Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi kicks off 'listening tour' in Pittsburgh as Harrisburg remains gridlocked

(Jan 26, 2023)

The Berks County Democrat kicked off his cross-state “listening tour” with an evening stop at Carnegie Mellon University, a day after he adjourned the House until Feb. 27. That move, which followed weeks of uncertainty over who would control the lower chamber, effectively froze the entire General Assembly until Allegheny County voters cast ballots in three House races next month — special elections widely expected to seal a razor-thin Democratic majority. Read more

 

House Speaker Mark Rozzi Confirms Upcoming Listening Tour Agenda, Registration Details

(Jan 24, 2023)

Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi today announced an agenda and registration information for the first stop of his listening tour taking place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Simmons Auditorium at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, 4765 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, 15213.Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to register for a speaking slot on the Listening Tour site. While there may be slots available the day of the event, pre-registrants will have priority. Read more

 

Mark Rozzi eyes Pittsburgh for first stop of statewide listening tour

(Jan 23, 2023)

“To help us break this gridlock, I have decided to seek the counsel of those most often neglected: the people of Pennsylvania,” Rozzi said. Read more

 

Speaker Rozzi announces statewide listening tour to break partisan divide, deliver justice to survivors of childhood sex abuse

(Jan 20, 2023)

“As a rank-and-file member of the House for 10 years, I was never involved in the behind-the-scenes politics of the General Assembly. Now, having been thrust into it over the last two weeks, I can tell you one thing: Harrisburg is broken.“During my short tenure as Speaker, I have experienced the highs of seeing former Governor Tom Wolf call the General Assembly into Special Session to pass a constitutional amendment that would provide relief to survivors of childhood sexual assault. I have also seen the lows of lawmakers using survivors of sexual assault as pawns to try to force the passage of another constitutional amendment that would make it harder for everyone to vote.“I have seen the House of Representatives unable to agree on even the most basic question of its operating rules. I have been the subject of tasteless attacks, lies, and threats. At the same time, members from both sides of the political divide have encouraged me to use my Speakership to better the institution for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Pa. House speaker to turn to the public for ideas on ending partisan gridlock

(Jan 20, 2023)

Rozzi said he hopes the members of Speaker’s Workgroup join him on the tour and that by the end of it, “we will have a clear idea on how best to heal the divides in Harrisburg." Read more

 

Pa. speaker’s bipartisan group begins work on House rules

(Jan 17, 2023)

I think we just want to show that Democrats and Republicans can work together and not only find a pathway forward for the statute of limitations, but what can we do together? What other legislation can we pass that we can come to a compromise on?” Rozzi said. Read more

 

Rozzi issues statement on Commonwealth Court Ruling

(Jan 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi issued the following statement upon the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirming Tuesday, Feb. 7 as the date for the 3 currently vacant Allegheny County House seats: “Today’s Commonwealth Court ruling is a victory for democracy. As my first official act as Speaker of the House of Representatives, I immediately reaffirmed the Writs of Election scheduling the special elections for February 7 to ensure all voters in the commonwealth had representation without unnecessary delay or confusion. There is no reason to delay these special elections other than partisan politics, and that should never take precedence over the enfranchisement of over the 120,000 Pennsylvanians who reside in the 34 th and 35 th legislative districts.” Read more

 

Rozzi announces members of Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward

(Jan 12, 2023)

I am pleased to announce the formation of the Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward. The workgroup is charged with breaking the partisan gridlock and proposing a path forward for the House of Representatives to finally provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As promised, the workgroup will consist of six members: three members from the Republican Caucus and three members from the Democratic Caucus. Each member represents varying interests and regions in the Commonwealth and has shown a commitment to principle over politics. While the workgroup does not include any members of caucus leadership, it is my hope that caucus leadership will continue their negotiations while this workgroup carries out its charge. Read more

 

Rozzi announces $2.69 million in violence prevention grants

(Jan 11, 2023)

READING, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced that five community organization within his district have been awarded a total of $2.69 million in grants to go toward violence prevention initiatives. Funding has been awarded as follows: Berks Community Action Program Inc. : $800,000 Center for Children’s Law and Policy : $830,600 Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County : $607,267 Reading Hospital : $193,078 The Salvation Army – Reading : $261,676 “Unfortunately, Reading has been no exception to Pennsylvania’s gun violence epidemic, and patterns will repeat unless effective intervention measures are taken,” Rozzi said. “These grants will help ensure that we can support gun violence victims and survivors while simultaneously curbing community violence at its source.” The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Violence Intervention and Prevention program. The award may be used for efforts toward reducing community violence, such as street outreach, Safe Corridors/Safe Passages programs – which prevent incidents to/from school and other community centers, trauma-informed support to victims and survivors of gun violence, youth activities, and mentorship programs. “Olivet Boys & Girls Club is incredibly excited for this grant from PCCD to implement the ‘Safe Haven Project’ to expand and enhance Read more

 

Rozzi issues statement on first day of special session to provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Jan 09, 2023)

Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi issued the following statement on the special session to provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse:Despite working all day to reach an agreement to move this Special Session forward and to pass a constitutional amendment that survivors of childhood sexual abuse so desperately need and deserve, it has become apparent that the Democratic and Republican Caucuses are too far apart to proceed.This sort of partisan divide is what has plagued Pennsylvanian politics for far too long. Read more

 

Rozzi issues statement on special session to provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Jan 06, 2023)

Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi issued the following statement upon Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of a special session to provide justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse:Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued a proclamation ordering a special session of the General Assembly to consider a constitutional amendment providing for relief to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For that, and on behalf of victims throughout the Commonwealth, I say to Governor Wolf: thank you. Read more

 

Rozzi elected Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House

(Jan 03, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today was elected by his peers as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. After taking the oath of office in the state Capitol this afternoon to commence his sixth term, Rozzi was then elected speaker by a vote of 115 to 85. “I’m proud to say that I’ve served the residents of the 126th Legislative District for the last decade, and I’m humbled to now serve every Pennsylvanian,” Rozzi said. “As speaker, my goal is to remain nonpartisan in order to deliver a sense of unity within the legislature. It’s past time that we work together and restore trust in the people’s House.” Rozzi pledged to caucus with neither Democrats nor Republicans. He affirmed that while at the rostrum, typical politics and the division they subsequently create will have no place in the House chamber. “Sometimes Republicans will win, and sometimes Democrats will win, and that is fine, so long as the beneficiaries are the people of this commonwealth,” he said. Rozzi, most notably known for his work protecting children through abolishing Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse , said that his top priority as speaker is to put people over politics and eradicate instances of hyper partisanship. Photos of Rozzi at today’s swearing-in are available on his website: Read more

 

Rozzi highlights law enforcement safety grants benefitting Berks communities

(Dec 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced state grant funding that will help local law enforcement keep the communities they serve safe. The grants were approved Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of a new Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program . “This funding will put greater crimefighting and community support tools directly where our law enforcement officials tell us it is needed most,” Rozzi said. “I am delighted to see these grants coming to Berks County and will continue working with our local departments to secure even more funding to keep law enforcement working effectively and our communities safe.” Local law enforcement grants awarded include: $153,250 to Central Berks Regional Police Department to upgrade its current record management system to transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System and upgrade its in-house server. $427,462 to Muhlenberg Township for in-car camera systems, license plate readers, and body-worn cameras with peripheral support equipment. $2 million to Reading City for portable tablet computers for patrol, investigations and services division personnel; recruitment funding; pole cameras; and training (use of force, implicit bias, de-escalation). $153,988 to West Reading Borough for NIBRS-compliant records management system software, backup system, server, in-car cameras, laptop, desktops, license plate reader, Read more

 

Rozzi’s office provides Christmas presents for more than 300 area children

(Dec 09, 2022)

READING, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi’s annual Christmas Gift Giving event concluded this week with more than 100 local families adopted for the holiday season. Rozzi’s office holds this donation drive every year, where participants choose to support a local family in need. Sponsors buy items on the family’s wish list, wrap and label the presents so that they are ready to be put under the tree by Christmas morning. The presents are currently filling up Rozzi’s district office, located at 4933 Kutztown Road in Temple. Media are invited to visit, take photos and ask any questions about the program. “This year, I’m proud to say that we were able to provide gifts for 114 families, amounting to a total of 312 children,” Rozzi said. “I cannot thank the generous participants enough. Ensuring that every local kid has a gift to unwrap this holiday season will help make their day special.” Rozzi’s office receives hundreds of detailed wish lists from local families, schools and nonprofits every year. Rozzi and his staff coordinate connecting families with sponsors to obtain all the specific items on their lists, creating happy holidays for all throughout the 126th Legislative District. “Times are tough for so many people, and the holidays can exacerbate financial struggles. My office is happy to help relieve this pressure for families in need and replace financial worries with happy memories, Read more

 

Rozzi: How to boost Pennsylvania’s new educator pipeline

(Nov 14, 2022)

We need to establish stronger incentives to keep quality teachers in Pennsylvania. Two bills in the House can achieve this goal and together create the educator accelerator that we need. Read more

 

New law goes after toll cheats

(Nov 05, 2022)

"We're talking about a lot of money that could go to PennDOT that could be used to fix the roads, to fix infrastructure. We're talking millions of dollars left unpaid," said Rep. Rozzi. Read more

 

Rozzi appointed to $1 billion trust dedicated to fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic

(Nov 03, 2022)

State Rep. Mark Rozzi was appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Opioid Misuse and Addiction Abatement Trust, a trust devoted to fighting the opioid epidemic throughout Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rozzi announces $19.5M in grants awarded to his legislative district

(Oct 26, 2022)

READING, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced that nearly $20 million in grants have been distributed to his Berks County district, including an award benefitting FirstEnergy Stadium. Funding, which comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , was distributed as follows: Reading Baseball LP: $2 million will be devoted to ensuring FirstEnergy Stadium can meet Major League Baseball standards. This includes the construction of a two-story structure to house the home and visiting clubhouses, women's locker room, batting tunnels, weight room, team laundry, equipment storage and bathrooms, as well as indoor event space. Part of the existing visiting clubhouse will be renovated into a bathroom for visiting players. A new bathroom for home players will be added. “It is my honor to keep one of the greatest organizations, the Fightin’ Phils, right where it belongs, here in Reading,” Rozzi said. “The Reading Phils are a crucial component of Berks County culture and serve as a major economic boost for our area, so I’m proud to bring $2 million home to benefit this staple in our community.” Alvernia University: $7.5 million will go toward the university’s expansion project to downtown Reading. The project features developing a vacant sixth floor to house the university expanding academic programs and student housing. Albright College: $3 million will go to renovations to the Read more

 

Rozzi brings home $70,000 to help boost community health

(Oct 26, 2022)

READING, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced that his district has been awarded $70,378 in grants to benefit local food distribution and athletic initiatives. Funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development was distributed as follows: Laureldale Borough: $20,378 to repave an existing basketball court and install two new poles and basketball hoops/nets. Helping Harvest: $50,000 to purchase a transit van, which will pick up donations from retail grocer partners and deliver food as a part of the Weekender Program for area elementary schools. “Bringing these grants back to Berks County helps ensure that residents of all ages can lead healthy lifestyles. Access to healthy food and after-school recreation opportunities make all the difference to students, especially at-risk kids,” Rozzi said. “I’m proud to bring this seventy grand home because I know that it’ll benefit families who need it most.” Questions may be directed to Rozzi’s office by calling 610-921-8921. Read more

 

$2M added to funding for work at FirstEnergy Stadium

(Oct 26, 2022)

"It is my honor to keep one of the greatest organizations, the Fightin Phils, right where it belongs, here in Reading," state Rep. Mark Rozzi said. Read more

 

Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi kicks off 'listening tour' in Pittsburgh as Harrisburg remains gridlocked
Jan 26, 2023

House Speaker Mark Rozzi Confirms Upcoming Listening Tour Agenda, Registration Details
Jan 24, 2023

Mark Rozzi eyes Pittsburgh for first stop of statewide listening tour
Jan 23, 2023

Speaker Rozzi announces statewide listening tour to break partisan divide, deliver justice to survivors of childhood sex abuse
Jan 20, 2023

Pa. House speaker to turn to the public for ideas on ending partisan gridlock
Jan 20, 2023

Pa. speaker’s bipartisan group begins work on House rules
Jan 17, 2023

Rozzi issues statement on Commonwealth Court Ruling
Jan 13, 2023

Rozzi announces members of Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward
Jan 12, 2023

Rozzi announces $2.69 million in violence prevention grants
Jan 11, 2023

Rozzi issues statement on first day of special session to provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Jan 09, 2023

Rozzi issues statement on special session to provide justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Jan 06, 2023

Rozzi elected Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House
Jan 03, 2023

Rozzi highlights law enforcement safety grants benefitting Berks communities
Dec 15, 2022

Rozzi’s office provides Christmas presents for more than 300 area children
Dec 09, 2022

Rozzi: How to boost Pennsylvania’s new educator pipeline
Nov 14, 2022

New law goes after toll cheats
Nov 05, 2022

Rozzi appointed to $1 billion trust dedicated to fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic
Nov 03, 2022

Rozzi announces $19.5M in grants awarded to his legislative district
Oct 26, 2022

Rozzi brings home $70,000 to help boost community health
Oct 26, 2022

$2M added to funding for work at FirstEnergy Stadium
Oct 26, 2022