Senate committee approves Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits

(Jun 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved a House bill Wednesday that would permit workers licensed under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs who are subject 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. Readshaw, who is Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, said that by amending the current law to permit carryover of excess credits, H.B. 1343 would lend some flexibility to the continuing education process. “Carryover would allow licensees to create a cushion in the continuing education requirement by accumulating additional credits,” Readshaw said. “It would also permit them to choose classes without fear of paying for unused credits, which would give them the freedom to choose courses based on content, not on the number of credits provided.” Readshaw added that carryover credits would be valid for one biennial renewal term only. Currently, 23 of the state’s 29 licensing boards require some amount of continuing education for license renewal. Of those boards with a continuing education requirement, only one – psychology – currently allows carryover of excess credits. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Readshaw to receive Community Service Citation

(May 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that he has been selected to receive the Community Service Citation from the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. In a letter to Readshaw, who is Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, the academy wrote that it had selected Readshaw in recognition of his “dedication to maintaining quality health care and continued advocacy for patient safety.” “It’s an honor to be selected by this group of highly dedicated professionals,” Readshaw said. “The qualities that academy members embody -- dedication to patient care, adherence to best practices and standards of the profession and an ongoing commitment to continuing education -- are the essence of professionalism. If my work as Democratic committee chair helps the academy promote these standards, I’m humbled.” Readshaw will receive the citation at the academy’s annual scientific meeting on Friday, June 22. The academy presents the citation annually to a community member who has provided “outstanding service to community in support of quality health care.” Past recipients have included the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. Read more

 

Readshaw: Grant will expand real-world learning, job opportunities for area students

(May 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – An $85,700 business education partnership grant will provide Pittsburgh students greater access to real-world learning programs, a pipeline to entry-level jobs at area businesses and a career track in the medical field, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today. “By strengthening the tie between the classroom and the workplace, the funding will give students interested in high-tech careers greater access to real-world learning programs like internships, apprenticeships and mentoring,” Readshaw said. “Beyond that, it will open the door to entry-level jobs at area businesses and create a career track for students interested in the medical field through a partnership with career and technology centers, the Community College of Allegheny County and UPMC.” The grant -- awarded by the state Department of Labor & Industry through the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board -- is one of 18 such grants totaling $2 million awarded statewide through workforce development boards. In addition to creating pathways for real-world learning and career opportunities, the Three Rivers grant will be used to help younger students explore technical careers. Readshaw said the grants are an excellent investment on several levels. “Giving our next generation of workers real-world, hands-on experience gives them a leg up in a high-tech, quickly evolving job market,” he said. “This puts Pennsylvania’s Read more

 

Readshaw discusses military opportunities for students in meeting with education secretary, former adjutant general

(May 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, met with former Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Major General Wesley Craig, and state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera earlier this week to discuss the many resources the military provides students. “In our meeting, we discussed the multiple opportunities the military offers middle school and high school students, from programs on bullying, drug awareness and physical fitness to curriculum-based programs in science, technology, engineering and math,” Readshaw said. “General Craig highlighted our military’s unique contributions in shaping Pennsylvania’s youth and offering them career paths in various vocations.” Readshaw noted that in addition to the many school programs and resources the military offers, it can also provide young Pennsylvanians with unique experiences that build character and teach leadership, and post-secondary opportunities such as scholarships and job training. To highlight all those opportunities, Readshaw will be introducing a resolution later this year commemorating Military Service Opportunity Month. Readshaw said he hopes the resolution will make young Pennsylvanians aware of the real-world, post-secondary pathways that enlistment can provide. “From careers in medical and legal services, cyber security and law enforcement to engineering, satellite communications and logistical support, the opportunities are boundless,” Read more

 

Readshaw announces $442,936 in Strategic Innovation grants

(Apr 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that a workforce development partner in his district will receive two state Strategic Innovation grant awards surpassing $440,000. Partner4Work will use the first grant, totaling $190,926, to create a non-traditional pathway for low-income students and those facing other barriers to earn industry-recognized credentials leading to further education, training or work. The second grant, totaling $252,000, will be used by Partner4Work to prepare, train and place at least 30 low-income individuals in entry-level jobs in the construction trades and manufacturing sectors. “Securing these grants is a crucial step to ensuring the progression of younger Pennsylvanians and low-income residents in our region,” Readshaw said. “Additionally, the approval of both grants fulfills our Democratic Plan for PA, which puts people first, and it shows our commitment to investing in the future of workforce development across the commonwealth.” Partner4Work and other workforce development organizations throughout the commonwealth provide employers with resources to improve their businesses and connect job seekers with businesses in need of talent. Workforce boards also connect citizens looking for jobs with state, county and local organizations providing job training and other services. The Partner4Work programs are two of 16 statewide projects receiving a total of $3.5 million in Read more

 

Readshaw’s bill allowing for carryover of continued education credits for professionals under BPOA passes House

(Apr 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that H.B. 1343 has unanimously passed the House of Representatives and now moves to the state Senate for consideration. The legislation would permit the carryover of continued education credits for professionals licensed under Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. “Many professions require continuing education. Not allowing the carryover of those credits to the next licensing cycle impacts the choice of classes,” Readshaw said. “In addition, excess credits equals assurance the licensee will meet the continuing education requirement, so as not to have a permanent discipline record for lack of continuing education credits.” Under H.B. 1343, which Readshaw authored, professionals required to maintain continued education credits would be able to accrue excess credits, but the carryover is only valid for one biennial renewal term. “I’m confident this bill will allow professionals to choose classes that will impact their practice by allowing them to focus on class content more than the number of credits and eliminating the wasting of excess credits,” Readshaw said. “Also, it will help alleviate disciplinary action for lack of continuing education credits.” The BPOA provides administrative and legal support to 29 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions, including the licensing of physicians, engineers, Read more

 

Readshaw: 2018 Civil War Preservation Ball raises over $7,000 to help preserve Gettysburg monuments

(Mar 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Approximately 120 guests from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Virginia attended the 15 th annual Civil War Preservation Ball that was held on Saturday, March 10 in the Capitol Rotunda. State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said the event benefits the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which provides funds for the repair and maintenance of monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park, a memorial to soldiers and a preservation of the Battle of Gettysburg. Readshaw created the project in 1997, after he learned the park lacked funding to cover the cost to repair and restore the needs of more than 1,000 monuments in the park. Over the years, with the help of volunteers and allocations from the General Assembly, the monuments honoring Pennsylvanians have been sustained. “The Pennsylvanians who fought at Gettysburg fought well and we will always honor their efforts,” Readshaw said. “I would like to thank everyone who supported the Civil War Preservation Ball, because it benefits a national park that seeks to preserve our history for current and future generations.” An estimated $7,680 was raised between ticket sales and sponsors. Since the ball’s inception, over $100,000 has been raised, according to the Victorian Dance Ensemble. Music for the Ball was arranged by the Philadelphia Brigade Band and dance instruction was provided by the Civil War Dance Foundation. Read more

 

Readshaw’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’ resolution is adopted

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has adopted H.R. 652, introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, which recognizes Random Acts of Kindness Week in Pennsylvania. The goal of the resolution is to inspire and encourage as many people as possible to raise the consciousness of kindness through random acts. The grassroots organization, the Random Acts of Kindness Week Foundation, strives to make the world more humane. “People from all walks of life can support this important movement at schools, businesses, youth clubs, churches and synagogues, and hospitals and nursing homes,” Readshaw said. “Sometimes the world can seem hopeless, but I believe most people are kind. I sponsored this resolution because I believe in this movement and the goodness of people in my community, district and state.” The resolution acknowledged Random Acts of Kindness Week in Pennsylvania on Feb. 11-17, 2018. For more information about the movement, visit: www.randomactsofkindness.org . Read more

 

Readshaw resolution adopted to bring awareness to disabling disorder

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he is pleased that H.R. 671, which brings awareness to spinal cerebrospinal fluid leaks, has been adopted. A spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak, also known as intracranial hypotension, occurs when fluid around the brain leaks through the skull bone. The fluid supports the brain and spinal cord. Often times the condition is under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Traumatic leaks can happen as a result of surgery, head injuries and tumors or without any known cause. The most common symptom is a positional headache that is worse when upright, but is improved when lying down. “I’m delighted that this resolution was adopted, because bringing attention to CSF leaks will help many people who suffer needlessly,” Readshaw said. “My hope is that the public will understand and become educated about the condition, and that health care professionals will be able to more properly recognize and treat spinal CSF leaks.” Readshaw was prompted to introduce the resolution because his good friend Dr. Connie Deline suffers from the disease. Deline is the vice president of the Spinal CSF Foundation, a non-profit foundation that seeks to reduce the suffering of those with CSF. In addition to headaches, symptoms of CSF leaks can include nausea, vomiting, neck pain or stiffness, sensitivity to light and sound, numbness of arms and dizziness or vertigo, according to the Spinal CSF Foundation. Read more

 

A look back at the 15th annual Civil War Preservation Ball

(Mar 14, 2018)

The 15th Annual Civil War Preservation Ball was held in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg on Saturday, March 10. The ball raises money for the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which provides funds for the repair and maintenance of monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. This year’s ball brought the total raised in fifteen years to over $100,000! Dancers came from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Virginia to "dance for preservation." You can see pictures of the event by clicking here and check others out on Facebook . Read more

 

Borough of Brentwood awarded funding for sidewalk improvements

(Feb 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, is pleased to announce that money has been allocated for improvements to the sidewalk in the Borough of Brentwood through Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Approximately $65,000 has been awarded for upgrades to about 18,000 square feet of sidewalk. The total estimated cost for repairs is $180,000. “Sidewalk safety is important in ensuring that pedestrians have a safe place to walk or run, without having to look down to constantly watch where they are going,” Readshaw said. “The improvements will help fix any gaps in surfaces, holes, uneven pavements and anything else that hinders the safety of our citizens.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. It was the first time money had been earmarked for transit, aviation, rail freight, and pedestrian and bicycle modes. Program eligibility and project selections were made according to safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. For more information about the program or to submit an application, due in the next round by March 20, visit: www.penndot.gov . Read more

 

Readshaw Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Feb 13, 2018)

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Readshaw’s proposal strengthening licensee reporting passes House

(Jan 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he is pleased that the House unanimously passed S.B. 354, which would strengthen licensee reporting requirements. The bill includes language by Readshaw, Democratic chairman of the Professional Licensure Committee, strengthening the authority of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Under the provision, license holders would be required to report convictions to the bureau’s 29 licensing boards. “This bill and the provisions that strengthen reporting requirements to the bureau will ensure that every board or commission has the information needed to protect the health and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth and that the requirements are the same throughout each board and commission,” Readshaw said. The legislation, which would establish a uniform timeframe for reporting and would impose disciplinary action for licensees who fail to comply, would provide all licensing boards with authority similar to that of the state’s medical boards. The boards and commissions would have authority to automatically suspend a license under circumstances they find pose an immediate and clear danger to public health and safety and allow licensees to receive expungement for minor disciplinary actions. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. Read more

 

Readshaw announces Neighborhood Assistance Program’s investment in four community projects

(Dec 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 27 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he is excited to announce that four community investment projects located within his district will receive financial assistance following Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval of $17.9 million in funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program . The Brashear Association , located in Pittsburgh, will receive $228,000. The funds will prevent nearly 15,000 foreclosures, the creation and retention of over 30 jobs and allow up to 4,000 residents to receive food subsidies as part of a self-sufficiency program. “This association will utilize these funds to best serve county residents and ensure the progression of Allegheny County,” Readshaw said. Economic Development South in Mount Oliver, was awarded $280,000. The agency estimates the funds will impact over 11,000 residents, and include the rehabilitation of two homes and the removal of two blighted buildings, streetscape improvements and additional projects. Mount Washington Community Development Corp. in Pittsburgh, will receive $80,000. The acquired funds will go towards the rehabilitation and redevelopment of three properties located within targeted areas for affordable homeownership; the hiring and training of at-risk adults who will work on rehab and restoration projects in Emerald View Park; job placement assistance for up to 12 at-risk adults who will work one-on-one with an Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Readshaw's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Readshaw appointed to committee reviewing state’s licensing practices, comparison to national standards

(Dec 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, is adding an additional responsibility in his quest to best serve his district and residents of Pennsylvania. He’s been appointed to a special committee designed to examine the state’s licensing practices. Readshaw, the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, will now serve on the Advisory Committee of the Review of State Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes. The committee is tasked with conducting research, collecting data and the formatting of reports regarding professional licensing requirements throughout the Commonwealth compared to bordering states and national standards. “I’m hoping this committee appointment and my experience as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee will shed light on the Commonwealth’s licensing practices and what can be done to improve our standards,” Readshaw said. The report produced from this committee will provide Pennsylvania boards and commissions with an additional strategy to promote and implement the necessary changes to further modernize operations, while also aiding Readshaw and others in removing potentially burdensome licensing requirements, excessive fees and strict criminal history requirements that may create unnecessary barriers for residents who wish to enter the job market. This committee is the result of an executive order signed by Read more

 

Bill proposing $115 million for plagued unemployment call centers passes House, heads to Senate

(Dec 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – After nearly a year following funding cuts that forced three state-run unemployment compensation call centers to shutter their doors and the layoffs of nearly 500 workers, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, voted this week to allocate $115 million over a four-year period to the state’s unemployment compensation system. House Bill 1915 passed the House 193-4. “While this isn’t the funding we’d hoped to ultimately see, a compromise was necessary in order to reopen the call centers so out-of-work residents can receive their payments in a timely manner,” Readshaw said. Over the last year, the call system has seen its wait times skyrocket because the high number of callers significantly outweighed the number of available employees resulting in an overload to the call system. In an attempt to address this issue, the bill apportions $30 million of the proposed $115 million to be used for technological upgrades to the call system. The remainder of the proposed funding, roughly $85 million, would be used to retain a larger workforce within the program’s customer service department until computer upgrades are complete. Following last December’s funding cut, Gov. Tom Wolf and fellow lawmakers approved the release of $15 million to the state-run program earlier this year to serve as a Band-Aid until an agreement, such as H.B. 1915, could be reached on long-term funding. “I’m hoping this bill, Read more

 

Readshaw bill calls for referendum on creating Pittsburgh public parks revenue source

(Dec 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B. 1962, which would permit a Pittsburgh voter referendum on authorizing a specific revenue source dedicated to establishing, maintaining and aiding the city’s public parks. Readshaw, whose bill mirrors legislation introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, in the upper chamber, said current funding sources are inadequate to support basic maintenance and repairs, much less capital improvements. “Our parks are an important resource for science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM education – and recreation for our kids outside of school,” Readshaw said. “Without increased funding, our parks will struggle to provide the educational resources that have already served thousands of young people across our city. Our children deserve opportunities and safe places to explore and learn by connecting with nature.” Readshaw said these parks in the 36 th Legislative District would benefit should voters opt for a dedicated funding stream: Armstrong Park, Bon Air Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Cobden Street Park, Devlin Field, Leolyn Park, Monongahela Park, Moore Park, Ormsby Park, Phillips Park, Southside Riverfront Park and Volunteer Park. Readshaw added that Emerald View Park and McKinley Park, which are partially located in the district, would also benefit. Read more

 

Time is running out to sign up for health insurance

(Dec 06, 2017)

Time is running out to enroll in the Affordable Care Act! The deadline to sign up for health insurance is Dec. 15. Read more

 

Cracking down on drug abuse

(Nov 16, 2017)

Rep. Readshaw has made combatting the heroin and opioid epidemic facing our communities one of his legislative priorities. Read more

 

Senate committee approves Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits
Jun 07, 2018

Readshaw to receive Community Service Citation
May 17, 2018

Readshaw: Grant will expand real-world learning, job opportunities for area students
May 16, 2018

Readshaw discusses military opportunities for students in meeting with education secretary, former adjutant general
May 03, 2018

Readshaw announces $442,936 in Strategic Innovation grants
Apr 16, 2018

Readshaw’s bill allowing for carryover of continued education credits for professionals under BPOA passes House
Apr 11, 2018

Readshaw: 2018 Civil War Preservation Ball raises over $7,000 to help preserve Gettysburg monuments
Mar 26, 2018

Readshaw’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’ resolution is adopted
Mar 14, 2018

Readshaw resolution adopted to bring awareness to disabling disorder
Mar 14, 2018

A look back at the 15th annual Civil War Preservation Ball
Mar 14, 2018

Borough of Brentwood awarded funding for sidewalk improvements
Feb 13, 2018

Readshaw Winter 2018 Newsletter
Feb 13, 2018

Readshaw’s proposal strengthening licensee reporting passes House
Jan 24, 2018

Readshaw announces Neighborhood Assistance Program’s investment in four community projects
Dec 27, 2017

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

Readshaw appointed to committee reviewing state’s licensing practices, comparison to national standards
Dec 12, 2017

Bill proposing $115 million for plagued unemployment call centers passes House, heads to Senate
Dec 08, 2017

Readshaw bill calls for referendum on creating Pittsburgh public parks revenue source
Dec 08, 2017

Time is running out to sign up for health insurance
Dec 06, 2017

Cracking down on drug abuse
Nov 16, 2017