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Reps. Rozzi, Bullock cancel ‘Homeless Youth’ rally out of concern for COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 12, 2020)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, have canceled their rally and press conference scheduled for Monday. The purpose of the rally and press conference was to raise awareness and call for action to help Pennsylvania’s rising number of homeless youth. Read more

 

Rozzi, state lawmakers announce grants totaling more than $40K for Berks County museum, history center

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – Berks County lawmakers Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank announced today that a grant of $33,842 has been approved for the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum and a grant of $7,922 has been approved for the Berks History Center through the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. Read more

 

Rozzi offers free CPR course for residents of the 126th District

(Feb 27, 2020)

READING, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi is partnering with local emergency medical responders to offer a free CPR course for residents of the 126 th Legislative District. The HeartSaver CPR course will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 at Berks Technical Institute, 2205 Ridgewood Road, Wyomissing. “This course has attracted a great deal of interest in past years, and I’m pleased to be able to make it available again,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This is a great chance for community members to learn valuable skills that could save a life during an emergency.” The course is free, but attendees can obtain a certification card for $22 if desired. Space is limited. Anyone interested should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Spring 2020 newsletter

(Feb 11, 2020)

News and events from Harrisburg and the 126th District Read more

 

Rozzi, IM ABLE Foundation present adaptive bike to community member

(Jan 24, 2020)

WYOMISSING, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi joined the IM ABLE Foundation to present an adaptive bike to a community member today. Rozzi and Chris Kaag, founder of IM ABLE, presented the bike to Steve Kreitz, of Wernersville, who lost his leg in a fishing accident. The IM Able Foundation works to remove obstacles that prevent people with disabilities from being physically active, using grants, donations and sponsorships to provide equipment to people with physical or cognitive challenges. “I’ve been proud to support the IM Able Foundation’s great work to make sure individuals with disabilities have access to often expensive equipment that can help them remain active and healthy,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to see what Steve can accomplish with the help of this bike.” Kaag added: “Since he started coming to the IM ABLE Foundation, Steve has been motivated to achieve more than he ever thought he would be able to do after he lost his leg. He’s such a worthwhile grant candidate. We’re so grateful for the community’s support because it means that Steve can redefine what is possible.” More information on the IM ABLE Foundation is available at imablefoundation.org . Read more

 

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

 

Reps. Rozzi, Bullock cancel ‘Homeless Youth’ rally out of concern for COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 12, 2020

Rozzi, state lawmakers announce grants totaling more than $40K for Berks County museum, history center
Mar 04, 2020

Rozzi offers free CPR course for residents of the 126th District
Feb 27, 2020

Spring 2020 newsletter
Feb 11, 2020

Rozzi, IM ABLE Foundation present adaptive bike to community member
Jan 24, 2020

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