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Schwank Hosting MLK Remembrance Event Thursday, April 4

Reading, April 2, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting an event to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is being held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 436 S. 7th Street in Reading at 1…...Continue reading »

Reading Receives Funding for Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety

Harrisburg, March 25, 2019  A Reading local recreation project was approved today for a $725,000 Multi-Modal Transportation Grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi.  The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved…...Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Push Legislation to Aid Farmers, Bolster Local Agriculture, Develop Markets

Hughes, Schwank, Haywood offer multi-faceted approach Harrisburg – March 6, 2019 – Senate Democrats said today that they are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and…...Continue reading »

Schwank Introduces Hemp Legislation

Harrisburg, March 5, 2019 − Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) recently introduced legislation to expand hemp production in Pennsylvania. SB335, the Industrial Hemp Act, recognizes hemp as an allowable cosmetic ingredient, food, food additive or herb to be regulated as any other…...Continue reading »

Bartolotta and Schwank Bill Would Improve Screening, Treatment of Postpartum Depression

HARRISBURG – February 28, 2019 – Bipartisan legislation would improve screening and treatment of new mothers affected by postpartum depression, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Judy Schwank (D-11). The Prenatal and Postpartum Counseling and Screening Act…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Caernarvon Township Approved for State Grant

Harrisburg, February 1, 2019  − Caernarvon Township will receive $208,854 in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by PennDOT, Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. The funds will be used to decrease the turning radius from Route 10 onto Shiloh…...Continue reading »

Schwank to Continue in Senate Leadership Role

Harrisburg, January 8, 2018  Sen. Judy Schwank was again appointed to Senate leadership by being renamed 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…...Continue reading »

Schwank and Rozzi Hosting Free ACA Event Dec. 12, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner to Speak

Reading, December 5, 2018  − State Sen. Judy Schwank and State Rep. Mark Rozzi are hosting a free Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Muhlenberg Township Building at 210 George Street on Dec.…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Reading School District Receives School Violence Prevention Grant

READING, October 17, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Education $1 million to equip students and educators across the state with strategies to prevent school violence, State Sen. Judy…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Nearly $2 million in Grants for Berks County

Harrisburg, October 12, 2018  − Today the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that nearly 200 county and municipal governments will be getting a boost to their recycling and leaf collection programs this year, thanks to $37 million in Recycling…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Kutztown School District Grant

Harrisburg, October 5, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools has selected Kutztown Area School District to receive $10,190 for programming to address school violence, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. Specifically, the district was the…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Exeter Approved for State Grant

Harrisburg, October 2, 2018 − Exeter Township will receive $2.9 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by PennDOT, Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. The funds will strengthen the township’s efforts to increase safety along Perkiomen Avenue. Exeter Township…...Continue reading »

PA Partnerships for Children Honors Sen. Schwank for Dedication to Children’s Issues

HARRISBURG, PA – October 1, 2018 – Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) today presented Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) with its annual “Be Someone for Kids” award in recognition of her work to enact public policies that benefit the commonwealth’s children.…...Continue reading »

ESU Names Judith L. Schwank Legislative Fellow for 2018

East Stroudsburg, PA − September 27, 2018 − East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced the selection of its 2018 Legislative Fellow, State Senator Judith L. Schwank, at a breakfast held in her honor on Thursday, September 27. ESU President Marcia…...Continue reading »

Sextortion Legislation Passes Senate

Harrisburg, September 26, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct. Senate Bill 1134, which Schwank and Vulakovich introduced earlier this…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Additional Funds to Berks Heim

Reading, September 20, 2018  − Due to the privatization of a York County home, the Berks Heim is estimated to receive an additional $596,000 during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. “The Berks Heim has a…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds New Dairy Grant Funding

Reading, September 20, 2018  Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the availability of $5 million in grant funding to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers overcome challenges and capitalize on new opportunities. This historic funding, made available for the first time under the…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Three Projects Approved for State Grants 

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – Three local recreation and conservation projects were approved today for grant funding totaling $375,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi.   The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants for:  Berks…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank Announces Thirteen Berks Municipalities Approved for State Grants 

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – Thirteen Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $1.325 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve water and sewer services.  Sen. Judy Schwank today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved Small Water and Sewer System grants for:  Robeson Township…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce $500,000 to Berks Community Health Center

READING, September 11, 2018 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved $500,000 in grant funds from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for The Berks Community Health Center to open a new location in Northeast Reading, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) State…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting BCTV Show on Dairy Industry

Reading, August 17, 2018 State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting a live telecast on BCTV on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. The program is on the dairy industry and will include a panel conversation between Pennsylvania Department of…...Continue reading »

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 »