Press Releases

Legislators Announce Berks County to Receive More Than $800,000 in Grants

READING, September 12, 2019 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee has granted Berks County more than $800,000 across six projects aimed to address drug court initiatives and projects to help victims of crime, State…...Continue reading »

Senator Judy Schwank Sponsoring Two College Financial Aid Events

Reading, September 10, 2019  On Thursday, September 26, beginning at 6 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, Pennsylvania.  And,…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Jozwiak: Reading Airport to Receive $300,000

READING, August 28, 2019 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved $348,750 in grant funds through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program, and the Multimodal Fund for Reading Airport to make infrastructure and equipment upgrades State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks)…...Continue reading »

Legislators React to Grand Jury Report Calling for New System of Investigating Sexual Misconduct Claims

HARRISBURG, August 26, 2019 – After a months-long review of a sexual misconduct complaint against a former Pennsylvania House member, a Dauphin County grand jury has called for the Pennsylvania Legislature to create a new, independent Office of Legislative Responsibility…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Second Aging Parent Conference

Reading, August 8, 2019  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is again hosting a free Aging Parent Conference on Sept. 5, 2019, at Muhlenberg Middle School, 801 E Bellevue Avenue. The conference is aimed to serve the adults who already are…...Continue reading »

$1.5 Million Awarded to Rehabilitate Reading Building

Harrisburg, August 1, 2019 − Today Gov. Tom Wolf awarded $1.5 million Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to rehabilitate the Berks County Trust Company Building in Reading, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. The grant was awarded to the…...Continue reading »

Joint Statement On Wolf Administration Efforts To Increase Protection of Vulnerable Populations

HARRISBURG — July 31, 2019 — In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement of Executive Order 2019-05 and directives intended to increase protection of vulnerable populations, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) said they were pleased the administration…...Continue reading »

PA Senate Democratic Caucus Decries Changes to SNAP Program, Urges PA Congressional Delegation to Oppose

Harrisburg, Pa. – July 29, 2019 – Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, urging that the federal Department of Agriculture does not end automatic eligibility for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)…...Continue reading »

PennDOT Agrees to Deploy Automated Speed Enforcement Unit in Fall in I-78 Work Zones

HARRISBURG, July 29, 2019 – State Senators David Argall (R-29) and Judith L. Schwank (D-11) announced today that PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards has agreed to their joint request to deploy automated speed enforcement units in work zones along Interstate 78…...Continue reading »

Schwank Sponsoring Legislation to Allow Municipalities to Limit Fireworks

Harrisburg, July 17, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is proposing legislation to grant municipalities the authority to regulate and limit the use of fireworks in their cities, boroughs and townships. Schwank has received many complaints about the use of…...Continue reading »

Schwank Pleased with Overall Budget, Disappointed by Lack of Movement in Property Tax Reform

Harrisburg, June 27, 2019 -- The Pennsylvania legislature passed a $34 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted for the budget and was pleased with several aspects of it, like the $25 million increase in…...Continue reading »

Schwank Proposal Naming Fleetwood Borough Road, ‘Alex J. Szoke Highway’ Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, June 26, 2019 − A bill containing a proposal by state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would name the first block of West Main Street in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County, as the “Alex J. Szoke Highway” has been approved…...Continue reading »

Members of Pa Senate Democratic Caucus Request Disaster Declaration on Gun Violence

Harrisburg, Pa. − June 24, 2019 − Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus today jointly sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf requesting a disaster declaration for gun violence in the Commonwealth. “We believe it is necessary to raise…...Continue reading »

Schwank Warns of Scam Targeting Senior Citizens

Harrisburg, June 18, 2019 − State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is warning residents of a scam targeting Property Tax or Rent Rebate recipients. Schwank’s office was notified of a scam that consists of unsolicited calls from a person claiming to…...Continue reading »

Senate, House Members Unveil Elections Reform Proposals

Harrisburg PA – June 4, 2019 – State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) led House and Senate Democrats in announcing several voting reform proposals Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda.  The legislators were joined by a…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announcing Vaccination Legislation

Reading, May 15, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is holding a press conference at Reading Hospital - Tower Health’s campus to announce pending legislation that addresses school vaccinations. The bill would require completion of a standardized form for requesting…...Continue reading »

Members of the Task Force on Lead Exposure Discuss Legislative Recommendations of Advisory Committee and Task Force Report on Lead Exposure

    Harrisburg, May 7, 2019 – Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joins legislative members of the Task Force on Lead Exposure at a press conference today to discuss the legislative recommendations that were part of ‘Lead Exposure Risks and Response…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces $2 Million in Local School and Community Safety Grants

Harrisburg, Pa − April 30, 2019 − Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today announced the following state funding for school and community safety in the 11th Senate District, which Schwank represents: Berks Career and Technical Center, $367,626; Brandywine Heights Area School District,…...Continue reading »

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 »