Readshaw hopes to clear up confusion over REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he hopes to clear up confusion about what REAL ID is and why residents might decide they want to purchase one when they become available next spring. “I’ve been hearing from constituents who still have many questions about what REAL ID is and whether it’s necessary,” Readshaw said. “I want people to understand that they are not required to get a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, but they may find one useful depending on their needs. “The federal government passed the REAL ID Act in response to 9/11. The act creates certain minimum standards that all state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards must meet in order to be accepted for certain purposes. Those purposes include boarding domestic commercial flights and entering military bases and other high-security federal facilities. “Although many states, including Pennsylvania, have been given extensions to come into full compliance with the act, the ‘hard’ deadline for card-based enforcement is October 1, 2020. As of that date, residents will no longer be able to use their regular state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board domestic commercial flights, visit military bases or enter other high-security federal facilities. Instead, they will either have to use the new REAL ID or rely on their passport, military ID or other form of federally accepted Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolutions honoring respiratory, massage therapists

(Oct 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – The House today unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. House Resolution 1062 designates the week of Oct. 21-27, 2018, as “National Respiratory Care Week” in Pennsylvania, while H.R. 1063 designates the same week as “National Massage Therapy Awareness Week” in the state. Readshaw said H.R. 1062 recognizes the state’s respiratory therapists for the essential services they provide. “Respiratory therapists often stand between patients and life-threatening conditions,” Readshaw said. “They provide acute care for patients on ventilators and administer oxygen and breathing treatments. They also assist physicians with diagnoses, conduct pulmonary therapy and teach home care to patients and family members. In every aspect of care, these professionals strive to meet the highest standards. Their dedication benefits patients throughout the commonwealth.” Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1063 to recognize the contributions of a second group of health care workers – the commonwealth’s more than 7,900 licensed massaged therapists. “A growing body of research shows massage therapy can help alleviate a wide range of health problems, from headaches, stress and high blood pressure to fibromyalgia, arthritis and muscle injuries,” Readshaw said. “By displaying strength, stamina and empathy, these talented therapists play a Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolutions honoring historical archives, state’s licensed acupuncturists

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – The House today unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. H.R. 1060 honors the importance of the state’s archives and the staff who preserve them. H.R. 1061 recognizes the medical contributions made by the state’s more than 700 licensed acupuncturists. Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1060 to highlight the important role the state archives play in preserving the commonwealth’s heritage. “This resolution emphasizes the importance of our state archives and honors the people who serve as guardians of those documents,” Readshaw said. “The commonwealth has an incredibly rich history, and it’s essential to preserve the records that document that history so they can be passed to future generations. These documents tell our story, as Pennsylvanians.” Readshaw noted that the House of Representatives Archives has served as the official archive for records of elected members, committees and administrative agencies for nearly 40 years. He urged state residents to visit their local archives and libraries to learn more about the commonwealth’s rich heritage. A second Readshaw resolution recognizes the many contributions made by acupuncture and other traditional Oriental medicine and honors the commonwealth’s licensed acupuncturists. “I introduced H.R. 1061 to highlight the many ways in which the commonwealth’s licensed Read more

 

Readshaw: $30,000 safety grant to benefit Allegheny County school district

(Oct 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – The Baldwin Whitehall School District will receive a $30,000 school safety grant, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today. Readshaw said the funding will enable the district to hire and train school safety personnel to enhance security on the premises. “Funding for school safety is one of the most important investments we can make,” Readshaw said. “A safe and secure environment is a critical precursor to learning. With these funds, the district can hire the necessary personnel to ensure that our students, teachers and other school workers can interact and thrive in a safe setting, without fear of harm.” The funding – awarded in the form of a 2017-18 School Resource Officer grant – is made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants was awarded across the state to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . The PDE program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. ###ll/2018/agh Read more

 

House adopts Readshaw resolution recognizing 'Women In Bio Day of P.O.W.E.R.'

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – The House of Representatives Monday adopted H.R.1113, recognizing Oct. 11, 2018, as Women in Bio Day of P.O.W.E.R. in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Readshaw said the resolution recognizes the many contributions made by Pennsylvania’s professional women in life science fields such as biology, biochemistry and many other areas. “It’s so encouraging to see women forging forward with successes in career fields previously dominated by men,” Readshaw said. “That’s why I believe it’s so important that we recognize and continue to support organizations such as Women in Bio, which are committed to promoting careers, leadership roles and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.” Readshaw said he especially wants to recognize the strides made by the members of the Women In Bio Pittsburgh chapter, which has been working to support women leaders in science through education, mentorship and networking opportunities. Readshaw noted that Oct. 11 also marks the date of WIB-Pittsburgh’s fifth annual Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally, which this year focuses on immunotherapies designed to harness the power of the immune system to treat and cure diseases. “P.O.W.E.R. provides a forum for our women scientists to show how immunotherapies are changing the future in areas such as cancer therapy and Read more

 

Hundreds participate in Readshaw's 18th annual ‘Ride to Gettysburg’

(Sep 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – The 18th Annual Ride to Gettysburg held on Saturday drew hundreds of riders from around the commonwealth, according to the ride’s organizer, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project. “I was thrilled to see another strong turnout this year,” Readshaw said. “This event is such a terrific opportunity for the commonwealth’s vibrant biker community to come out and show their patriotic spirit while contributing to a cause that helps preserve a vital part of the commonwealth’s heritage.” A historic group of women bikers, wearing white vests and led by former state Rep. Teresa Forcier, served as the ride marshals. Also attending were state Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams, and the Zembo Shrine Mounted and Motorcycle Units. After a welcome ceremony at Soldier’s Grove, Readshaw and Moul recognized Charlie Umbenhauer, of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, for his years of support and dedication to the Monuments Project. Other participants also received certificates for their continued support. The God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard then led approximately 375 riders to Gettysburg. The event featured both traditional motorcycles and “slingshot” bikes such as the one occupied by Readshaw. Readshaw established the Monuments Project in 1997 to fund desperately needed cleaning and repairs for the more than 140 unit monuments and markers on Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolution designating September 2018 as ‘Military Service Opportunity Month’

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, designating September 2018 as “Military Service Opportunity Month” in Pennsylvania. “I introduced House Resolution 1059 to recognize the major contributions the U.S. military makes to the commonwealth’s educational system and students,” Readshaw said. “From programs on bullying, physical fitness and drug awareness, to curriculum-based programs in science, technology, engineering and math, military recruiters offer so much in the classroom.” Readshaw said that as a veteran, he also hopes that his resolution will help make young Pennsylvanians aware of all that enlistment has to offer in terms of real-world experience and post-secondary pathways. “After high school graduation, students who go on to enlist can benefit from a wealth of training and job opportunities,” Readshaw said. “Enlistees can gain specialized, real-world training in a wide range of fields – including medical, law enforcement, advanced cyber security, communications and network development, to name just a few. “Of course, along with that training comes the kind of character-building experiences and life lessons that only military service can provide. They equip young men and women returning to civilian life with the confidence and know-how they need to take on any life or career challenge. It’s Read more

 

Panel discussion on Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania

(Sep 25, 2018)

This morning, I participated in the panel discussion "Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania" as part of a continuing education program with Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Joining me were Lt. Governor Mike Stack, Sen. John Rafferty, Sen. Lisa Baker and others. We discussed the importance of veterans to the commonwealth, the significance of a veterans’ court and how to cover the cost of a special court. A veterans’ court focuses on veterans who are currently in, or entering, the criminal justice system. The court is a collaborative process that includes the prosecutor, defense counsel, judge, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other community-based support organizations. The goal of a veterans’ court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active contributing members of their community. The court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veteran's behavior, including substance abuse issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, anger issues and domestic violence. Read more

 

Ride to Gettysburg Featured on Good Day Pa

(Sep 19, 2018)

The 2018 Readshaw's Ride to Gettysburg on September 22nd benefits the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project and the GBPA’s Daniel Lady Farm. Read more

 

Readshaw: $150,000 grant to help fund major median improvement project

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $150,000 state grant will help fund major improvements to an asphalt road median that will connect Pittsburgh’s 21st Street corridor from Carson Street to South Side Park. Readshaw noted that the project – estimated to cost $441,677 – will involve the construction a 1,300-foot concrete median, curb and paving. In addition, the project will include installation of 10 concrete benches, 12 galvanized steel bike racks, 16 trash receptacles, traffic control bollards, signage walls and concrete ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The funding to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for this project is going to help transform this congested traffic area into a safer, more organized design with designated space for pedestrians and bikers,” Readshaw said. “The upgrades will greatly enhance safety and utility for everyone while adding to the area’s aesthetic appeal. In addition, the project is going to create area jobs and stimulate the economy. I want to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which is a great investment in our infrastructure.” Read more

 

September is National Preparedness Month

(Sep 06, 2018)

On behalf of National Preparedness Month, I wanted you to know that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging commonwealth residents to learn how to prepare for emergencies in September. Read more

 

Readshaw's 18th annual ‘Ride to Gettysburg’ set for Sept. 22

(Sep 06, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced his "Readshaw’s Raiders" and other motorcycle riders from around the commonwealth are preparing for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg." The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997. The ride from Harrisburg to Gettysburg – which will be held Sept. 22 – will start near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with a welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Soldiers’ Grove. Boy Scout Venture Crew 1861, portraying the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps, plan on opening the program by playing the Star Spangled Banner. Readshaw said he loves the enthusiasm the event generates, noting that more than 420 riders participated last year. "It’s heartening to see so many riders turn out each year to show their support for maintaining the Pennsylvania monuments that honor those who fought – and in some cases died – at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Readshaw said. “Healthy participation at events like these shows that we haven’t forgotten the significance of Gettysburg and the great sacrifices that were made in this historic battle that is considered the turning point in the Civil War.” The “Ride Marshalls” this year is a special group of ladies in white vests, led by former state Rep. Read more

 

Celebrating Labor Day – and more!; Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requests public input

(Aug 30, 2018)

This Monday, Sept. 3, we celebrate Labor Day – a special day to commemorate the contributions the labor movement and American workers have made to our country. Read more

 

Did the June flooding affect you? If so, this could help; Do your homework on Short-Term, Limited-Duration health insurance plans

(Aug 24, 2018)

The flooding on June 20-21 in Western Pennsylvania affected many counties, including Allegheny. Read more

 

Are you missing a Purple Heart medal?; Opt in to continue receiving updates!

(Aug 14, 2018)

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Rep. Readshaw's Summer 2018 Newsletter

(Aug 13, 2018)

Recent reports show that security cameras are having a major impact in cutting crime, especially in Pittsburgh's South Side, where they are credited with reducing crime by more than 30 percent. Read more

 

Readshaw: Budget gives schools devising safety plans multiple options

(Jul 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 9 – As school districts across the commonwealth work to develop effective school safety plans, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he is encouraged that the new budget’s comprehensive funding will give districts the flexibility they need to devise plans best suited to their needs. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to school security needs across the state,” Readshaw said. “That’s why I’m encouraged that the $60 million school safety fund gives districts an array of more than 20 options, so they can apply for targeted grants ranging from building-related, equipment solutions such as metal detectors; to school resource officers; to program-based solutions such as in-school mental health counselors. Different combinations of tools are going to work best.” Readshaw said he is also encouraged by other aspects of the new school safety initiative, including the newly formed Safety and Security Committee that will oversee the grant program and an anonymous tip line that will allow students, teachers and others to report suspicious activity or behavior without fear of retaliation. He added that because at least half of the initial $60 million consists of one-time funds, it will be up to lawmakers to ensure that a well-funded program continues. He said he is firmly committed in that area. “It’s hard to imagine a more important priority than the safety of our kids and those who Read more

 

Readshaw: Investment in ‘Qualified Opportunity Zones’ will benefit county’s hardworking families

(Jun 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that five census tracts in the 36th Legislative District, which he represents, were approved by the U.S. Treasury Department as “Qualified Opportunity Zones." The tracts – which include four tracts in the City of Pittsburgh and one in Mt. Oliver – were nominated under a federal program that provides tax incentives to private investors for investing in low-income communities. “I’m optimistic that the investments generated by this program will give these distressed areas the shot in the arm they need to flourish,” Readshaw said. “So many hardworking families stand to benefit from the jobs, housing opportunities and other community resources that revitalizing investments can provide.” Under the program – administered by the U.S. Treasury Department under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – states may nominate a certain percentage of census tracts as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Private investors receive tax benefits for investing capital gains in these areas. Pennsylvania had 1,197 low-income census tracts eligible for Qualified Opportunity Zone status and was given the opportunity to nominate 25 percent, or 300 tracts. The governor announced the nominations in April. Read more

 

Readshaw: Spending bill would address key needs without raising taxes

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, added his “yes” vote to the state’s $32.7 billion spending plan, noting that the bill addresses key needs in the commonwealth without increasing taxes or fees on residents. “I voted for House Bill 2121 – the General Appropriations bill – because it addresses key priorities like strengthening education and career resources for young Pennsylvanians while also addressing pressing needs such as school safety and the opioid crisis,” Readshaw said. “Most importantly, the bill would do this without increasing the tax burden on citizens, and it would allow the state to put money aside in the Rainy Day Fund to ensure that we’re prepared to meet future needs. “The bill may not be perfect, but it would allocate spending in a practical way that addresses the needs and concerns of Pennsylvania’s working families. That is why the budget received my support.” The bill heads to the Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Readshaw urges women veterans to complete state survey

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is surveying women veterans, and state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, wants to make sure Pennsylvania’s women veterans weigh in. “Pennsylvania has about 60,000 female veterans,” Readshaw said. “Many face challenges transitioning back to civilian status, and some of those challenges may differ from the ones faced by their male counterparts. This is especially true when it comes to issues such as access to women’s health care. I’m urging all women veterans to take the survey so the department can be sure it’s providing them with the benefits, services and programs they need.” Women veterans can access the survey by visiting the department’s website at http://www.dmva.pa.gov and clicking on the link in the red box that says, “Take the Women Veterans Survey Today!” The survey will be available through midnight, June 18. “Our women veterans have served the commonwealth and the nation with selfless devotion,” Readshaw said. “To give back, we need to make sure they have the support and services they need, and that means – first and foremost – getting their input.” Read more

 

Readshaw hopes to clear up confusion over REAL ID
Oct 11, 2018

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolutions honoring respiratory, massage therapists
Oct 10, 2018

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolutions honoring historical archives, state’s licensed acupuncturists
Oct 09, 2018

Readshaw: $30,000 safety grant to benefit Allegheny County school district
Oct 05, 2018

House adopts Readshaw resolution recognizing 'Women In Bio Day of P.O.W.E.R.'
Oct 02, 2018

Hundreds participate in Readshaw's 18th annual ‘Ride to Gettysburg’
Sep 28, 2018

House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolution designating September 2018 as ‘Military Service Opportunity Month’
Sep 26, 2018

Panel discussion on Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania
Sep 25, 2018

Ride to Gettysburg Featured on Good Day Pa
Sep 19, 2018

Readshaw: $150,000 grant to help fund major median improvement project
Sep 18, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month
Sep 06, 2018

Readshaw's 18th annual ‘Ride to Gettysburg’ set for Sept. 22
Sep 06, 2018

Celebrating Labor Day – and more!; Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requests public input
Aug 30, 2018

Did the June flooding affect you? If so, this could help; Do your homework on Short-Term, Limited-Duration health insurance plans
Aug 24, 2018

Are you missing a Purple Heart medal?; Opt in to continue receiving updates!
Aug 14, 2018

Rep. Readshaw's Summer 2018 Newsletter
Aug 13, 2018

Readshaw: Budget gives schools devising safety plans multiple options
Jul 09, 2018

Readshaw: Investment in ‘Qualified Opportunity Zones’ will benefit county’s hardworking families
Jun 25, 2018

Readshaw: Spending bill would address key needs without raising taxes
Jun 20, 2018

Readshaw urges women veterans to complete state survey
Jun 13, 2018