Rozzi to co-host training sessions on preventing child sexual abuse

(Jan 17, 2020)

READING, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi invites community members to attend a four-session training workshop to help adults learn how they can protect children from sexual abuse. “Parents in the Know,” a free program to be offered by Safe Berks, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 19 and 25 at the Muhlenberg Township Building, 210 S. George St. Rozzi is co-hosting the program along with the Muhlenberg Township Police Department. “This training program is a great way for parents and other adults to learn how they help prevent child sexual abuse. Those who participate will learn how to better ask questions and how to intervene in a situation when necessary,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “We all have a responsibility to protect children, and this training series will help empower adults to look out for children in the community.” Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. The program is open to all local residents. Read more

 

Rozzi, Schwank announce computer science grants for Muhlenberg, Wyomissing school districts

(Jan 17, 2020)

READING, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi and state Sen. Judy Schwank, both D-Berks, applauded two area school districts on being awarded PAsmart grants. Gov. Tom Wolf today announced $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units across the state. Muhlenberg and Wyomissing Area school districts were each awarded $35,000. “We live in a digital world, and computer science education is a necessity,” Rozzi said. “I applaud these districts for working to expand this valuable training, so that more students will be well prepared for the future.” Schwank added: “We need to do all that we can to ensure our students successfully transition to higher education or enter a workforce that increasingly relies on computer science skills. This funding will allow Wyomissing and Muhlenberg school districts to better prepare their students.” The PAsmart Targeted grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The 163 new Targeted grant awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. More information on the Read more

 

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses

(Dec 30, 2019)

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

(Nov 26, 2019)

Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, bill sponsors Reps. Mark Rozzi, Todd Stephens, and Jim Gregory; legislators; advocates and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. “After tireless and passionate work on the part of so many, especially countless brave victims, these bills will today become law, and victims of one of the most unimaginable forms of abuse will receive the support and rights they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “And while we celebrate the monumental victory of many survivors of childhood sexual abuse finally receiving their opportunity for justice, we must continue pushing forward until every survivor, of every age, has the chance to tell his or her story.” “These reforms fundamentally change our justice system and will protect generations of children who experience abuse from this day on,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “While we still must address justice for those survivors who made this day possible, seeing this progress gives me hope that bravery and activism will win over entrenched interests and powerful institutions.” Gov. Wolf signed these bills: House Bill 962 , sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, abolishes Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse and extends the timeline victims have to file civil action Read more

 

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced the historic passage of two bills that would help bring justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. “For years, I’ve been fighting relentlessly for victims of childhood sexual abuse. During that time, we’ve seen countless examples of the hidden epidemic of child sexual abuse and the coverup by institutions, as more and more survivors shared their stories,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “We could have and should have reformed the statute of limitations years ago, but we’re finally making progress today. This has been a long road that required compromise, given the political dynamic in Pennsylvania. But finally, victims are closer to being guaranteed the ability to seek justice.” House Bill 962, introduced by Rozzi, passed the Senate Wednesday. The bill would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, extend the civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse until the victim reaches age 55, and waive the sovereign and governmental immunity related to childhood sexual abuse. The bill was amended in the Senate and will return to the House for a concurrence vote. The Senate also on Wednesday passed H.B. 963, a constitutional amendment that would open a retroactive two-year window so that victims who have aged out of the current statute could sue for damages. If the bill passes the House and Senate Read more

 

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28

(Sep 17, 2019)

TEMPLE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at his district office. Rozzi’s office is at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District are invited to bring any papers containing confidential or personal information to have them securely shredded. “Shredding old documents helps to keep personal information out of the hands of identity thieves,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m glad to be able to help make this service easily available for community members.” Anyone with questions can call Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. ### Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws

(Feb 21, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Rozzi's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 02, 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

 

Rozzi: Senate must return to deliver justice to abuse survivors

(Oct 22, 2018)

"We will get the "window to justice" passed, as was intended by all of the grand jury recommendations over the past 14 years." Read more

 

Senate Fails to Vote on Child Sex Abuse Bill

(Oct 18, 2018)

In a last ditch and shameful effort to defend those institutions that sexually abused children and then covered up the abuse, Senator Scarnati refused to bring up Senate Bill 261 for a vote. Read more

 

Rozzi releases statement on negotiations over ‘window to justice’

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today released the following statement regarding ongoing negotiations over statutes of limitation reform: “Speculation is that the Senate Majority Caucus plans to amend S.B. 261 to strip institutions from the statute of limitations window for victims of sexual abuse. This is completely unacceptable. A window that does not include institutions is not a window at all. Victims have endured a lifetime of suffering as a result of being sexually abused and then having that abuse covered up by the institutions that abused them. To exclude institutions from the window is just another step toward denying victims the relief that they desperately deserve. This is not a true window to justice.” Rozzi will release further remarks following the review of proposed language. Read more

 

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote

(Oct 15, 2018)

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote Read more

 

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators

(Oct 15, 2018)

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators Read more

 

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims

(Oct 15, 2018)

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims Read more

 

Rozzi announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 13, 2018)

READING, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced several local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. The following local municipalities received grants: Berks County Solid Waste Authority - $85,545 Lower Alsace Township - $283,249 Muhlenberg Township - $335,619 Reading City - $349,992 West Reading Borough - $141,772 “This funding helps encourage our local government agencies to offer programs that make it easier for residents to recycle and take better care of our environment,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, and I’ll continue to support efforts to promote the importance of recycling in our communities.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Rozzi: Statute of limitations reform without a ‘window to justice’ is unacceptable

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today called a recent proposal from Senate leaders on statute of limitations reform “unacceptable” and said that a “window to justice” is essential for abuse victims. “Victims want their day in court. They want to expose predators and those who covered up crimes,” Rozzi said. “They want to protect other children from being harmed. They want a path to justice and healing, and the window is the only way to achieve that.” Last month, the House overwhelmingly passed Rozzi’s “#WindowtoJustice” amendment to S.B. 261, which incorporated the key recommendation from four Grand Jury investigations of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania – the 2005 and 2011 reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the 2016 report on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and the August 2018 report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania. The window has been fiercely opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania. The bill was returned to the Senate, where Republican leaders have opposed the window in the past and offered an alternative proposal which featured “troubling” concepts, including a court process for victims to place perpetrators on a public registry and a one-year period of time for victims to access a compensation fund voluntarily set up by organizations via a tribunal. That proposal does not Read more

 

Rozzi to host free shredding event Oct. 20

(Oct 11, 2018)

READING, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at his district office. “Shredding old documents that contain confidential information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This event makes it easy to dispose of those papers safely. The shredded papers will be recycled, so it’s better for the environment, too.” The event will take place in the parking lot behind the office at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District can bring up to 10 boxes of documents to be securely shredding on site and recycled. Attendees are advised to remove all plastic bags, tape and paper clips in advance. Anyone with questions should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Rozzi congratulates Reading on parks grant

(Oct 10, 2018)

READING, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi congratulated the City of Reading on being awarded $300,000 in state funding to rehabilitate Baer Park and the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the grant, made available through the Keystone Fund, on Tuesday. Work at Baer Park will include renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad water feature and new walkways. At the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground, work will include new playground equipment, as well as renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad, and walkways. “These parks are immensely important to our neighborhoods, offering space for recreational activity and serving as community gathering places. This funding is an investment in improving the quality of life for residents of Reading,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources saw the value of improving these parks.” DCNR’s Keystone Fund is celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania. Learn more by visiting www.dcnr.pa.gov and clicking on “grants.” Read more

 

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill

(Oct 09, 2018)

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill Read more

 

Rozzi to co-host training sessions on preventing child sexual abuse
Jan 17, 2020

Rozzi, Schwank announce computer science grants for Muhlenberg, Wyomissing school districts
Jan 17, 2020

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses
Dec 30, 2019

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Nov 26, 2019

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Nov 21, 2019

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28
Sep 17, 2019

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws
Feb 21, 2019

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 02, 2018

Rozzi: Senate must return to deliver justice to abuse survivors
Oct 22, 2018

Senate Fails to Vote on Child Sex Abuse Bill
Oct 18, 2018

Rozzi releases statement on negotiations over ‘window to justice’
Oct 17, 2018

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote
Oct 15, 2018

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators
Oct 15, 2018

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims
Oct 15, 2018

Rozzi announces recycling grants for local municipalities
Oct 13, 2018

Rozzi: Statute of limitations reform without a ‘window to justice’ is unacceptable
Oct 12, 2018

Rozzi to host free shredding event Oct. 20
Oct 11, 2018

Rozzi congratulates Reading on parks grant
Oct 10, 2018

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill
Oct 09, 2018