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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 »

More Than $40,000 Awarded to Berks Schools

Harrisburg, November 4, 2016 – State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced that two Berks County educational organizations have been awarded state grants totaling $40,577. The grants are for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.…...Continue reading »

$500,000 Awarded to RACC

Harrisburg, October 28, 2016 – Today Gov. Tom Wolf awarded $500,000 in Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to renovate Reading Area Community College’s science laboratory, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-126th District) and Rep. Thomas Caltagirone…...Continue reading »

Senate Passes Truancy Bill

Harrisburg – October 26, 2016 − The State Senate today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would significantly change the state’s truancy laws. The legislation, spurred by the 2014 death of a Berks…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces $180,000 in State Grants to Improve Recreation in the 11th Senate District

Harrisburg – October 24, 2016 – State Senator Judith L. Schwank today announced that two Berks County municipalities, Laureldale Borough and Exeter Township, have been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for $180,000 in grant funding through the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation…...Continue reading »

Senator Judy Schwank Sponsoring Two College Financial Aid Events This Week

Harrisburg, October 17, 2016 – On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m., Senator Judy Schwank is sponsoring her annual College Financial Aid Awareness Seminar in the Commissioners Board Room of the Muhlenberg Township Building, 210 George Street, Reading,…...Continue reading »

Schwank Legislation Supporting Women with Post-Partum Depression Clears Committee

Harrisburg – Sept. 28, 2016 – Legislation sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank that would provide early intervention services for infants and mothers when the mother is affected by post-partum depression received unanimous support today from the Senate committee on Public Health…...Continue reading »

Schwank Introduces Legislation Shielding Farms from Realty Transfer Tax

Harrisburg – Sept. 27, 2016 – State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today introduced legislation to reinstate a decades old program that exempts agricultural conservation easements from Pennsylvania’s Realty Transfer Tax (RTT). The proposed bill would provide exemptions for 270 farms…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Jozwiak: State Grant Paves Way for New Industrial Development, Jobs

Harrisburg, September 16, 2016 − More than $2.5 million in grant funds from Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) will be used to transform a brownfield site near the Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township into an industrial park, State Senator Judy Schwank…...Continue reading »

Schwank: Two Berks County Farms Help Pennsylvania Reach Land Preservation Milestone

Harrisburg – Aug. 24, 2016 – State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) congratulated the owners of two Berks County farms who joined the ranks of more than 5,000 Pennsylvania farms preserved through the efforts of the State Agricultural Land Preservation Board.…...Continue reading »

Upgrades for Reading Waste Water Treatment Facility Approved by PENNVEST

Harrisburg - Aug. 11, 2016 - Upgrades at Reading's Fritz Island Waste Water Treatment Facility will be completed thanks to $27.1 million in additional funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said today. "I'm…...Continue reading »

Schwank Looks Forward to Future of Hemp Industry in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg - July 22, 2016 - Legislation recently signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf legalizing the growing of industrial hemp in Pennsylvania represents a significant step forward for the agricultural industry in Pennsylvania, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said…...Continue reading »

State Infrastructure Loan for Reading Airport Industrial/Business Park

HARRISBURG — July 1, 2016 — The Berks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA) was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for a state low-interest Business In Our Sites (BIOS) loan in the amount of $1,119,709 to improve electrical infrastructure…...Continue reading »

Berks County Environmental Groups Approved for $470k State Investment, Sen. Schwank, Reps. Caltagirone, Rozzi Announce

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – Three regional conservation, watershed protection, and civic improvement groups will receive a total of $470,000 in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the outdoor experience for Berks County residents. Sen.…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank, Reps. Caltagirone, Rozzi Announce A Nearly $1 million State Investment to Improve Skyline Drive

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – Historic Skyline Drive will soon be receiving much needed upgrades thanks to a $969,298 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to reconstruct a 2.4 mile stretch of Skyline Drive in…...Continue reading »

Frankel, Schwank Praise Supreme Court Decision on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2016 – Two co-chairs of the legislature's Women's Health Caucus praised today's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion law that caused all but a few clinics there to close. The number of clinics in…...Continue reading »

State Senate Roundtable in Muhlenberg Twp. Focuses on Zika Virus

Reading - June 9, 2016 - At the request of state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today on Pennsylvania's Zika Virus response plan that focused on measures available for state, local and…...Continue reading »