Animal protection supported by Schweyer, Schlossberg, McNeill

(Mar 11, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 11 – Today, state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill joined leaders from the Lehigh County Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States in a call to advance legislation to better protect animals from abuse in Pennsylvania. Read more


Schweyer: One month remains for home heating assistance applications

(Mar 10, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 10 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is reminding residents there is only one month left to apply for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. “Many families and seniors are living on fixed incomes which are stretched thin,” Schweyer said. “LIHEAP grants can make a big difference for families to ensure they can stay warm in the cold fall and winter months.” LIHEAP assists lower-income families in paying their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat are eligible for crisis grants. It is available for both renters and homeowners. The application period for LIHEAP cash and crisis benefits ends April 10. Schweyer adds anyone interested in applying can obtain paper applications at his district office – 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206 in Allentown -- or through local county assistance offices. Applications can also be downloaded from the Department of Human Services website. In addition to helping families sign up for LIHEAP, Schweyer and his staff are available to assist visitors with any state government-related services or answer any questions. For more information on LIHEAP, residents may call 610-791-6270. Read more


Schweyer Secures Grant to Help Allentown Food Bank

(Mar 09, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer visits the Syrian Arab American Charity Association in Allentown to highlight building repairs made possible through grant money he helped secure from the state. Read more


Rep. Schweyer brings home $7,451 historical grant to Lehigh County

(Mar 05, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 5 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced the Lehigh County Historical Society was awarded $7,451 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “This grant will allow the Heritage Museum to continue providing educational programming and exhibits that allow current generations to learn about our rich history here in Lehigh County,” Schweyer said. Cultural and Historical Support Program grants provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the commonwealth. Read more


Schweyer Discusses Minority Enrollment at PASSHE Schools

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the status of minority and disadvantaged student enrollment at our PASSHE schools during a state budget hearing in Harrisburg. Read more


Schweyer introduces bill to provide support to humane societies

(Mar 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, introduced legislation Monday that would provide financial support to ease the stress on Pennsylvania humane societies. “While great progress has been made with Libre’s Law, which increases the penalties for those who abuse animals, the justice and rehabilitation for these animals takes an immense amount of time and resources,” Schweyer said. “This bill will help alleviate the heavy financial burden placed on humane societies and their officers.” Under H.B. 2283 , an Animal Cruelty Investigation Fund would be established with the state treasury. Individuals convicted of animal cruelty would be assessed an additional $5 which would go toward training, equipment and expenses for humane society police officers. Schweyer said the funds would also go toward the medical care and food and shelter costs for animals rescued from abuse. “Many of our humane societies are mainly funded by donations and every cruelty case further depletes already thin-stretched budgets,” Schweyer said. “As legislators, we have a duty to protect all living things, especially those which cannot defend themselves. We need to recognize this difficulty and offer support.” The bill is awaiting referral to committee. Read more


Schweyer calls for investigation into arrest

(Mar 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Franklin Urrutia-Cordon. Read more


Schweyer Discusses Allentown's Aging School Buildings

(Mar 02, 2020)

At a state budget hearing with the Department of Education, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the need to invest in Allentown's aging school buildings and also address charter school reform. Read more


Schweyer Discusses Charter School Reform

(Mar 02, 2020)

During a state budget hearing with the Department of Education, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer asks how proposed charter school reforms will impact school districts like Allentown with a high concentration of charter schools. Read more


School safety grant awarded to Allentown city schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Allentown School District will undertake additional school safety improvements thanks in part to a $45,000 state grant that was approved today, announced state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer. Read more


Schweyer: It’s About Jobs and Making Sure the Lehigh Valley Gets its Fair Share

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer shares his opinions after listening to officials testify on transportation, general services and liquor control during budget hearings in Harrisburg. Read more


Schweyer: Lehigh Valley Highway Funding Not Matching Growth

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer questions acting Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian about a change in transportation improvement funding that’s impacting the Lehigh Valley. Read more


Schweyer Concerned About Underfunding Local Health Bureaus

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer questions Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine during state budget hearings about the funding levels for local health bureaus. Read more


Schweyer to hold consumer protection event March 3 at his district office

(Feb 25, 2020)

Allentown, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will be partnering with Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Bureau of Consumer Protection division for a fraud, identity theft and scams event next week at his district office. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Allentown. The public is invited to attend. “Each year, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft and scams and it’s important that everyone knows how to identify a scam and prevent thieves from acquiring your money or personal information,” Schweyer said. Schweyer encourages everyone to attend and learn how to protect themselves from the various phone, mail and digital scams, how to protect themselves online, and even gather financing tips to avoid being taken advantage of on big purchases, like used cars. Read more


Bloomberg Daily Environment Report 7-26-17

(Feb 24, 2020)

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Schweyer: Firearms Background Checks Save Lives

(Feb 20, 2020)

During a Pa. House Appropriations Budget Hearing, state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the importance of funding the PICS background check system to keep firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them. Read more


Schweyer: Veterans, Voting & Raising The Wage Are Top Budget Priorities

(Feb 19, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer continues working to create a budget that reflects the needs of all Pennsylvanians. From providing resources to veterans and raising the minimum wage to protecting elections, he discussed the biggest takeaways from today’s budget hearings. Read more


Schweyer Fighting for Senior Health Care Needs

(Feb 19, 2020)

During the first of several budget hearings in Harrisburg, state Rep. Peter Schweyer questions the Pennsylvania Department of Aging on how to keep the PACE/PACENET programs afloat if court challenges to the Affordable Care Act are successful. Schweyer also pushes for expanded health care funding for the unique needs of our state's aging LGBTQ population. Read more


Schweyer Fights For Budget That Puts People First

(Feb 19, 2020)

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in the first of a series of public hearings regarding the state budget. He explained why the hearings are critical in the budget process. Read more


Schweyer Celebrates the Dominican Republic's Independence

(Feb 06, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a Dominican Independence Day celebration at the capitol. Read more