The case for same-day voter registration

(May 27, 2015)

Here's a simple question: Did you vote in the primary on May 19? If you did, I commend you for exercising your basic right to elect our leaders and make your voice heard. But if you didn't vote, I'd encourage you to ask yourself why you didn't. Were you too busy? Did you forget? Are you unregistered, and did you find the voter registration process in Pennsylvania a bit inconvenient and antiquated? Read more

 

Bill aims to stiffen penalties for animal cruelty offenders

(Apr 29, 2015)

A recent case of animal cruelty is sparking local discussion regarding penalties in place for those who abuse, neglect and torture animals. In the State of Pennsylvania, first-time animal cruelty offenders receive a summary offense. However, legislation making it's way through Harrisburg would impose a harsher punishment, if passed. Read more

 

Pa. House approves Bizzarro bill to help prevent elder abuse

(Apr 22, 2015)

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said the state House of Representatives today unanimously passed his legislation to provide extra protection against elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. Read more

 

Pa. House OKs Bizzarro bill to protect against elder abuse

(Apr 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said the state House of Representatives today unanimously passed his legislation to provide extra protection against elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. Read more

 

Global Youth Service Day

(Apr 21, 2015)

Today more than 500 students committed their day to the service of others at Global Youth Service Day. Students from various schools and youth centers completed service projects throughout Erie to help make the community a better place to live. Read more

 

Veterans treatment courts would offer rehabilitation instead of jail time for nonviolent offenders

(Apr 16, 2015)

State lawmakers are working to create a hybrid of drug and mental health courts for veterans across the Pennsylvania to keep nonviolent servicemen and women out of jail and in treatment. Read more

 

Bizzarro and Teplitz call for statewide veterans' courts

(Apr 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 15 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, today held a joint news conference at the state Capitol to reintroduce their legislation that would establish veterans’ courts statewide. Read more

 

Bizzarro bill to combat elder abuse reported out of House committee

(Apr 14, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said the state House Judiciary Committee today approved his legislation designed to protect against elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. Read more

 

Pa. bill would require forfeiture in animal cruelty cases

(Apr 02, 2015)

Pennsylvanians convicted of animal cruelty would have to give up the animals they harmed under legislation pending in the state legislature. Read more

 

Legislation to combat animal cruelty

(Apr 02, 2015)

According to experts, an animal is abused every 60 seconds in the U.S. Pennsylvania House Bill 869 is proposed to prevent animal cruelty and remove animals from owners who are convicted of abusing their pets. Read more

 

Bizzarro introduces measure to curb animal cruelty in Pa.

(Apr 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has recently introduced legislation designed to prevent animal cruelty and prohibit convicted animal abusers from further caring for animals they have harmed. Read more

 

Erie nonprofit obtains $70,000 grant for veterans' housing initiatives

(Mar 28, 2015)

An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans' housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek Township, announced this morning. Read more

 

Erie nonprofit awarded $70,000 in state funding for veterans’ housing endeavors

(Mar 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans’ housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more

 

Speakers testify at Democratic panel hearing in Millcreek

(Mar 26, 2015)

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes to double the state's tourism marketing budget in his 2015-16 budget. Read more

 

Bizzarro, House Democratic Policy Committee analyze ways to grow Pa. economy

(Mar 25, 2015)

ERIE, March 25 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from business leaders and representatives from the tourism industry about Pennsylvania’s economy and potential for job growth at a hearing requested by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more

 

Legislators in Erie to focus on jobs

(Mar 25, 2015)

The House Democrats are looking to Erie for suggestions on improving the outlook of jobs in our region. State Representative Ryan Bizzarro is the vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and has been traveling around the Commonwealth with his colleagues. They're focusing on different aspects of our budget and policies, including jobs. Read more

 

Wolf unveils Pennsylvania state budget

(Mar 04, 2015)

Gov. Tom Wolf said he would be a different kind of governor. And his first budget presented Tuesday reflects a variety of differences in the way that Pennsylvania would spend money and tax its citizens. Read more

 

Bizzarro optimistic about Wolf's property tax, education proposals (with video)

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 proposed budget: “Governor Wolf’s bold and creative plan is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania. After four years of abysmal job numbers, harmful education cuts and disregard for the middle class, this proposal is a welcome change that reinvests in our students, seniors and hardworking citizens. Read more

 

PA House passes liquor privatization bill

(Feb 27, 2015)

FEBRUARY 26, 2015-- The PA House of Representatives voted 114 to 87 on Thursday to pass a House Bill 466 that could allow liquor privatization. The Republican-backed plan would remove the state from the liquor stores and would change the way consumers purchase alcohol. Those in favor of the bill, believe that privatizing liquor sales would give easier access to consumers. Those opposed disagree saying it wouldn't benefit PA residents. Read more

 

Bizzarro: Liquor privatization plan robs state of valuable revenue

(Feb 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Citing the potential for consumer inconvenience and significant revenue losses, state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today voted against House Bill 466, which would privatize the state’s wine and spirits stores. Read more