Harrisburg, June 23, 2011 – A number of Berks County municipalities have received state grants totaling $62,772 for local recycling programs, according to state Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks). “Recycling is a vital part of keeping our local communities clean and our environment safe,” Schwank said.  “These funds will go a long way to help communities […]

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Harrisburg, June 22, 2011 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today introduced legislation to establish a general right to vote prior to scheduled Election Days. “Voting is a right, and exercising it should not be a test of someone’s ability, commitment or simple good luck to get to the polling booth between 7 a.m. and […]

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Reading, June 16, 2011– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined with several law enforcement officials today to hold a gun safety event at her district office.  The event was intended to promote safe handling and storing of personal firearms. “Proper storage and handling of firearms, especially in homes with small children, is crucial,” Schwank said.  […]

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Harrisburg, June 14, 2011– State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) hailed efforts today by the Senate Aging and Youth Committee to protect PACE and PACENET enrollees with legislation that would prevent their losing benefits because of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to Social Security. “We need to make sure that seniors can get the prescriptions they need,” said Schwank, […]

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Harrisburg, June 13, 2011– State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) has introduced legislation requiring the state to more efficiently pay for the costs of county children’s services agencies. “The state has really been riding on counties’ shoulders to pay for the services to protect abused and dependent children,” Senator Schwank said. “It’s a method that is […]

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Harrisburg, May 25, 2011 – Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly by more than a third. “The legislature has to be unleashed from the old way of thinking, which costs taxpayers millions of dollars more each year than is either appropriate or […]

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Harrisburg, May 24, 2011 – Senator Judith L. Schwank applauded Senate approval today of truants legislation that was initiated by the late Senator Michael A. O’Pake. “This was one of the last bills that Mike authored in his career,” Senator Schwank said. “I’m very happy that one of my earliest votes as his successor allowed […]

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Reading, May 18, 2011 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today announced that she will be holding an open house at her district office this Thursday, May 19 from 2 to 7 p.m.  The office is located at the Rockland Professional Center, 1940 North 13th Street, Suite 232, Reading, PA 19604. “I am pleased to […]

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Harrisburg, May 10, 2011 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today, welcomed Senate passage of a ban on the sale of bath salts being misused to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs. “The Senate heard the urgent message that law enforcement and health officials have been sending us,” Senator Schwank said. “The speed with […]

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Harrisburg, May 6, 2011 – Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today welcomed the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to return enforcement authority of Marcellus Shale drilling operations to DEP field investigators. Schwank, Democratic chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, on April 11 called on Corbett to have the authority restored after DEP […]

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