HARRISBURG, March 21, 2016 – Two of Pennsylvania’s leading legislative voices for better performance and oversight of the commonwealth’s judicial system will hold a press conference at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22, to call for judicial performance and oversight proposals to be considered and for further measures against former Supreme Court Justice Eakin and […]

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HARRISBURG, March 16, 2016 – State Sen. Judy Schwank’s proposal to return hemp as a legal, cash crop in Pennsylvania was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 50, which Schwank and Sen. Mike Folmer introduced more than a year ago, was approved by the upper chamber, 49-0. “The United States imports $650 million […]

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HARRISBURG, March 16, 2016 – The state Senate Health and Welfare Committee today unanimously approved a proposal by state Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) calling for a broad study of addiction treatment concerns in Pennsylvania. The proposal now goes to the full Senate for consideration. “The sharp increases in heroin and opioid abuse in recent years […]

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  HARRISBURG, Feb. 18, 2016 – Five more Berks County farms totaling 393 acres will be protected from future development following the approval of their applications today by Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program, state Sen. Judy Schwank said. “We closed out 2015 by preserving Berks County’s 700th farm and I’m pleased to report that we are […]

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February 1, 2016: Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) and Representative Mark Rozzi (D-126) today announced that Lower Alsace Township has been awarded a $41,300 Municipal Services Program Shared Services Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to enhance a joint code enforcement program with Mount Penn Borough. According to the state legislators, the […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 28, 2016 – Work to improve trails and parks in Berks County received new state investments of about $490,000 today, state Sen. Judy Schwank and Rep. Mark Rozzi announced. The investments, from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are called Community Conservation Partnership Program grants, or C2P2, and target Hopewell Big Woods, […]

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 27, 2016 – State Sen. Judy Schwank, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Address, issued the following statement today after voting against the report the committee submitted to the full Senate by a 5-2 vote.

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HARRISBURG, Dec. 10, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program approved the entry of three Berks County farms today, bringing the number of local tracts protected from future development to 700, state Sen. Judy Schwank said today. “Berks County loves its farms and ag-related industries, and protecting our 700th farm is significant and praise-worthy,” Sen. Schwank, […]

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Harrisburg – Dec. 3, 2015 – Legislation that would preserve a tool that the agriculture industry uses to finance projects is now on its way to the governor for his signature into law, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), the bill’s author. “The legislation removes the sunset provisions in law related to the First […]

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HARRISBURG, Nov. 24, 2015 – Because of the hard work and groundswell of support from Berks County residents and Pennsylvanians, state Sen. Judy Schwank said today she is disappointed with the Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have eliminated the regressive property tax, but she said she will fight on to change how the […]

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