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Schwank Hosting Aging Parent Conference to Honor Late Mother

Reading, August 1, 2018  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting a free Aging Parent Conference on Sept. 5, 2018, at the McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine Street, adjacent to Alvernia University. The conference is inspired by Schwank’s late…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Traffic Signal Improvements Announcement

Reading, July 12, 2018  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades. Funding comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go”…...Continue reading »

Schwank Resolution to Study Dairy Industry Passes Senate

Harrisburg, June 18, 2018  − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) to study the Commonwealth’s dairy industry was approved by the Senate today. Senate Resolution 384, which Schwank introduced last week, directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to…...Continue reading »

Schwank Bill on SNAP Trafficking Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, June 6, 2018 − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) that would increase penalties against merchants or vendors who exploit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by trafficking SNAP cards was approved by the…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Farmer Roundtable Discussion

Reading, June 1, 2018 State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is inviting Berks farmers to a roundtable discussion with Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center Auditorium at…...Continue reading »

Schwank Invites Constituents for Coffee at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery

Reading, May 21, 2018 − Sen. Judy Schwank is inviting constituents to meet her for coffee, doughnuts and conversation at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery at 1245 Penn Avenue in Wyomissing from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May…...Continue reading »

Spotted Lanternfly Informational Videos Available on Senator Schwank’s Website

Reading, May 8, 2018 − In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released six instructional videos relating to the identification and control of the spotted lanternfly. In the videos, three Extension educators – Emelie Swackhamer, Amy Korman and Don…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Opportunity Zones Announcement

Reading, April 20, 2018 − State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 300 census tracts across the commonwealth have been nominated as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Qualified Opportunity Zones are a tool for promoting long-term…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Vulakovich Introduce Sextortion Legislation

Harrisburg, April 18, 2018 – Senators Judy Schwank (D-11) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct. Senate Bill 1134 would establish sextortion as a specific criminal offense with consequences comparable to similar…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Tax Workshop for Working Families

Reading, April 2, 2018  Sen. Judy Schwank and Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella are hosting an event to help working families find money they are entitled to this tax season. The event, Financial Freedom for Working Families, is part of a…...Continue reading »

Gender Diversity Encouraged Through Senate Resolution 255

Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 – Sponsored by Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-Berks County), the Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh (EWC) has been instrumental in bringing Senate Resolution 255 to the forefront. The Resolution, titled “Encouraging equitable and diverse gender representation…...Continue reading »

Schwank Votes in Favor of Bills Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Harrisburg, March 21, 2018– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted in favor of a package of bipartisan bills pertaining to domestic violence. The bills are aimed to empower victims of domestic violence by helping them leave their abusers and controlling…...Continue reading »

Senators Pushing Reform Of Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare System

HARRISBURG − March 20, 2018 − Stating that child protection is a foremost government responsibility, two state Senators have launched a push to reform laws, regulations, and funding for Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. Sens. Lisa Baker, R-20th, and Judy Schwank,…...Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Propose Legislation to Bolster Farmers, Agriculture Production

Harrisburg – March 12, 2018 – Bolstering farms and farmers, promoting the use of locally produced food and significantly increasing a tax credit to spur job creation and investment in rural communities is the focus of a package of bills…...Continue reading »

Schwank Initiative to Rename Route 176 in Honor of Veterans Becomes Law

Harrisburg, February 15, 2018 − A road-naming bill to rename Route 176 in Berks County in honor of veterans was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf. Berks County’s inclusion in the bill was the result of the efforts of…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Fifth Model Senate

Reading, February 13, 2018  −Four dozen high school students from 13 Berks County schools will get a close-up look at being a legislator on Thursday, Feb. 15, during Sen. Judy Schwank’s fifth annual “Berks County Model Senate.” The event, which…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Funding for Spotted Lanternfly Control

Harrisburg, February 7, 2018– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is encouraged by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement of $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. “USDA has recognized how…...Continue reading »

Schwank Resolution Calls for Women in Senior Management

Harrisburg, January 22, 2018 − Today State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) introduced a resolution that would encourage Pennsylvania corporations to pursue more equal and diverse gender representation in senior management and on boards of directors.  “Companies benefit from the input…...Continue reading »

National Agriculture Day Essay Contest

Reading, January 18, 2018 – 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 Lauds Gov. Wolf’s Announcement of Reading Grants

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017  − Three organizations in Reading will receive a total of $2.25 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to revitalization the city and improve educational opportunities for students and the community at large. Gov.…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosted Pennsylvania Inspector General Kick Off Event

Reading, December 14, 2017  − State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) hosted a press conference with State Inspector General Bruce Beemer to heighten public awareness of welfare fraud and announce a new enforcement initiative to stop the illegal sale of Supplemental…...Continue reading »

Schwank Initiative to Rename Route 176 in Honor of Veterans Passes Senate

Harrisburg, December 13, 2017  A road-naming bill to rename Route 176 in Berks County in honor of veterans was approved today by the Pennsylvania Senate. Berks County’s inclusion in the bill was the result of the efforts of State Sen. Judy…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Agenda for Women’s Health

HARRISBURG, December 12, 2017 – The Women’s Health Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative group supporting women’s health issues, introduced the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health in a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The agenda is a package of bills…...Continue reading »

Schwank Thrilled about Industrial Hemp Program Expansion

Reading, December 7, 2017  − The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently expanded the industrial hemp program, which allows hemp to be grown for research purposes. Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) spearheaded the legislation that legalized the growing of industrial hemp in…...Continue reading »

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 »