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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Harrisburg, October 20, 2011 – Testimony before a joint legislative hearing today strongly supports the call for changing the authority and restrictions in Pennsylvania law relating to municipal government, state Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said after the hearing.   “It’s obvious that our current laws no longer give communities the tools they need to look after their well-being. In too many cases, […]

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Day Care, Adult Care, Job Training, School-to-Work Transition, and Green Jobs are Targeted HARRISBURG, October 18, 2011 – – Today members of the Senate Democratic caucus unveiled legislation to be introduced this week to supplement the “PA Works Now” job creation plan, which has become the centerpiece of their agenda for the fall session. Senate […]

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Harrisburg, October 13, 2011 — An additional 285 acres of Berks County farmland will be preserved through the purchase of conservation easements valued at $681,127 dollars that were approved today by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Preservation Board member. According to Sen. Schwank, the following farms will […]

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READING, Oct. 11, 2011— Students who suffered severe losses as a result of the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be entitled to state grant award reconsideration from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), according to state Sen. Judy Schwank. “Many families were devastated by September’s flooding,” Schwank said. “As […]

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