Conklin: More than $200K secured to help low-income residents

(Jun 09, 2023)

STATE COLLEGE, June 9 – New funding of $210,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency will help low-income homeowners in Centre County stay safer at home and manage energy costs and provide education and mitigation services for landlords and tenants, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the funding – awarded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency – includes home repair assistance, energy counseling and other programs to help homeowners, prospective homeowners and landlords and tenants. “For low-income residents, housing stability includes having the resources to maintain safe premises and afford heating and other home-related costs. Securing this funding will help ensure residents have the resources they need to make critical safety repairs, an understanding of how to lower their energy bills, and the counseling and services that can help them on the path to homeownership.” Conklin said the funding – which comes from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund – includes: $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County, Inc. for a Home Repairs program that will help residents in need make critical repairs that can affect health and safety. $55,000 to the HOME Foundation’s Energy Case Management Program, which will help low- to moderate-income households reduce their energy cost Read more


Conklin introduces legislation for K-9 heat detection and protection

(Jun 07, 2023)

“This proposed legislation draws from painful experiences,” Conklin said. “Integrating these heat-detection devices into our police vehicles would prevent future tragedies, providing a safer environment for our K-9 officers.” Read more


Conklin introduces legislation to fortify school safety

(May 24, 2023)

"By providing first responders with access to up-to-date, detailed building layouts, we would empower them to better navigate the chaos of these crises and speed lifesaving intervention," Conklin said. Read more


Conklin: Centre Region Active Adult Center awarded nearly $12K for programs and services

(May 17, 2023)

“Having a broad range of programs and services is key to keeping our area’s active seniors engaged and connected, and the center does a terrific job with plenty of classes and activities of all kinds,” Conklin said. Read more


Conklin: Up to $400K secured to fight substance use disorder

(May 11, 2023)

STATE COLLEGE, May 11 – New funding of up to $400,000 will boost Centre County resources to fight substance use disorder, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the funding from the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will allow Pinnacle Treatment to expand programs for residents in Centre and Washington counties. “Although existing programs and outreach have made inroads in the fight against substance use disorder, too many residents and the families who love them still feel the devastating impact of addiction,” Conklin said. “Securing this funding will allow us to expand the kinds of evidence-based treatment programs, recovery and peer supports, education and other resources that can get more folks back on the path to productive lives.” The funding – which is provided from the opioid settlement funds appropriated to DDAP by the General Assembly – is for a 12-month period beginning July 1, through June 30, 2024. Funds may be applied to a range of activities, including building infrastructure, staffing and evidence-based programming. More about the funding is available here: . Read more


Committee approves Conklin pre-canvassing legislation

(Apr 24, 2023)

"By giving election workers the time they need to tabulate votes, my bill would expedite the process and help eliminate the delays that can slow or obstruct a fair, democratic process.” Read more


Conklin reintroduces pre-canvassing legislation

(Apr 10, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – Today, state Rep. Scott Conklin, majority chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee, announced the reintroduction of his pre-canvassing legislation, H.B. 847 . The reintroduced legislation would allow pre-canvassing of ballots up to seven days prior to Election Day, among other improvements to the election process. Under current law, pre-canvassing of absentee and mail-in ballots cannot begin until 7 a.m. on Election Day. “Pre-canvass” is defined in the Election Code as the inspection and opening of all envelopes containing official absentee ballots or mail-in ballots; the removal of such ballots from the envelopes; and the counting, computing and tallying of the votes reflected on the ballots. It does not include the recording or publishing of the votes reflected on the ballots. “With more and more people voting by mail-in ballot, tabulating ballots and releasing election results is taking county boards of elections much longer,” Conklin said. “In House State Government Committee hearings we heard from numerous experts, including county election officials from both parties, who testified that our state should allow counties to pre-canvass mail and absentee ballots much earlier than the morning of the election. Many believe that delays in tabulating election returns can lead to voter suspicion and unfounded conspiracies.” Bipartisan support has been growing for the legislation, with Read more


Conklin secures emergency grant for sinkhole victims

(Mar 20, 2023)

Proposes legislation to provide relief to future victims Read more


Conklin: $696,080 in state grants awarded to local projects

(Mar 16, 2023)

Projects include street improvements, Mo Valley EMS Read more


Conklin named majority chair of State Government Committee

(Mar 09, 2023)

Position puts lawmaker on frontlines of democracy, election reforms Read more


Conklin calls for monitoring of domestic abusers

(Mar 09, 2023)

Says ‘Traci’s law’ could save lives, protect families Read more


Conklin: Shapiro budget will make key investments for PA

(Mar 07, 2023)

Says education, environment key to commonwealth’s future Read more


Conklin calls for monitoring of domestic abusers

(Feb 03, 2023)

Says proposed bill could save lives, protect families Read more


Conklin: $2.4M in state funding to help replace State College stormwater infrastructure

(Jan 13, 2023)

STATE COLLEGE, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today approximately $2.4 million in state funding to replace the aging stormwater system along Calder Way in State College. Conklin said the $2.44 million low-interest loan will allow the State College Borough to replace pipes that compromise the outdated infrastructure, which is currently preventing stormwater from properly entering the wastewater collection system – leading to unsafe inflow and infiltration issues. “In its current state, this infrastructure could lead to a dangerous sinkhole developing at any time,” Conklin said. “Upgrading it will also improve the quality of the water that deposits into the Spring Creek Watershed.” With the loan provided by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, commonly known as Pennvest , the State College Borough plans to begin work on the project on May 1, with an anticipated completion date in September. Approximately 1,320 feet of stormwater piping and other components will be replaced, allowing the system’s drainage area to work properly. The interest rate for the first five years of the 20-year loan is 1.74%, and 2.18% after that. Pennvest funds sewer, stormwater, and drinking water improvement projects throughout the commonwealth via low-cost funds and grants. In addition to safeguarding the health of Pennsylvania residents, these projects Read more


Conklin sworn in for ninth term in state House

(Jan 03, 2023)

Will continue to fight for voters, democracy in Harrisburg Read more


Conklin: Philipsburg Revitalization Corp awarded $10,352 state grant

(Dec 28, 2022)

Grant will help strategic plan for borough Read more


Conklin: Houtzdale awarded $75,000 state grant

(Nov 01, 2022)

Grant will help fund storm sewer replacements Read more


Conklin lands $2.5 million grant for Toftrees redevelopment

(Oct 28, 2022)

Grant will help fund demo, site work for redevelopment Read more


Conklin secures $140,000 grant for Moshannon Valley YMCA

(Oct 27, 2022)

Grant will be used to fund refrigeration truck for anti-hunger program Read more


Conklin, legislators call out attempts to undermine elections

(Sep 14, 2022)

Ask House Republicans to schedule votes on pre-canvassing Read more