READING, March 10, 2015 – Sen. Judy Schwank will join Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, Sen. Mike Folmer and others at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, during a town hall meeting dealing with proposals to allow medical cannabis and industrial hemp in Pennsylvania. Sen. Schwank is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 50, which would allow the […]

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HARRISBURG, March 10, 2015 – In conjunction with the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, state Sen. Judy Schwank is reminding Pennsylvania veterans that the time is now to apply for special one-time payments in honor of their service during Persian Gulf operations in 1990 and 1991. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. […]

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HARRISBURG, March 3, 2015 – State Sen. Judy Schwank issued the following statement today after listening to Gov. Tom Wolf present his first budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly: “Gov. Wolf has presented an assertive and wide ranging budget that opens the door to many opportunities for the commonwealth. He has […]

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READING, Feb. 26, 2015 – Frustrated by inadequate proposals to address Pennsylvania’s multi-billion dollar public and municipal pension problems, Sen. Judy Schwank today said she has formally introduced her bill to create an expert panel that would devise the best solution to the crisis. Senate Bill 564 would create the Public Pensions Review Commission and […]

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HARRISBURG, Feb. 25, 2015 – State Sen. Judy Schwank and advocates will hold a press conference at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the senator’s district office, to announce the introduction of her bill to best address Pennsylvania’s pension crisis. The combined unfunded pension liability for the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the State […]

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Berks County area leaders see some big opportunities with the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia in 2016 – and not just for Democrats. The Democratic party announced Thursday that Philadelphia landed the convention, and local Democrats said that they hope it gets the party excited and sparks more participation. But hosting a political gathering […]

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READING, Feb. 12, 2015 – Pennsylvania farmers would be able to grow a new cash crop and participate in a wide range of manufacturing opportunities if a bill that Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) formally introduced today. Senate Bill 50 would re-establish the industrial hemp industry in Pennsylvania. “From paper to fuel, […]

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HARRISBURG, Feb. 12, 2015 – Add another 250 acres of Berks County land to Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program. The three tracts, valued at nearly $625,000, were approved for inclusion in the record-setting operation today by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Sen. Judy Schwank said. The 250 acres added by the panel now mean 687 […]

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