Readshaw: Grant awarded to reduce water overflows in McKinley Park

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced that Pittsburgh will receive a $100,000 state grant for a storm water management project at McKinley Park. The grant was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. "As a result of this funding, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be able to address the overflows along the southern border of McKinley Park when it rains," Readshaw said. "It will reduce the amount of sediment that collects there and more people will be able to use the park." The conservancy will extend a green infrastructure storm water management project along Michigan Avenue, the northern border of the park, to Delmont Avenue, which borders the park on the west. The project includes replacing two deteriorated storm water inlets on Delmont and installing a 550-foot treatment drain to divert storm water to a street-side rain garden. The total estimated cost of the project is $215,273. The CFA is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs, including the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program, designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

House adopts Readshaw resolution recognizing United Service Organizations

(Oct 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – In recognition of their countless efforts and unwavering support for military members and their families, the House adopted state Rep. Harry Readshaw’s H.R. 534 , which honors the United Service Organizations (USO). “Just like we are grateful for the countless sacrifices made by our brave young men and women in uniform, the armed services are equally grateful for the sacrifices that USO members make for them on a daily basis,” said Readshaw, D-Allegheny. USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to their loved ones, home and country through various programs, entertainment and services at more than 200 locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany and the United States. “The tasks assigned to soldiers can be tough at times, and being thousands of miles from home adds unwanted stress,” Readshaw said. “USO understands the importance of family and does what it can to make holidays overseas more bearable and the long, dark nights a little brighter.” The organization helps in times of disaster and, more recently, provided relief for service members responding to victims of Hurricane Maria by delivering bottled water, sports drinks, care packages, snacks and clothing. “I see this as heroes helping heroes, and I strongly believe both deserve to be recognized for their courage and unselfish behavior,” Readshaw said. Read more

 

Pa. gains REAL ID enforcement extension; ‘Right to Try’ bill signed into law

(Oct 13, 2017)

Rep. Harry Readshaw reports that Pennsylvanians will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through Jan. 22, 2018, because of an extended REAL ID grace period on enforcement. The Allegheny County Democrat also reports that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law the Right to Try legislation that enables eligible patients with terminal illnesses to use experimental drugs, products and devices not yet approved by federal regulators. Read more

 

473 enlist in Readshaw's 17th annual Ride to Gettysburg

(Oct 11, 2017)

Rep. Harry Readshaw served as host of his 17th Annual “Ride to Gettysburg” on Sept. 23, with 473 riders participating in the motorcycle ride from the state Capitol in Harrisburg to Gettysburg. “We – we’re known as ‘Readshaw’s Raiders’ -- haven’t forgotten the importance of Gettysburg and the sacrifices made in that Adams County hamlet 154 years ago,” Readshaw said. Read more

 

Readshaw resolution recognizes work of Veterans Courts

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The work of Veterans Courts currently operating in 20 counties was recognized yesterday as the House approved a resolution put forth by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The resolution was presented to Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd by Readshaw and Lt. Gov. Michael Stack today in Stack’s office. Readshaw’s H.R. 498 noted that Veterans Courts, which started in Lackawanna County in 2009, provide a problem-solving alternative for Pennsylvania’s 1 million veterans, offering comprehensive treatment, resources and support – with the goals of encouraging rehabilitation and reducing recidivism. “These courts take into account the special needs of veterans who come in contact with the criminal justice system, and they’ve proven effective in addressing veterans’ unique issues,” Readshaw said. “By taking into account addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders, these courts are able to direct veterans to services, benefits and programs that help them to again become productive, law-abiding citizens.” A key feature of these courts, said Readshaw, is guidance from veteran mentors who are supervised by specialized probation officers, along with the availability of treatment from the Veterans Administration to address underlying problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Readshaw’s resolution also acknowledged the key roles Read more

 

Readshaw bill would extend statute of limitations for opioid delivery deaths

(Sep 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B. 1808 , which would extend the statute of limitations on the crime of drug delivery that leads to a death. A person who provides a drug to a victim that ultimately dies from the use of that drug currently must be charged within a two-year window. This bill would expand that window under the statute of limitations to five years. “Too many families watch their loved ones die due to opioid overdoses,” Readshaw said. “The number of overdose deaths has been rising dramatically each year yet one of our best defenses in the drug battle is to remove dealers and distributors from the equation. “Keeping that potential window open for a much longer timeframe gives police investigators and prosecutors more time to complete a thorough investigation to ensure the perpetrators are convicted and removed from the streets. “The statute of limitations was previously five years but a change to another law inadvertently affected this specific situation and my bill aims to correct it.” Readshaw said that Pennsylvania families are the front lines of the opiate epidemic in this Commonwealth, and this bill is an effort to again provide families with a longer opportunity for justice for their loved ones. ### Read more

 

Readshaw's 17th annual cycle ride to Gettysburg set for Sept. 23

(Sep 13, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that his "Readshaw’s Raiders" and motorcycle riders from Pennsylvania and surrounding states are preparing for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg." The trek from Harrisburg to Gettysburg is set to begin near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol with a welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. and the ride departing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The annual event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997. State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay has been appointed ride marshal for this year’s trip. Solobay, of Washington County, has also served as a member of the state House and the state Senate. "Once again, I am honored that so many riders will participate in this event, to show support for maintaining the Pennsylvania monuments that honor those who fought and in some cases died at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Readshaw said. “These riders are leaving their own legacy, which is that we haven’t forgotten the historical importance of Gettysburg and the great sacrifices made in a clash known as a Civil War turning point.” In addition to Solobay, state Reps. Bill Kortz, Bryan Barbin, Mark Keller and Jim Marshall – along with former state Rep. Teresa Forcier from Crawford County and her Motormaids – are expected to participate. Before the Read more

 

Federal regulations result in CDL changes; Options available for obtaining birth certificate for license

(Aug 11, 2017)

Rep. Harry Readshaw reports that new federal rules affects the process of obtaining or renewing commercial driver’s licenses. Options are available for obtaining birth certificates, which often are needed to prove citizenship or legal presence. Read more

 

Rep. Readshaw Summer 2017 Newsletter

(Jul 18, 2017)

Rep. Harry Readshaw's Summer, 2017 newsletter is now available to read online. Read more

 

Readshaw/Turzai bill passes House,

(Jun 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – House Bill 1490 , introduced by state Reps. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, and Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, unanimously passed the House today. The bill would establish Public Utility Commission oversight of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Under state law, the PUC does not have jurisdiction over municipal authorities. “PWSA has been experiencing a number of very public issues over the past year or more,” Readshaw said. “News items in the past year have highlighted unsustainable debt levels, billing errors, leaks, unmetered accounts and, especially, lead and other water quality issues. "This bill would offer Pittsburgh water customers a new, unbiased level of protection and oversight for local water quality.” Failure to comply with state and federal standards would result in monetary fines. While PUC oversight of a municipal authority is very uncommon, it is not without precedent. In 1999 the legislature passed a law that placed Philadelphia Gas Works under the PUC. The bill now moves to the Senate for its further consideration and review. ### Read more

 

Readshaw resolution recognizes May as Military Service Opportunity Month

(Apr 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, which recognizes May 2017 as Military Service Opportunity Month in Pennsylvania The resolution, H.R. 92 , encourages our 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, May is the perfect time to acknowledge the benefits of a military career through higher education,” Readshaw said. “With the Memorial Day celebration at the end of the month, the commonwealth is able to recognize those planning or just beginning a career, as well as those who have served with valor.” 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. “Those who received specialized training through the U.S. military will return to civilian life qualified in their fields such as medical services, advanced cyber security, law enforcement services, Read more

 

Mount Oliver to receive $110,000 DCED grant

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that Mount Oliver Borough was approved for a state grant to replace a sewer line located along Anthony Street. The community will receive $110,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to replace 550 linear feet of the 12-inch sewer line to create more slope and increase its capacity. The funding is provided through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant program. "This state funding will help Mount Oliver to repair and improve a potential hazardous line in the sewer system,” Readshaw said. “This is another effort to continue addressing sewer problems like basement flooding and overflows that have been plaguing residents for a long time.” The Borough of Mount Oliver is under a consent order and agreement with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to identify deteriorated sewers and repair sewers that are in the worst condition. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

14th annual Gettysburg Monuments Preservation Ball recognizes 20 years of the Monuments Project

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, was both the host and a surprise honoree at the 14th annual Civil War Preservation Ball held recently in the Capitol Rotunda. Readshaw said this year’s ball included more than 200 attendees from at least 10 different states; most of the ladies wore period gowns and gentlemen donned period civilian or military attire. Attendees came from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Victorian Dance Ensemble of the Civil War Dance Foundation, the ball benefits the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw founded in 1997 after reading about the deterioration of the more than 1,000 monuments in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Pennsylvania has more than 140 unit monuments and markers on the battlefield, including the iconic Pennsylvania Memorial. They mark the locations of the Pennsylvania regiments during the three-day battle in July 1863, pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the units, and recognize the special actions of individual soldiers and officers, many of whom lost their lives. Most were erected by the veteran survivors of the battle, assisted by allocations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly. A previous line item of the state budget funded restoration and maintenance of the Pennsylvania Memorial; the Gettysburg Monuments Project supports the Read more

 

Annual Civil War Ball Benefits Gettysburg Monuments

(Feb 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Harry Readshaw has been working for 20 years to raise money used to restore and refurbish the monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Current efforts are to raise enough money for an endowment for Pennsylvania monuments and markers, so they are taken care of for future generations. One of those fundraisers is the annual Civil War Ball, held at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Reps. Readshaw and Kortz sponsoring March 7 concussion awareness

(Feb 22, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 – State Reps. Bill Kortz and Harry Readshaw, both D-Allegheny, in conjunction with the Baldwin Football Boosters, are cosponsoring a concussion prevention and management seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the LGI Room at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, 15236. The seminar will be offered by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. "Concussions in sports have always been an issue," Readshaw said. "However, medical advances have been highlighting the dangers of concussions, which was brought to the forefront by the plight of Steelers Hall of Fame center ‘Iron Mike’ Webster, who suffered from dementia, depression and amnesia following his career. After he died at age 50, an autopsy revealed he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has since been discovered in the brains of more than 90 former NFL players." "Parents, players, coaches and all who treat athletes or are involved in youth contact sports should attend," Kortz said. "Concussions have been part of sports for so long, and considered just a part of the game, but we are starting to see the long-term effects. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help limit long-term effects. Brain injuries are common in football, hockey and even soccer due to heading the ball, but can also happen Read more

 

Readshaw To Host Meeting on Concussions

(Feb 15, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Harry Readshaw and Bill Kortz have teamed up with the Baldwin High School Football Boosters, the Pennsylvania Trains Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to host a Concussion Prevention and Management meeting on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at Baldwin High School in the LGI Room. Parents, athletes, coaches and anyone who has questions about concussions and student athletics are welcome to attend. Read more

 

Readshaw appointed to fourth term as Democratic chairman of House Professional Licensure Committee

(Jan 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, was appointed to his fourth term as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee. Readshaw pointed out that professional licensure impacts every Pennsylvanian. The panel is responsible for establishing and reviewing every profession that requires licensing by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "The license means that the individual has the training and has demonstrated the ability to meet established standards of quality for his profession," Readshaw said. "It ensures against people performing specialized services that, without the proper training, could endanger the safety and welfare of the person paying for those services." Readshaw said the committee also monitors professional license issues in other states, using that information to determine what Pennsylvania should do in anticipation of those issues coming up in the commonwealth. Readshaw began his 12 th term as state representative for the 36 th District during a swearing-in ceremony that began at noon on Tuesday. The 36th Legislative District consists of the boroughs of Brentwood, Mount Oliver and parts of Baldwin, as well as some sections of Pittsburgh south of the Monongahela River. Readshaw continues to maintain his constituent service office at 1917 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210, and the office can be reached by phone at (412) 881-4208 . ### Read more

 

Rep. Readshaw Fall, 2016 Newsletter

(Jan 06, 2017)

Rep. Readshaw's newsletter from Nov., 2016 Read more

 

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic

(Dec 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B 1692, which would make it easier for family members to commit a loved one for drug and/or alcohol treatment. “Too many families watch their loved ones deal with alcohol or drug abuse problems and can only standby while they spiral into despair, or worse,” Readshaw said. “I have been working with family members, law enforcement, the district attorney, the minor courts and others to ensure that my bill would offer remedies for families seeking help for their loved one. "I introduced this bill at the request of my friend, a constituent who recently lost his son because of a drug overdose," he added. Readshaw said that Pennsylvania families are the front lines of the opiate epidemic in this Commonwealth, and this bill is an effort to provide families with another avenue of resources. House Bill 1692 would provide for involuntary treatment requirements and procedures for individuals suffering from alcohol and other drug abuse; and imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Presuming the person has a reasonable benefit of recovery and the individual presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self, family or others as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse, or there exists a substantial likelihood of such a threat in the near future, a family member would be able to petition the Court of Common Pleas to initiate proceedings for in Read more

 

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help

(Dec 02, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny announced the state's heating assistance program, LIHEAP, is accepting applications for the winter. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal aid to eligible families to help pay winter heating bills and cover emergency heating equipment needs. "LIHEAP ensures that qualified households can pay for their heating costs, such as gas, oil or electricity," Readshaw said. "Emergency funds are also available for households without heat or fuel, or those facing cut-off from a supplier. "My staff can help complete the application." Household income limits to qualify vary according to family size: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The household income level increases by an additional $6,240 for each additional person. "Since this program is based on federal money, the state budget impasse should not affect the funding for this program," Readshaw said. Applications also can be completed online at www.compass.state.pa.us, and can be obtained at local county assistance offices, which can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/CAO-locations.aspx. Read more

 

Readshaw: Grant awarded to reduce water overflows in McKinley Park
Nov 14, 2017

House adopts Readshaw resolution recognizing United Service Organizations
Oct 17, 2017

Pa. gains REAL ID enforcement extension; ‘Right to Try’ bill signed into law
Oct 13, 2017

473 enlist in Readshaw's 17th annual Ride to Gettysburg
Oct 11, 2017

Readshaw resolution recognizes work of Veterans Courts
Sep 26, 2017

Readshaw bill would extend statute of limitations for opioid delivery deaths
Sep 21, 2017

Readshaw's 17th annual cycle ride to Gettysburg set for Sept. 23
Sep 13, 2017

Federal regulations result in CDL changes; Options available for obtaining birth certificate for license
Aug 11, 2017

Rep. Readshaw Summer 2017 Newsletter
Jul 18, 2017

Readshaw/Turzai bill passes House,
Jun 08, 2017

Readshaw resolution recognizes May as Military Service Opportunity Month
Apr 26, 2017

Mount Oliver to receive $110,000 DCED grant
Mar 29, 2017

14th annual Gettysburg Monuments Preservation Ball recognizes 20 years of the Monuments Project
Mar 29, 2017

Annual Civil War Ball Benefits Gettysburg Monuments
Feb 28, 2017

Reps. Readshaw and Kortz sponsoring March 7 concussion awareness
Feb 22, 2017

Readshaw To Host Meeting on Concussions
Feb 15, 2017

Readshaw appointed to fourth term as Democratic chairman of House Professional Licensure Committee
Jan 06, 2017

Rep. Readshaw Fall, 2016 Newsletter
Jan 06, 2017

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic
Dec 07, 2016

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help
Dec 02, 2016