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Schwank to Tour Hazardous Site Cleanup

Reading, November 15, 2017  State Sen. Judy Schwank will review cleanup efforts in Ruscombmanor Township Thursday morning. The cleanup is the result of state actions after a township resident found lead battery casings and residue on a private lane. The…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Three Berks Municipalities Approved for State Grants

Harrisburg, November 14, 2017 − Three Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $1.3 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve recreation services and transportation along 5th Street Highway. Sen. Judy Schwank today said the Commonwealth…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting a Home Water Workshop

Reading, November 2, 2017 − Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting a Home Water Workshop for residents who get their drinking water from a private well, spring or cistern on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Penn State Berks, 1800 Broadcasting Road. The event…...Continue reading »

State Senate Committee Discusses Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

Philadelphia – November 1, 2017 – At the request of state Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion at City Hall on strategies for preventing street harassment. “It is really important to have…...Continue reading »

Schwank Named to Pennsylvania Commission for Women

Harrisburg, October 25, 2017 − Gov. Tom Wolf recently named Sen. Judy Schwank to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor…...Continue reading »

Schwank Bill on POW-MIA Flag Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, October 25, 2017  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would require the POW-MIA flag to be flown whenever the American and state flags are flown on state grounds was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 882,…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Financial Aid Seminar

Reading, September 26, 2017 – Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency are holding a College Financial Aid Awareness Seminar at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Muhlenberg Township Building to inform high school juniors…...Continue reading »

Schwank Bill on POW-MIA Flag Approved by Senate State Government Committee

Reading, September 21, 2017 − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would require the POW-MIA flag to be flown whenever the American and state flags are flown on state grounds received unanimous support from the Senate State Government Committee. In…...Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Hail Gov. Wolf’s Call for Testing of Young Children

Senate Democrats have been in the forefront of efforts to address exposure to lead Harrisburg – September 1, 2017 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and Senate Democrats applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s support of universal testing of children under the…...Continue reading »

Schwank to Hold Child Care Seminar on Aug. 22

Reading, August 16, 2017 −  Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a Child Care Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library on Tuesday, Aug. 22. In a panel discussion, representatives from Community Services for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education…...Continue reading »

Rick Kauffman Named to Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

Harrisburg, July 18, 2017 – On Monday, July 17th, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Rick Kauffman’s appointment by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Kauffman, Bern Township, was nominated by Sen. Judy Schwank. “Rick served Penn State Extension…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Argall Bill on Work Zone Speed Cameras Passes Senate

Harrisburg, June 10, 2017  A bill introduced by Sen. Judy Schwank and Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 172, which Schwank…...Continue reading »

YMCA Honors Sen. Schwank with Champion of Youth Award

HARRISBURG, April 20, 2017 – The State YMCA of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs honored Sen. Judy Schwank with a Champion of Youth Award at the 2017 YMCA Champions of Youth Luncheon. The luncheon, held at the…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank and Sen. Vogel Announce Grain Dealer Bonding Act

HARRISBURG, April 19, 2017 – This week Sen. Schwank and Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47) introduced legislation meant to protect farmers from grain brokers who suddenly go out of business. A grain broker, or dealer, is someone who buys grain from…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank Announces Four Berks Municipalities Approved for State Grants

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 – Four Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $450,000 in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve water and sewer services. Sen. Judy Schwank today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Opioid Addiction Awareness Event

Reading, February 23, 2017 – State Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an opioid addiction awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.  The event, Coping with Opioid Addiction: Real Life…...Continue reading »

Schwank Introduces Bill to Provide Equitable State Police Coverage for Municipalities Without Police

HARRISBURG, February 15, 2017 – Today Sen. Judy Schwank proposed a bill to ensure state police have sufficient resources to provide public safety services. Schwank (D-Berks) said Senate Bill 382 would offset funds the state provides to municipalities from motor…...Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Call for Special Session on Property Tax Relief or Elimination

Harrisburg – February 1, 2017 – State Senate Democrats said that Gov. Tom Wolf should call a special session of the General Assembly to ensure that legislation that results in significant property tax relief or total elimination is passed and…...Continue reading »

Bartolotta, Schwank Reintroduce Postpartum Depression Proposal

HARRISBURG, February 1, 2017 – Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Judy Schwank (D-11) reintroduced legislation today that would extend early intervention services to newborn and infant children of mothers affected by postpartum depression (PPD). Pennsylvania has a monitoring system in…...Continue reading »

National Agriculture Day Essay Contest

Reading, January 25, 2017 – State Sen. Judy Schwank, Berks Country and the Berks Agricultural Resource Network invite Berks County students to share their thoughts about farming in an essay and video contest celebrating National Ag Day. The day reminds…...Continue reading »

Schwank and Lt. Governor Mike Stack to Host Seminar on Dealing with Criminal Records

Reading, January 18, 2017  Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an informational seminar on pardons, expungements and the new Limited Access processes on Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Township municipal building at 210 George Street....Continue reading »

Schwank to Chair Public Health & Welfare, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees

Reading, December 29, 2016  Sen. Judy Schwank will serve as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee, as well as continue her post as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, Sen.…...Continue reading »

Scrape Eggs to Control the Spotted Lanternfly

Harrisburg, December 14, 2016  In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released an instructional video demonstrating how to kill spotted lanternfly eggs. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest that state officials worry could damage the state’s…...Continue reading »

Schwank Named to Leadership

Harrisburg, December 8, 2016 − Senator Judy Schwank was named the Democratic vice-chair of the Senate Appropriations committee by Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). The committee is the legislative panel charged with allocating billions of taxpayer dollars throughout the commonwealth.…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank and Rep. Gillen Announce $1.6 Million State Investment in Berks

HARRISBURG, December 6, 2016 – Two Berks County economic development/transportation enhancement projects will receive much needed boosts thanks to $1.6 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funds will strengthen Muhlenberg Township’s…...Continue reading »