Samuelson Promotes Alzheimer's Awareness Month

(Nov 21, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks on his House Resolution recognizing November 2019 as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rep. Samuelson announces $100,000 in state funds for ArtsQuest Community Cultural Center

(Oct 23, 2019)

State Rep. Steve Samuelson announced today that ArtsQuest was awarded $100,000 in state funds toward the construction of two outdoor arts plazas as part of its proposed Community Cultural Center on the site of The Banana Factory. Samuelson said $100,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “The new Cultural Center will build upon ArtsQuest’s outstanding record as a beacon for the arts in our community and will bring new performance venues to the South side,” Samuelson said. “The arts plazas to be built with this grant funding will ensure that outdoor venues are an integral part of the new center.” The new funding is in addition to a previously announced $100,000 grant for this project obtained by state Sen. Lisa Boscola in September. With the additional funding secured by Samuelson, ArtsQuest now has $200,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding which will be used for the construction of two arts plazas at the $18.4 million Cultural Center ArtsQuest is developing at The Banana Factory. The new center will include additional studio and gallery space, educational classrooms, event space, offices, a comedy theater and two dance studios. The state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program uses a portion of the funding from an impact fee on unconventional natural gas wells approved as part of Act 13 of 2012. Read more

 

Samuelson Helps Secure Grant for Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(Sep 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson joined fellow legislators and the Lehigh Valley District Attorney to announce a $500,000 grant for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. The data shared through this center is a vital tool for local law enforcement and the grant will help keep residents safe. Read more

 

Samuelson Recognizes National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

(Sep 24, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks on his House Resolution 456 recognizing September 23, 2019, as "National Falls Prevention Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Samuelson Fighting for Redistricting Reform

(Sep 19, 2019)

At a House State Government Committee meeting, Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson discusses current redistricting reform legislation and is optimistic that changes could be implemented for the 2021 redistricting process. Read more

 

Samuelson Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson hosted his annual Senior Fair and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, connecting area seniors with information about the many programs and services that are available to them. Read more

 

Summer 2019 Newsletter

(Sep 05, 2019)

Read my Summer newsletter here! Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Rep Samuelson joins bipartisan effort to push for more transparency in the legislative process

(Jan 30, 2019)

A group of House Democrats and Republican lawmakers have proposed several reforms to the House rules at the start of the 2019-2020 legislative session. Samuelson and his colleagues first proposed the House rules forms on Jan. 1. They said they will continue working with Democratic and Republican colleagues willing to jointhem and good government groups to improve the legislative process. Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more

 

Holiday diaper drive collects over 3,000 diapers for Salvation Army of Bethlehem

(Jan 09, 2019)

BETHLEHEM, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson today delivered 3,106 children’s and adult diapers donated by area residents during his holiday diaper drive to the Salvation Army of Bethlehem. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3

(Nov 28, 2018)

BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. “Infants and Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Northampton County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 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

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Northampton County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PACENET income limits set to rise for first time in 15 years

(Oct 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – A bill introduced by state Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would open the PACENET prescription assistance program to thousands more seniors is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 270, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate in the closing days of the legislative session, would increase the income limits for PACENET from $23,500 to $27,500 for individuals and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. “This is the first time in 15 years we have increased the income limits for PACENET,” said Samuelson, Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. “This increase will not only allow nearly 3,000 PACENET enrollees whose incomes had risen above the limits this year to remain in the program, but will make thousands of seniors across the state eligible for the prescription assistance for the first time.” The Department of Aging estimates more than 14,000 new seniors will enroll in PACENET over the next two-and-a-half years. PACE and PACENET are lottery-funded programs that provide low-cost prescriptions to eligible seniors. “We need to remain vigilant that income limits for our senior programs, including PACENET, keep pace with inflation,” Samuelson said. “Our seniors should never have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for heat, rent or food.” The Read more

 

Samuelson Votes to Increase PACENET Income Limits

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson supported House Bill 270, which would increase the income limits for PACENET prescription drug coverage allowing more of our seniors to qualify for assistance with their medications. Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Samuelson to hold free Southside Community and Senior Fair

(Sep 19, 2018)

BETHLEHEM, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson invites residents to join his 2nd Southside Community and Senior Fair on Friday. Read more