Rep Bizzarro's bill against animal cruelty needed in Pennsylvania

(Feb 08, 2017)

http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/pennsylvania-ranks-near-the-bottom-of-pet-friendly-states/651770422 Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro says funding fight not over for Erie Schools

(Feb 08, 2017)

http://www.goerie.com/news/20170207/lawmakers-say-funding-fight-not-over-for-erie-schools Read more

 

Budget Proposal Puts the Middle Class First

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more

 

Bizzarro cautiously optimistic with governor’s proposed 2017-18 state budget without tax increases

(Feb 07, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is pleased with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed new budget investments which would mean additional funding for pre-K through higher education, providing effective treatment for people battling opioid addiction, retaining family-sustaining jobs and safeguarding our seniors. “All of the proposed state budget funding would be funding real life issues; we need to make smart decisions that balance the cost of government without sacrificing services to people,” Bizzarro said. “We are working out the budget without changes to the Personal Income Tax or sales tax rates.” Bizzarro said Pennsylvania faces a large deficit and passing a budget will not be easy. “I look forward to studying the governor’s plan in detail and that will take some time to review,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said additional funding is being proposed for the 14 state-owned universities. “I fully support an increase in funding to Edinboro University because it would be funding well spent and an investment in our future,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said it is a different kind of budget that would cut the cost of government while protecting what matters. The departmental budget hearings with the House Appropriations Committee begin Feb. 21 and end March 9. Read more

 

Local Erie Fire and EMS companies grant awards featured in GoErie

(Feb 07, 2017)

http://www.goerie.com/news/20170207/erie-area-fire-companies-ems-providers-receive-state-grant-money Read more

 

Bizzarro announces over $100,000 in state grants to 8 fire companies, EMS providers

(Feb 06, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced that eight fire and ambulance companies in the 3 rd Legislative District are receiving $108,176.89 in state grants to aid their operations. “One of the challenges our emergency personnel are faced with is to acquire much needed funding to keep functioning and to properly maintain their equipment,” Bizzarro said. “The state grant money provides financial support so that the people who protect us are adequately funded.” The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward purchasing equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Organizations in the 3 rd Legislative District receiving grants are: Central Erie County Paramedic Association -- $7,448.21 Edinboro VFD -- Fire $15,000 – EMS $7,448.21 Emergycare -- $7448.21 Kearsarge Fire Department -- $14,931.88 Lake Shore Fire Department -- $13,130.64 McKean Hose Company -- Fire $12,873.32, EMS $7,448.21 Millcreek Paramedic Service Inc. -- $7448.21 West Lake Fire Department -- $15,000 Read more

 

Thwarting animal abuse by supporting H.B.13

(Feb 06, 2017)

Opinion/Editorial FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro D-Erie www.pahouse.com/Bizzarro Thwarting animal abuse by supporting H.B. 13 In Pennsylvania, the penalty for stealing 50 cents from someone’s car is tougher than for stabbing a dog. Stealing the change out of a car is a third-degree misdemeanor and carries a jail sentence of up to a year and a $2,000 fine. Stabbing a dog is only a summary offense with a maximum penalty of a $750 fine and 90 days in jail, and even if convicted, the abuser can have the dog back. What is wrong with this picture? It’s appalling that the maximum punishment for abusing animals is the same as stealing those coins or a traffic ticket. Or for beating a horse to death in broad daylight and capturing it on video. Or for putting a firecracker under a turtle’s shell. Or for leaving an abandoned dog to die of mange and skin infections while locked in a cage. That is why I have reintroduced H.B. 13, which would set stricter penalties for animal abuse. Last session I championed this legislation (formerly H.B. 869) to change the landscape for animal protection in Pennsylvania. The legislation unanimously passed the state Senate and made it out of the House Rules Committee twice, but failed to secure a final vote before the legislative session ended. Anyone convicted of animal cruelty should never be given the animal back, and my Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro says Pennsylvanians are strapped and they just can't afford any additional taxes

(Feb 06, 2017)

Wolf to start Pa. budget negotiations in Tuesday address http://www.goerie.com/news/20170205/wolf-to-start-pa-budget-negotiations-in-tuesday-address See full story inside The governor has said broad-based tax increases are off the table for the 2017-18 fiscal year, but he will pursue an extraction tax on the natural gas ... Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro announced $7 million PENNVEST investment for the Edinboro Water Authority which serves Erie County

(Jan 25, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today a $7 million investment through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for the Edinboro Water Authority, which serves Erie County. The $7 million loan is aimed at constructing a 1.5 million gallon per day treatment plant, replacing the existing 0.5 million gallon finished water storage tank with a new 2 million gallon tank and replacing other water pumps and water lines and meters. “Our water treatment plant is in need of an upgrade to help ensure the health, safety and continuous public water for all people living in Erie,” Bizzarro said. “The dam lake has been determined to be an unsafe high hazard dam and this project would eliminate the potential threat of water outage and inundation in the water plant if the dam were to fail.” Bizzarro said also downstream from the lake dam and within the dam breech is a flood area, and the project would allow the authority’s water plant to be relocated out of the flood area. The project would increase the availability of water and improve the system’s pressure, fire flows and reduced continued service interruptions. “Once the project is constructed the authority would have a better means to provide and effectively operate and maintain the public water system facilities,” Bizzarro said. PENNVEST distributes low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro and members of Erie delegation honor Trevon Jenifer USA gold-medal-winner

(Jan 24, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and members of the Erie County delegation honored Trevon Jenifer of Edinboro, a member of Team USA’s gold-medal-winning wheelchair basketball team in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Bizzarro presented Jenifer with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation. Everyone from Erie County and from Pennsylvania are very proud of Trevon Jenifer who is no stranger to winning medals for the United States,” Bizzarro said. “Trevon’s commitment to excellence and his tremendous service to Erie and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are both admired and appreciated.” Jenifer was joined in the House chamber by James Glatch, head coach at Edinboro University, Laura Klass, Trevon’s fiancée, and his daughter, 15-month-old Saraeya Jenifer. “I wanted to recognize Trevon Jenifer for the significant Olympic milestones in his life,” Bizzarro said. “People are and always will be our greatest asset in life and please know that you are an important member of our team here in Harrisburg and your abilities and contributions are an important part of Erie County.” Last September, Trevon and Team USA brought home the gold from Brazil, defeating Spain 68 to 52 in the championship, and claiming the team’s overall gold medal and the first since winning gold in Seoul in 1988. The victory also completed a clean sweep for Team USA basketball in both women’s and Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro named to powerful 2017-2018 committees

(Jan 23, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that he has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Erie legislator was renamed to the Consumer Affairs and the prestigious Judiciary and Insurance committees. Bizzarro will serve as secretary of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee and vice-chairman of the Policy committee. “The committees that I will sit on deal with issues that affect people’s everyday lives,” Bizzarro said. “I am enthusiastically eager to start the new legislative session and work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle for the good of the people.” Bizzarro said in an age where consumer privacy is constantly threatened, he is looking forward to working on legislation that would safeguard his constituents. The committee also has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as well as many consumer issues. The committee has reviewed bills pertaining to issues such as vehicle lemon law, consumer privacy and contract language. “First and foremost is my commitment to my constituents and to the people of Pennsylvania so my committee appointments certainly fit the needs and interests of my district,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said the Judiciary Committee is front and center with the pending issue of the governor closing two state prisons. “I am also committed to ensuring our law enforcement Read more

 

Bomb Threat evacuates Erie Careerlink Center. Problems continue at UCC.

(Jan 23, 2017)

http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/bomb-threat-evacuates-erie-careerlink/642596551 Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro reintroduces animal cruelty

(Jan 23, 2017)

Erie News Now discusses Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty legislation that was reintroduced. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro reintroduces Libre's bill

(Jan 17, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has reintroduced Libre’s bill, H.B. 13 , that would set stricter penalties for animal abuse. “It’s appalling that the maximum punishment for abusing animals is the same as a traffic ticket for beating a horse to death in broad daylight and capturing it on video, putting a firecracker under a turtle’s shell and leaving an abandoned dog to die,” Bizzarro said. Last session, Bizzarro championed this legislation (formerly H.B. 869 ) to change the landscape for animal protection in Pennsylvania. The legislation unanimously passed the state Senate and made it out of the House Rules Committee twice, but failed to secure a final vote before the legislative session ended. “I am fully committed to getting the bill passed in both chambers and signed into law by the governor this session,” Bizzarro said. “We must seek justice for Libre and for all of the animals who suffer at the hands of offenders. It's time to finish what we started." The bill is named after a Boston terrier puppy named Libre. Libre captured national media headlines after being found in critical condition at a Lancaster County farm. The puppy and his mother were both surrendered by their owner and nursed back to health. The puppy became the face for animal rights supporters across Pennsylvania. In 2016, he even roamed the state Capitol halls and visited with legislators to generate support on the issue. The Read more

 

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today began his third term in the state House and elected vice chairman of Northwest Delegation

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to represent the 3 rd Legislative District in the 2017-18 legislative session. “I want to thank everyone for the great sense of responsibility they have bestowed upon me,” Bizzarro said. “My team and I hit the ground running in 2013 and have not stopped. We look forward to continuing serving the community and Commonwealth.” Bizzarro was elected by members of the House Democratic Northwest Delegation to serve as their vice chairman. “I am both honored to represent the constituents in my district during this crucial legislative session and to help lead the delegation,” Bizzarro said. “There are many important issues affecting the people I represent that the legislature needs to address.” Among the bills Bizzarro will be reintroducing this term include legislation that would establish same-day voter registration in Pennsylvania and stricter sentences for crimes against the elderly. Also, legislation designed by Bizzarro would direct the state Health Department to establish regulations to certify community paramedicine providers and allow them to expand their services. Under the proposal, emergency medical services providers would be able to deliver care to patients in their homes. Other Bizzarro priorities include protecting the elderly from abuse by those acting as power of attorney, Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro works on bills to provide incentives and benefits to volunteer firefighters and first responders

(Jan 03, 2017)

http://www.erienewsnow.com/story/34168953/local-volunteer-fire-departments-report-high-call-volume-but-low-community-support Read more

 

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center

(Dec 15, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has announced that the Erie Child Advocacy Center will receive a $13,598 grant to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse are getting the services they need. Bizzarro, a former victim witness coordinator and advocate for the Erie County District Attorney’s office, said he has always supported child advocacy centers in the state, especially by voting for Act 28 of 2014 to expand access to child advocacy centers and increase their availability to serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. “Having worked in the profession in the past, this topic is near and dear to my heart,” Bizzarro said. “We must help the children and adults who have suffered in the hands of abusers who now need further assistance and in Erie we will have that additional help.” The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved more than $1.3 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. Grants were approved for 36 different organizations throughout the state that assist victims of child sexual abuse, including Erie. Over $700,000 will be distributed to 15 service organizations that provide direct services to child abuse victims. Nearly $1 million will be distributed to 21 Child Advocacy Centers to enhance services, including increasing the number of medical examinations and counseling services and to develop satellites in underserved areas. Bizzarro said The Endowment Act directs the PCCD Read more

 

Veteran specialist to visit Bizzarro office Dec. 13

(Nov 23, 2016)

To assist veterans and their families, s tate Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced he will host a veteran specialist in his Millcreek office. Bizzarro said Shelly Messina of the Erie Veterans of Foreign Wars will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Bizzarro’s Millcreek Office, 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209 to lend help to veterans and their families. “A variety of important benefits and services are available to veterans and their families, survivors and next-of-kin from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies,” Bizzarro said. Messina will be in Bizzarro’s Millcreek office to assist veterans with understanding what benefits they have earned, filing appeals to existing claims, enrolling in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system and any other questions regarding benefits. In addition, Messina can help veterans with VA compensation claims, pension claims, aid and attendance claims, and death/dependency indemnity compensation claims. Bizzarro said Messina will be available to assist veterans on the second Tuesday of each month in his Millcreek office. No appointment is necessary. Constituents with questions may contact Bizzarro’s Millcreek office at 814-835-2880. Read more

 

Bizzarro to host 'Tips for Tots' to benefit children

(Nov 22, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is participating in “Tips for Tots” this year, which is an event that benefits the Toys for Tots Christmas program. Bizzarro is one of many superstar stewards at the Bourbon Barrel for an event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. “People act from the heart, not the head so giving is a personal act of kindness to make less fortunate children happy this season. This wonderful program brings Christmas to our local children with a message of hope and compassion,” Bizzarro said. The event features a buffet with an admission donation of $10 or a $5 gift donation. The event is supported by local merchants and businesses in Erie. Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The group’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys from now until December and distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks and it was launched as a national campaign. For more information visit the website at www.toysfortots.org Read more

 

Animal rights supporters urge action on Bizzarro bill

(Nov 14, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he was delighted that animal rights supporters from across Pennsylvania held a rally at the state Capitol today urging passage of his legislation that would include stricter penalties and requirements so animals are not returned to their abusers. Also included in Bizzarro’s bill is anti-tethering provisions and language to protect horses. The bill remains in the Rules Committee awaiting a House vote. Bizzarro said he continues to work with the House and Senate leadership to advance the legislation. "I will continue to push for this bill and, if need be, reintroduce the bill at the start of the next legislation session. We must seek justice for Libre," Bizzarro said. The House passed Bizzarro's bill ( H.B. 869 ) in April, but since the Senate amended the bill in October to include additional provisions related to animal cruelty, the House must pass it again before it can become law. The Senate changes came about after a Boston terrier, named Libre, was left in deteriorated health at a Lancaster County farm. Libre has since recovered and has been adopted. The bill also provides protection for horses, by increasing the penalty for killing, maiming, mutilating or torturing the animals. The current maximum penalty for horse cruelty is only a summary citation, similar to a traffic ticket. Other provisions of Bizzarro’s bill include: nyone who commits aggravated animal cruelty that results in serious Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro's bill against animal cruelty needed in Pennsylvania
Feb 08, 2017

Rep Bizzarro says funding fight not over for Erie Schools
Feb 08, 2017

Budget Proposal Puts the Middle Class First
Feb 07, 2017

Bizzarro cautiously optimistic with governor’s proposed 2017-18 state budget without tax increases
Feb 07, 2017

Local Erie Fire and EMS companies grant awards featured in GoErie
Feb 07, 2017

Bizzarro announces over $100,000 in state grants to 8 fire companies, EMS providers
Feb 06, 2017

Thwarting animal abuse by supporting H.B.13
Feb 06, 2017

Rep Bizzarro says Pennsylvanians are strapped and they just can't afford any additional taxes
Feb 06, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro announced $7 million PENNVEST investment for the Edinboro Water Authority which serves Erie County
Jan 25, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro and members of Erie delegation honor Trevon Jenifer USA gold-medal-winner
Jan 24, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro named to powerful 2017-2018 committees
Jan 23, 2017

Bomb Threat evacuates Erie Careerlink Center. Problems continue at UCC.
Jan 23, 2017

Rep Bizzarro reintroduces animal cruelty
Jan 23, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro reintroduces Libre's bill
Jan 17, 2017

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today began his third term in the state House and elected vice chairman of Northwest Delegation
Jan 03, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro works on bills to provide incentives and benefits to volunteer firefighters and first responders
Jan 03, 2017

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center
Dec 15, 2016

Veteran specialist to visit Bizzarro office Dec. 13
Nov 23, 2016

Bizzarro to host 'Tips for Tots' to benefit children
Nov 22, 2016

Animal rights supporters urge action on Bizzarro bill
Nov 14, 2016