Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits passes House

(Mar 20, 2019)

The House unanimously approved a bill today that would allow those licensed under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and subjected to a continuing education requirement to carry over excess CE credits they earn to their next license renewal period, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Readshaw resolution recognizes April as Military Service Opportunity Month

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, which recognizes April 2019 as Military Service Opportunity Month. The resolution, H.R. 52 , encourages the state and educational community to recognize the U.S. military for its positive impact on the Pennsylvania educational system and its students. The U.S. military is one of the leading federal organizations that supports and invests in educational initiatives. It offers personal advancement for all students within the commonwealth through education programming, starting at the high school level. “While it is appropriate to recognize the value of our military every day, as we near the month of May and the annual Memorial Day celebration, this serves as the perfect time to recognize those planning or just beginning a career, as well as those who have served with valor,” Readshaw said. “We can never underestimate the benefits of a military career through higher education.” It is the mission of the U.S. military to continue to offer outstanding career and educational opportunities to all students who seek the adventure of service to their nation. “When those who’ve served return to civilian life, they bring with them specialized training and knowledge,” Readshaw said. “It is via those skillsets that fields such as medical services, Read more

 

Readshaw bill would tap fuller potential of telemedicine

(Mar 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – A veteran supporter and pioneer of the telemedicine concept, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation to tap its full potential to transform and improve health care quality and accessibility. Readshaw’s bill would benefit all Pennsylvanians by giving their primary care physicians and health care specialists enhanced opportunities to better coordinate patient care regardless of distance – a particular advantage in medically underserved areas. “Telemedicine can not only provide better access to care in underserved parts of the state; it can be used to increase access in more populated areas as well,” said Readshaw, who has extensively researched the topic and spearheaded the effort to change existing law. “Currently, telemedicine provides care while saving money at the state Department of Corrections. “But it can also be utilized to give nursing home residents quicker, wider and better quality of care. It can be used to educate and provide health care to school-age children, including those in preschool. It can also provide an extra set of eyes watching over surgical patients in the recovery room. In short, whether inside health care facilities or inside our communities, telemedicine can revamp the way we experience health care.” Readshaw, who has authored similar bills in the past that have garnered bipartisan support, said he has partnered with state Rep. Jordan Harris, the Read more

 

Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced he will continue in his role as the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for the 2019-20 session. Read more

 

Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced he will continue in his role as the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for the 2019-20 session. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

$280,000 in tax credits to benefit residents of Mt. Oliver

(Dec 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced $280,000 in state tax credits were awarded under the Neighborhood Partnership Program, benefitting over 11,000 residents of Mt. Oliver. The funding supports Economic Development South, a community development corporation in the South Pittsburgh/South Hills region of Allegheny County. “The tax credits approved today will continue to support community investments from rehabbing housing and a blighted commercial building, to attracting new businesses, cleaning up and beautifying streetscapes and creating jobs,” Readshaw said. NPP is a component of the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Projects supported by the NPP must serve clients who are low income and residents of economically distressed neighborhoods. Projects can fall under one of several categories, including affordable housing, community services, education, job training and several others. In order to be eligible for the tax credit, businesses must contribute at least $50,000 annually for a minimum of five years. The tax credits are part of nearly $18 million approved tax credits to support 136 revitalization projects across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Readshaw: State unveils new tool to battle scourge of addiction

(Dec 13, 2018)

In an effort to help Pennsylvanians battling addiction connect with available treatment, resources and services, state Rep. Harry Readshaw says the state has unveiled a new anonymous online survey available to anyone in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Rep. Readshaw meets with local educators

(Dec 07, 2018)

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, and his colleagues recently met with local educators for an informative discussion on issues regarding education. Read more

 

Readshaw resolutions commemorate milestones in U.S. history

(Dec 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – Two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, call on Pennsylvanians to honor uniquely American events this December. The House recently adopted both resolutions by unanimous vote. House Resolution 1125 designates Dec. 7, 2018, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania, while H.R. 1126 designates Dec. 15, 2018, as “Bill of Rights Day.” “With fewer World War II veterans around to provide first-hand accounts, it’s more important than ever that we keep their stories alive by remembering the attack that precipitated our entry into the war,” Readshaw said. “Even as our nation reeled from the loss of more than 2,400 military and civilian lives, thousands more rushed to enlist. We need to encourage our younger generations to study this event 77 years ago that summoned our nation’s resolve and played such a pivotal role in our history. “As a related point, World War II – like so many wars – was fought in defense of our most cherished freedoms. The constitution laid the foundation for our government, but it was the Bill of Rights, ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, that gave birth to the individual liberties we hold so dear 227 years later. It’s fitting that we remember and reflect on these two uniquely American events together.” Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

(Nov 27, 2018)

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Readshaw: Nearly $700,000 in state funding awarded to 36th Legislative District

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Brentwood Community Park will receive substantial upgrades thanks to a $697,600 state grant that will aid in the rehabilitation of the park, announced state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The grant, awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, will be administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will aid in the much-needed renovation and rehabilitation of certain aspects of Brentwood Community Park,” Readshaw said. “I’m confident members of the 36 th Legislative District will be just as excited as I am once they see the impact this funding will have at this location.” Readshaw said the grant money will be used for the reconstruction of the park’s swimming pool, which will include the installment of a zero-depth entry deck for ADA compliance; installation of a pool liner and water features piping; site-fencing amenities; ADA access; and a landscaping project. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by DCNR and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The CCPP is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Readshaw resolutions call attention to hunger/homelessness, education, children’s grief

(Oct 29, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – By a unanimous vote, the House recently adopted several resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, to raise public awareness on issues such as hunger, homelessness, education and children’s grief. House Resolution 1121 recognizes the week of Nov. 10-18 as “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution – which parallels a national program the same week – seeks to educate the public about the reasons people are hungry and homeless, including the lack of affordable housing for very-low-income families in the commonwealth. The resolution also seeks to mobilize community support. “Hunger and homelessness are still very serious problems in the commonwealth,” Readshaw said. “Raising public awareness can bring more hands to the fight and remind residents how they can make a difference by contributing to food and supplies banks.” Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1123, designating the week of Nov. 12-16, 2018, as “American Education Week” in Pennsylvania to highlight the critical role education plays in readying Pennsylvania’s youth for future success. “Our children are not only our most precious resource – they hold the key to the commonwealth’s economic future,” Readshaw said. “This resolution celebrates the importance of our state’s strong educational system and honors those educators and Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolution designating ‘Marine Corps Day’ in Pennsylvania

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution designating Nov. 10, 2018, as “Marine Corps Day” in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. A former Marine, Readshaw said he introduced the resolution in keeping with the tradition of previous legislators and fellow Marines including Sam Hayes, Richard Chess, Ed Zemprelli, Paul McHale, Tom Tigue, John Broujos, Merle Phillips and Bill DeWeese. “I introduced this resolution to honor the long and proud history of the U.S. Marine Corps, starting with the resolution that founded the Continental Marines on Nov. 10, 1775, and going forward with men and women serving throughout the world today,” Readshaw said. “The Marines truly embody the motto ‘Semper Fidelis,’ which translates from the Latin as ‘always faithful’ and signifies the defense of freedom and democracy worldwide.” Readshaw then read the final lines of “The Marines’ Hymn”: Here’s health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve; In many a strife we’ve fought for life And never lost our nerve; If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven’s scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines. Readshaw added, “Mister Speaker, not to offend my brothers who served in other arms of the military, but the fact of the matter is, they will find the Read more

 

Readshaw honors life of late state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy

(Oct 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, addressed the House yesterday during a memorial resolution on behalf of the late 11-term state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy, who died in June at 66. Coy represented the 89 th Legislative District for 22 years, from 1982 to 2004. Readshaw, who is Democratic co-chairman of the House Masonic Caucus, spoke of the many ways in which Coy served the commonwealth and his community, both individually, through his service in the House and through his membership in the Masons. “I would like to extend my sympathy and condolences to Jeff’s wife of 44 years, Jo Anne, and his other family members,” Readshaw said. “I knew the Honorable Jeff Coy as a colleague, as secretary of the Democratic Caucus and as a brother Mason. The last time I talked to Jeff was at the 205 th meeting of the Supreme Council in 2017. We spoke and reminisced about the good old days in the House. “Brother Coy was a man of abundant achievements. He honored his obligation to God and his fellow men. He was bestowed the highest degree as a Mason. People of Jeff’s caliber are missed by so many and in so many ways.” Readshaw also read a tribute memorializing Coy’s “relaxed and friendly demeanor, sharp wit and ability to hook his audience with a compelling story or wry joke” and his “pinpoint analysis, combined with excellent people skills,” which made him “an exceptional public Read more

 

Readshaw: More than $800,000 in grants awarded to bolster Allegheny County recycling, leaf collection programs

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – More than $800,000 in state grants will boost recycling and leaf collection efforts in Allegheny County, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today. Readshaw said the grants – which include $350,000 to Pittsburgh, $264,681 to Baldwin Borough and $198,000 to Allegheny County – will support recycling, leaf collection, and composting and related services. The funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection. “It’s great to see residents’ tax dollars coming back to the district to support these essential county and municipal services,” Readshaw said. “Expanded funding for recycling, collection and composting programs makes those services more accessible to residents, and these ‘green’ practices bring tangible benefits to everyone by saving energy and raw materials, reducing pollution and cutting down on landfill waste.” Readshaw noted that the grants are part of a package of $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to nearly 200 county and municipal governments. In addition to funding for expanded recycling and composting facilities, the grants may be used for curbside recycling programs and developing educational materials and web-based programs to encourage recycling. Municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated as Read more

 

Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits passes House
Mar 20, 2019

Readshaw resolution recognizes April as Military Service Opportunity Month
Mar 19, 2019

Readshaw bill would tap fuller potential of telemedicine
Mar 01, 2019

Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee
Jan 28, 2019

Readshaw to serve another session as chairman of committee
Jan 28, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019

$280,000 in tax credits to benefit residents of Mt. Oliver
Dec 17, 2018

Readshaw: State unveils new tool to battle scourge of addiction
Dec 13, 2018

Rep. Readshaw meets with local educators
Dec 07, 2018

Readshaw resolutions commemorate milestones in U.S. history
Dec 04, 2018

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter
Nov 27, 2018

Readshaw: Nearly $700,000 in state funding awarded to 36th Legislative District
Nov 14, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Readshaw resolutions call attention to hunger/homelessness, education, children’s grief
Oct 29, 2018

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolution designating ‘Marine Corps Day’ in Pennsylvania
Oct 17, 2018

Readshaw honors life of late state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy
Oct 16, 2018

Readshaw: More than $800,000 in grants awarded to bolster Allegheny County recycling, leaf collection programs
Oct 12, 2018