HARRISBURG, Aug. 15, 2011 – Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is calling for Senate Committee action on her legislation that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature by more than one third, from 253 to 163 members. Schwank, the author of Senate Bill 1079, said change is necessary not just to reduce costs, but so […]

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Reading, August 10, 2011 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined with Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent Hughes (D- Phila. Montgomery) and local officials to discuss the recently passed 2011-2012 state budget and other economic issues affecting Pennsylvania and the region. “Throughout the country and right here in Pennsylvania, we are facing serious economic challenges […]

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Reading, July 27, 2011 – Testifying today at a Public Utility Commission (PUC) public input hearing, state Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) expressed her concerns over the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) rate increase request. The PAWC is requesting a 13.3 percent increase in Senator Schwank’s district. She said many of her constituents would struggle to […]

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Harrisburg, June 28, 2011 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said she voted against the 2011-2012 state budget passed today by the Senate because of its failure to support vital programs for education, job growth and the environment. “We could have done better with this budget to build for the future and to offer hope […]

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Appropriation Would Have Resembled State Funding Level for 2010-11 Harrisburg, June 26, 2011 – In an effort to cushion the 19 percent budget cut to Penn State University funding, Senator Judy Schwank today offered an amendment that would restore Penn State funding to state funding levels for 2010-11.  The amendment was rejected by Senate Republicans. “With […]

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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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