Latest News

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 »

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 »