Press Releases

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 »

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 »