 1,261.9 tons recycled for 2009 and the township’s population. Colebrookdale Township will receive a $26,121 grant, which is based […]

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Her proposed amendment to improve the legislation failed along party lines HARRISBURG, Oct. 26, 2011 — Concerned that school vouchers legislation would hurt the public school students who would be left behind in its wake, state Sen. Judy Schwank today voted against Senate Bill 1. The bill passed the Senate today by a (27-22) vote. […]

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READING, Oct. 26, 2011 — A sewer project in Virginville, Richmond Township will receive significant state funding to relieve residential septic system issues, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, who was instrumental in ensuring that the project would receive appropriate financial support. Richmond Township will receive a $1,095,351grant and a $631,849 low-interest loan through the […]

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