HARRISBURG, Oct. 11, 2012 — An additional 92.9 acres of Berks County farmland will be preserved through the purchase of conservation easements valued at $232,250 that were approved today by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Preservation Board member. According to the senator, the following farms will be […]

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READING, Oct. 4, 2012 — As concerns of gang violence and gang recruitment grow in Reading, state Sen. Judy Schwank said that this week’s Senate passage of anti-gang legislation offers a step toward deterring this disturbing activity that plagues neighborhoods and recruits children. House Bill 1121 would make recruiting criminal street gang members a crime […]

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HARRISBURG, Oct. 2, 2012 — State Sen. Judy Schwank said today’s Commonwealth Court ruling on the state’s voter ID law will give voters more time to prepare for future elections while ensuring their right to vote this November. “There have been many questions from voters all across the state on whether they had the right […]

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READING, Sept. 20, 2012 — Agriculture is not only the No. 1 industry in Berks County, but also in Pennsylvania. The future of local farming and food prices will have a direct impact on the industry, consumers, businesses and the economy. As farming experts continue to examine ways that the industry is sustaining itself and […]

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READING, Sept. 10, 2012 — Nearly two dozen Berks County arts programs have received state funding, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank and state Rep. Tom Caltagirone. “The arts are an important part of any community. They provide entertainment, creative expression, and education to people of all ages,” said Schwank (D-11th dist.). “I’m grateful that […]

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READING, Aug. 24, 2012—State Sen. Judy Schwank is reminding parents, grandparents, and students that there is still time to save for college at last year’s credit prices in the Pennsylvania 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP). After Aug. 31, GSP credit prices will rise due to the increases in tuition rates for the coming academic years. […]

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HARRISBURG, Aug. 23, 2012 — An additional 243 acres of Berks County farmland will be preserved through the purchase of conservation easements valued at $607,000 dollars that were approved today by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Preservation Board member. According to the senator, the following farms will […]

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READING, Aug. 9, 2012 — State Sen. Judy Schwank called the recent release of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) evaluation of the response of electric utilities to outages caused by multiple severe storms last year a “step in the right direction,” but expressed concern that the agency’s efforts “might not go far enough.” “Severe storm-related events, especially […]

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HARRISBURG, June 30, 2012 — State Senator Judy Schwank said today that while the new state budget achieves an appropriate funding level, she voted against it because it fails to properly fund important programs and services. “This is a pass-the-buck budget” said Schwank, “It pushes costs down to local government and counties and, ultimately, the […]

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HARRISBURG, June 19, 2012 – State Sen. Judy Schwank today reminded dog owners that Pennsylvania law requires that they purchase an annual dog license. “Obtaining a state license is not only the law, but it’s also one more way you can show your love for your four-legged friend,” said Schwank, the Democratic chair of the […]

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