FREE VIN Etching Event

(Mar 20, 2015)

Auto theft is one of the largest property-related crimes committed in Berks County. That is why I’m hosting a free vehicle etching event to help protect your vehicle. Read more

 

Rozzi announces career technical center’s ‘out of this world’ opportunity

(Mar 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 6 — State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced the Reading Muhlenberg Career Technology Center will be involved with making parts for the international space station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is partnering with the Reading Muhlenberg CTC Shop to machine parts for use by space station astronauts. John Keck, liaison between NASA and the local career and technology center, will visit Reading Muhlenberg CTC at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 to examine students’ progress. Read more

 

Rozzi welcomes governor’s proposed property tax reform, education investment

(Mar 03, 2015)

“This budget addresses priorities important to the middle class. Priorities that would fund education, create good-paying jobs and lower property taxes. Read more

 

Rozzi, Bishop joined by advocates, stakeholders to modernize child sex abuse statutes of limitations

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 — State Reps. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and Louise Williams Bishop, D-Phila., held a Capitol news conference today to highlight the drastic need for reform of Pennsylvania’s archaic laws affecting victims of child sexual abuse. Rozzi and Bishop were accompanied by state Sen. Rob Teplitz, state Rep. Tom Murt and prominent reform advocates to discuss their respective bills, which are largely modeled after previously introduced legislation that would modify the statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against perpetrators. Rozzi’s House Bill 661 would raise the age from 30 to 50 years for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim, consistent with criminal statute. Previously time-barred victims would be permitted to bring suit. "For victims of child sexual abuse, the pain and suffering never go away. The perpetrator suffers no consequences. Because of time limits imposed on victims, the perpetrator is free to keep stalking, grooming and destroying more children’s lives. As legislators, we have an obligation to institute laws that safeguard our citizens; especially those who cannot protect themselves, our children," Rozzi said. "I am grateful to my colleagues and those who made it a priority to stand in support of these important legislative initiatives. We will continue to fight for their right to justice. Pedophiles don’t retire and our law should not protect their heinous Read more

 

Rozzi resolution celebrates girls and women in sports

(Feb 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Resolution 59 sponsored by state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, dedicating Feb. 4, 2015 as National Girls and Women in Sports Day was unanimously adopted by the state House today. Read more

 

Preventing, recognizing and reacting to child sexual abuse focus of program held in Muhlenberg

(Jan 23, 2015)

A few hands went up when Tracy Donoff asked what it means that 90 percent of abused children are abused by people they and their families know and trust. "That you can't trust anybody," one woman said. "That you have to be cautious," another said. Donoff led a training session Thursday night at Muhlenberg Middle School on preventing, recognizing and reacting to child sexual abuse. It is called the "Stewards of Children" program, created by the Darkness to Light advocacy group. Read more

 

Rozzi receives 2015-16 House committee assignments

(Jan 20, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he is looking forward to serving on two new and two familiar committees for the 2015-16 legislative session. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, appointed Rozzi to serve on the Children and Youth, Commerce, Gaming Oversight and Judiciary committees. "I look forward to continuing my work on the House Children and Youth Committee. The committee made great strides last session in strengthening child protection laws in the commonwealth and will surely continue the progress this session. I am especially looking forward to my new seat on the Judiciary Committee. I am hopeful that we will make progress towards strengthening laws that would better protect victims of abuse." Rozzi said. "I feel very fortunate to have a seat on committees that well represent the issues that are important to the people I represent," Rozzi said. There are 28 standing committees in the state House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before bringing bills to the full House for a vote. Read more

 

Employment Center

(Jan 16, 2015)

Welcome to my Employment Center. You will find everything you need for a successful job search from start to finish. I am committed to helping constituents in the 126th District find new opportunities to improve their lives and I hope you find this information useful. I also welcome your feedback on how this page has helped you... Read more

 

Rozzi sworn in for second state House term

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, was sworn in today for his second term serving the 126th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The swearing in ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  "I am proud of the progress made in my first legislative session. I had a seat in negotiations to strengthen child protection legislation and worked hard to give victims of sexual abuse a voice. I will continue to work hard and push for stronger laws that better protect victims of sexual abuse," Rozzi said.   Rozzi said he will continue to focus on property tax relief efforts, infrastructure improvement, public safety and small business development.Rozzi’s constituent service office is located at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. He said residents are encouraged to stop by or call 610-921-8921 for assistance with state-related issues, including birth certificates and driver and vehicle services.Constituents can also connect with Rozzi by following him on Facebook, Twitter and signing up for email alerts on his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Rozzi.  Read more

 

Rozzi to host child abuse prevention seminar

(Jan 05, 2015)

READING, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free event to teach parents how to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22.The free event will be held at Muhlenberg Middle School, 400 Sharp Ave., Temple. The event is open to the public.The training session will be offered by Darkness to Light and the Berks County YMCA and feature a combination of survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance.“I am proud to partner with Darkness to Light to open the conversation on this tragic topic. As difficult as it is to discuss, we have to bring it to the forefront to better protect children from abuse and to help those who have been abused,” Rozzi explained. “Prevention education is essential to breaking the cycle of abuse.”In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Jan. 29 at the same time and location.For more information, contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921 Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more

 

Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more

 

Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 20, 2014)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more