State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro votes to advance state budget to Senate

(Jun 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today supported the passage of a state budget that would increase education funding and expand efforts to fight the commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis. “By no means is this a perfect fiscal plan, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction,” Bizzarro said. “At this time, there are no broad-based tax increases on our hardworking citizens, and we’re avoiding another lengthy budget impasse that would further hurt our schools and human service organizations.” Senate Bill 1073 would allocate $250 million more than the previous fiscal year to Pennsylvania’s schools, including a $200 million increase for basic education. The bill also would dedicate $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services. “This year’s state budget is a reminder of the benefits of bipartisan compromise,” Bizzarro said. “Recently, members on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to support liquor modernization and expanded consumer convenience, medical marijuana, and serious pension reform. I am hopeful that this spirit of compromise will continue throughout the state budget proceedings so we can deliver an on-time budget to the residents of this commonwealth.” The legislation returns to the Senate to consider House amendments. Read more

 

Light the Night Walk Month Official

(Jun 27, 2016)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopts House Resolution 935. The bill, authored by Erie's Representative Ryan Bizzarro marks September 2016 as "Light the Night Walk Month" in Pennsylvania. In a press release, Rep. Bizzarro is quoted as saying " As a childhood cancer survivor, it's empowering to see communities coming together each year to participate in Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walks". Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Opioid crisis requires immediate legislative action

(Jun 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf and a large group of bipartisan legislators at a Capitol news conference to detail upcoming work to combat Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. “Unfortunately, opioid and heroin addiction are ravaging communities in every part of the commonwealth,” Bizzarro said. “Pennsylvanians of all races, religions and incomes are affected. If we don’t act now, a situation that’s already pretty dire will get even worse.” In the Rotunda, the governor, along with House leaders, announced the possibility of a special legislative session in the fall to prompt further action on the opioid crisis, in addition to several joint House Democratic and Republican Policy Committee hearings focused on the issue throughout the summer. The governor also outlined the recommendations from the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation. A pair of legislative recommendations, H.B. 1737 and H.R. 590 , recently passed the House. Other recommendations include requiring doctors and pharmacists to attend three hours of opioid and addiction-related training before obtaining relevant licenses and requiring insurance plans to provide access to abuse-deterrent opioid drugs. “It’s heartbreaking to hear from people in our communities who’ve lost loved ones to this growing epidemic,” Bizzarro said. “The legislature has taken Read more

 

Pa. House approves Rep. Bizzarro’s measure marking ‘Light the Night Walk Month’

(Jun 22, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, designating September 2016 as Light the Night Walk Month in Pennsylvania. "As a childhood cancer survivor, it’s empowering to see communities come together each year to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walks," Bizzarro said. "By raising our beautiful lanterns in the air at these events, we let blood cancer survivors know we are standing with them in solidarity." House Resolution 935 notes the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is focused on curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Light the Night Walks take place in nearly 200 communities each fall, including Erie, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. They help to fund research and access to treatments, and support programs and educational materials for people battling blood cancer. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invested $67.2 million for breakthrough blood cancer research in 2015. Read more

 

Animal Shelter Directors: Animal abusers only get 'slap on the wrist' for horrible acts

(Jun 21, 2016)

Four dogs rescued from a home where 11 dog corpses were found are recovering at the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania on Monday. Read more

 

Pa. budget deadline looms

(Jun 21, 2016)

The state budget is due in just ten days, but the question is: will Pennsylvania have a state budget on time this year? If not, Pennsylvania could face another budget impasse. Read more

 

Bizzarro joins in recognizing Pa. amusement parks, Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie County

(Jun 08, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – In an effort to help promote and recognize the economic and social benefits of Pennsylvania’s amusement and water parks, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today voted to designate June 10 as Amusement Park Day in Pennsylvania. The House unanimously adopted the resolution (H.R. 877) to recognize Pennsylvania’s 18 family theme parks and water parks that entertain more than 12 million visitors annually and support more than 16,000 jobs, including Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie County. “From its beginnings as a popular family picnic area in the late 1800s to its thrill rides and giant wave pool today, Waldameer Park and Water World remains a treasure of the Erie community,” Bizzarro said. “Waldameer and all of Pennsylvania's theme parks are among the best vacation attractions for families and friends in the nation, and it is an honor to recognize their important contributions to our overall state economy and local communities.” “Our parks have something to offer everyone. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll with family, heart-pounding thrill rides or fun in the water, Pennsylvania parks provide outstanding adventure, fun and memories to last a lifetime. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to get out and have some fun at our parks this summer,” Bizzarro added. In addition to Waldameer, H.R. 877 honored the long-established Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, Conneaut Read more

 

Korean War Veterans Receive Ambassador of Peace Medal

(Jun 02, 2016)

Korean War veterans received a special award for their service during the war. United States Senator Pat Toomey in conjunction with State Representative Ryan Bizzarro organized a ceremony at the Millcreek VFW to honor 14 of the veterans that served during the war. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Upcoming forums, new monthly program to answer residents’ health insurance questions

(May 27, 2016)

ERIE, May 27 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, is inviting residents interested in learning more about their health insurance options to a free pair of health insurance forums his office is hosting Wednesday, June 1. The first event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Edinboro Municipal Building, 124 Meadville St., Edinboro. The second forum will take place at 6 p.m. at the Millcreek Municipal Building, 3608 W. 26 th St., Erie. No RSVP is required. “So many people have questions about what health insurance plan is right for them,” Bizzarro said. “These forums will be led by a trained health care navigator who can help residents determine if they qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace. While the navigator will not be enrolling attendees in plans on site, they will answer any questions that come up and give them the tools to make more empowered health care decisions.” Bizzarro added anyone who is unable to attend the forums should note that a new program starting in his Millcreek office next month will allow people to sit down one-on-one with a health care navigator and receive help applying for health insurance. A health insurance navigator will visit Bizzarro’s office at 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209 in Millcreek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, beginning June 9. While walk-ins are welcomed, appointments are recommended. Anyone interested in scheduling an Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro’s resolution highlights need for boating safety in Pa.

(May 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – The week of May 21 through 27, 2016 is National Safe Boating Week in the commonwealth, thanks to a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Now that the weather is a bit nicer, many people will be out on Lake Erie or the surrounding waterways, enjoying the beautiful scenery,” Bizzarro said. “But no one wants a fun day outside to be ruined because of reckless behavior. That’s why throughout the week, boating groups will stress the importance of boating safety and wearing life jackets.” Bizzarro’s H.R. 903 noted Pennsylvania requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1982 to obtain a boating safety certificate to operate a personal watercraft or a powerboat with a motor greater than 25 horsepower. Nearly 15,000 new boating safety certificates were issued last year. Last year, Pennsylvania had 58 reportable recreational boating accidents, a decrease of 17 percent from 2014. Though only four of these accidents resulted in fatalities, Bizzarro said more needs to be done to raise awareness about boating safety. “I encourage anyone interested in learning more about how to stay safe out on the water to look into boating courses offered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission,” Bizzarro said. “In addition, we must be aware of the vessels around us, travel at the appropriate speed, and be cognizant of rocks and other Read more

 

Bizzarro: Local water projects to receive over $440,000 in state grants

(May 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 18 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced several local environmental projects will receive more than $440,000 in state grants to help improve area water sources. "Clean, healthy water is a basic necessity of life, but sometimes we take this for granted," Bizzarro said. "I am grateful to the area organizations doing such important work to better our water quality and reduce water pollution, and I am pleased to see that the state is recognizing these efforts." The $443,945 in grants are funded through the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program, which is awarding more than $25 million to 114 projects statewide. Under the program, Erie County Conservation District will obtain $364,610 for its VinNES Sustainable Outreach and BMP Program. In addition, Environment Erie will receive $48,285 for its BeginANEW Stormwater Education and Management Program and $31,050 for its service learning projects. The initiative awards funds to projects designed to enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs. It encourages partnerships among counties, municipalities, county conservation districts, and watershed organizations to help protect the environment. More information about the program can be found online at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Pa. House approves Bizzarro measure promoting sarcoma awareness

(May 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, designed to educate and raise awareness of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, a type of soft tissue sarcoma. “Many people haven’t heard of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, which is one of about 50 different types of sarcomas,” Bizzarro said. “I was personally made aware of this type of cancer by a family in my legislative district, who is fighting an aggressive case of this disease. We want to raise awareness about this disease so we can help this family in any way that we can, and we especially want to make older adults aware of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma as they are the ones usually affected by this cancer. I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this measure and their continued efforts to help fight cancer in Pennsylvania.” Bizzarro’s H.R. 684 notes that undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma develops from soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, blood vessels, or deep skin or fibrous tissues. It is often found in the arms or legs, but it can also form inside at the back of the abdomen. Symptoms include swelling or a lump that has grown over a period of time, abdominal pain, blood in stool or vomit and black, tarry stools. The disease is usually treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Though scientists have not determined the Read more

 

Bizzarro: Local traffic signals to get an upgrade through state grants

(May 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that four Erie County municipalities will receive state grants to help upgrade their traffic signals. The projects are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program, which allows municipalities to request up to half of the funding needed for their traffic signal projects. “The ‘Green Light-Go’ program provides a wonderful opportunity for our municipalities to partner with the state to make important transportation projects a reality,” Bizzarro said. “We all want to keep our drivers safe, and this grant will go a long way in helping to do so.” Grant recipients include: Albion Borough: $223,056 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 6 (State Street) and Route 18 (Main Street); City of Erie: $67,361 to retime six traffic signals, install three new controllers, and install GPS time units to maintain updated timings and network coordination along Route 4016 (East 38 th Street); McKean Borough: $14,000 to improve a flashing red light at the intersection of Route 99 and West Road; and Wesleyville Borough: $27,708 to install GPS time units, repair existing detection and the systematic retiming at the intersections of U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Bird Drive, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Eastern Avenue, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Station Road, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Water Read more

 

FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes

(May 06, 2016)

The new FDA regulation prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes. Read more

 

Bizzarro: Local fire, EMS departments to receive more than $108,000 from Pa.

(Apr 20, 2016)

ERIE, April 20 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that several fire and ambulance companies in the 3rd Legislative District will receive about $108,586 in state grants. "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, but they must have the proper equipment and training to do their difficult jobs," Bizzarro said. "I am thankful the state recognizes this important need, and is supporting our firefighters and EMS professionals in such a meaningful way." Funding for the grants comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. The program is set to expire on June 30, 2016, but Bizzarro recently co-sponsored and supported H.B. 1877 , which would extend the program for four years. The bill passed the House unanimously and is awaiting further review in the Senate. Grant recipients in the 3rd Legislative District include: Central Erie County Paramedic Association, Inc., $7,202; Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, $13,790; Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $7,202; Kearsarge Fire Department, $13,790; Lake Shore Fire Department, $12,423; Lake Shore Fire Department EMS, $7,202; McKean Hose Company, $12,423; McKean Hose Company EMS, $7,202; West Lake Fire Department, $13,562; and West Ridge Fire Department, $13,790. Money from the program can be used to repair, build or renovate facilities, purchase new equipment, Read more

 

Bizzarro vote for medical marijuana sends measure to governor’s desk

(Apr 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today supported the final passage of a bill to legalize medical marijuana, sending the legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives concurred in Senate amendments to S.B. 3 , which would allow patients with serious medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia and post-traumatic stress disorder, to use medical marijuana. “Today is a historic day for Pennsylvania, as we begin to grant medical relief to those who need it most,” Bizzarro said. “It may have taken years of debate, advocacy and soul-searching, but the legalization of medical marijuana will soon be a reality in our state. We must especially give credit to the parents of ill children who would benefit from the drug’s legalization, who’ve spent countless hours knocking on legislators’ doors and telling their stories. They put real faces to this very human issue and helped to get this important work done.” Recent polls show a majority of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana. The governor has indicated he will sign S.B. 3 into law, which would make Pennsylvania the 24 th state to legalize the drug for medical purposes. Read more

 

Bizzarro introduces bill banning payment for serving on boards

(Apr 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has introduced legislation that would remove perceived conflicts of interest for public officials and employees serving on corporate or non-profit boards outside of government service. Bizzarro's H.B. 1981 would prohibit public officials and employees from receiving any salary or compensation for serving on a corporate or non-profit board. However, the public official or employee still would be permitted to receive reimbursement for actual expenses that are provided to other board members. "Pennsylvanians whose taxes pay the salaries and other compensation of elected officials and public employees expect those individuals to be responsive to their needs, not to special interests or other private groups," Bizzarro said. "Unfortunately, the growing influence of money in our elections and government has made the wealthiest voices the loudest and the ones with the most influence and access to government officials in Harrisburg. "We, as public servants, have an obligation to our constituents to ensure that we are just as responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians and their families, as we are to a corporation or special interest group." The bill is introduced as part of a legislative reform package being offered by House Democrats to improve transparency in government and reassure the public that the public officials they elect, and the people they employ, are working in the best Read more

 

House committee takes closer look at Bizzarro community paramedicine bill

(Apr 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – The state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today held a public hearing at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, designed to expand community paramedicine treatment throughout the commonwealth and better control associated costs to patients. Bizzarro’s H.B. 1113 would direct the state Health Department to establish regulations to certify community paramedicine providers, allowing them to more widely treat patients in Pennsylvania. It would also require insurance coverage and medical reimbursement for services. "Community paramedicine has emerged as an effective option for patients, and already exists in areas like Erie, Pittsburgh, Altoona, Lancaster and Harrisburg," Bizzarro said. "For patients with chronic illnesses or who need follow-up medical care, for example, community paramedicine provides an efficient alternative to the emergency room or other arenas. Today’s hearing allowed us to hear more about how these services are already operating and what needs to be done to ensure the expansion of community paramedicine is most beneficial for Pennsylvanians." Under Bizzarro’s bill, emergency medical services (EMS) providers would be able to deliver health care in patients' own homes or in other appropriate settings. They would be permitted to administer services like health assessments, disease monitoring and Read more

 

Bizzarro bill to curb animal cruelty passes Pa. House

(Apr 05, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation proposed by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, designed to cut down on and prevent animal cruelty throughout the commonwealth. "Today’s passage of H.B. 869 sends a clear message that we won’t tolerate animal abuse in Pennsylvania," Bizzarro said. "We’ve all heard the horrific stories of animals being left for dead in homes where they’re not properly cared for. My legislation would help ensure these animals find the loving homes they deserve." Under Bizzarro’s bill, anyone convicted of animal abuse with a first- or second-degree misdemeanor, or a felony, would be required to forfeit their animals to shelters or other organizations dedicated to preventing animal cruelty. It also would permit the court considering an animal abuse case to order a person convicted of summary offenses or a third-degree misdemeanor to forfeit their animals to shelters. Bizzarro added that besides alleviating stress to the animals, the bill would help cut costs throughout communities. "Unfortunately, there are many animal abusers who are repeat offenders," Bizzarro said. "Not only are these offenders repeatedly bringing harm to our animals, but they also cost us money in further seizures and law enforcement checks. This legislation, sponsored in a bipartisan fashion, not only makes for sound fiscal policy, but it’s morally the Read more

 

Bizzarro to sponsor free Social Security workshop

(Mar 24, 2016)

ERIE, March 24 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a free Social Security workshop for area residents approaching retirement age at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Millcreek Township Building, 3608 W. 26 th St. The event is designed to educate residents about how to navigate the Social Security System, apply for benefits, decide when to start receiving benefits and prepare for retirement, among other things. Bizzarro will be joined by a financial representative from a local insurance company to help answer attendees’ questions. “My office has heard from so many people who find themselves unsure of how to apply for Social Security benefits when the time comes,” Bizzarro said. “I want to open the conversation up to area residents so that they can get their questions answered from a trained professional. We want to make sure that those who’ve earned these benefits receive them.” No registration is required. For more information, please call Bizzarro’s office at (814) 835-2880 or visit 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209 in the Peninsula Plaza. Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro votes to advance state budget to Senate
Jun 28, 2016

Light the Night Walk Month Official
Jun 27, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro: Opioid crisis requires immediate legislative action
Jun 23, 2016

Pa. House approves Rep. Bizzarro’s measure marking ‘Light the Night Walk Month’
Jun 22, 2016

Animal Shelter Directors: Animal abusers only get 'slap on the wrist' for horrible acts
Jun 21, 2016

Pa. budget deadline looms
Jun 21, 2016

Bizzarro joins in recognizing Pa. amusement parks, Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie County
Jun 08, 2016

Korean War Veterans Receive Ambassador of Peace Medal
Jun 02, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro: Upcoming forums, new monthly program to answer residents’ health insurance questions
May 27, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro’s resolution highlights need for boating safety in Pa.
May 24, 2016

Bizzarro: Local water projects to receive over $440,000 in state grants
May 18, 2016

Pa. House approves Bizzarro measure promoting sarcoma awareness
May 17, 2016

Bizzarro: Local traffic signals to get an upgrade through state grants
May 16, 2016

FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes
May 06, 2016

Bizzarro: Local fire, EMS departments to receive more than $108,000 from Pa.
Apr 20, 2016

Bizzarro vote for medical marijuana sends measure to governor’s desk
Apr 13, 2016

Bizzarro introduces bill banning payment for serving on boards
Apr 11, 2016

House committee takes closer look at Bizzarro community paramedicine bill
Apr 07, 2016

Bizzarro bill to curb animal cruelty passes Pa. House
Apr 05, 2016

Bizzarro to sponsor free Social Security workshop
Mar 24, 2016