November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Wozniak says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this Novembers Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Wozniak reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
July 7, 2016: Legislation authorizing a new access road at SCI Cresson, which is considered essential to redeveloping the sprawling former corrections facility, was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf. Heres more with Senator Wozniak, sponsor of the measure which dedicates over three acres of land to Cresson Township for construction of a roadway at the former prison site.
July 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Lyme disease has been found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Senator Wozniak has some simple tips to help everyone avoid Lyme disease as well as the West Nile and Zika viruses carried by mosquitoes.
July 1, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would reform the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims. Heres more with Senator Wozniak, who says the bill will provide justice for a significant number of people.
June 29, 2016: Senator Wozniak says the budget passed by the Senate on a 47-3 vote is a responsible, bi-partisan bill that provides funding to education and human service agencies.
June 13, 2016: Senator Wozniak today joined with Governor Tom Wolf to recognize police officers across the Commonwealth who have been instrumental in reversing more than 1,000 opioid overdoses in over one year.
June 13, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: With summer coming, more bicycles will be on Pennsylvania roadways. Senator Wozniak has safety tips for motorists and bicyclists on how to share the road.
June 9, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate this week approved legislation thats intended to protect family-sustaining jobs that may be placed at risk by the federal Clean Power Plan. Heres more with Senator Wozniak who supports the measure which provides procedures for the General Assemblys consideration of the implementation strategy developed by the Department of Environmental Protection for the federal Clean Power Plan before its submission to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Senate Bill 1195 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
June 8, 2016: Standing at a State Capitol news conference today with family members who lost a loved one to a drunk driver, Senator Wozniak is praising the states new DUI Ignition Interlock Law which requires a first-time offender to breath into a device in order to start their vehicle.
May 18, 2016: With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic levels, state Senate Democrats today unveiled legislation in Harrisburg to address the opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania from prevention through recovery. Heres more with Senator Wozniak who spoke at the State Capitol news conference on a package of bills that calls for, among other things, emergency addiction treatment programs for drug users currently going without care and a school-aged children opioid and heroin awareness education program.
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May 30th is Memorial Day, and May 21st is Armed Forces Day. Senator Wozniak says veterans, their families and survivors should check and make sure they are receiving all of the benefits to which theyre entitled.
May 6, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: May is national Pet Month. Senator Wozniak says one of the best things you can do for your dog is get a license.
April 12, 2016: The state Senate approved legislation today on a vote of 42-7 that would authorize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Senator Wozniak is a strong supporter of the Senate-amended bill which now returns to the House of Representatives for a final vote before going to Gov. Wolf for his signature. Heres more with the Cambria County Democrat.
March 29, 2016: Senator Wozniak is commending PennDOT for forming a public-private partnership to build compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Johnstown and 28 other public transportations centers across Pennsylvania, taking advantage of the states wealth of natural gas. Heres more with Senator Wozniak, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
March 23, 2016: With 18 Pennsylvania cities testing higher than Flint, Mich., for elevated blood lead levels in children Johnstown is one of those cities, and Cambria County is 10th among PA counties with high lead levels in children under age 7 Senator Wozniak joined with several of his Senate Democratic colleagues and state health officials to offer a focused course of action to better protect children and their families.
March 17, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Wozniak says one of the best ways for people to help their communities is to volunteer as a firefighter or emergency responder.
March 16, 2016: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers say theyve reached an agreement on legislative redistricting reform principles and hope to reach consensus on a specific bill soon. Heres more with Senator Wozniak who spoke at a State Capitol news conference today to stress the urgency for the state legislature to act soon on redistricting reform.
March 14, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate today honored former state Senator Bill Stewart of Cambria County who died one week ago today at the age of 65. Heres Senator Wozniaks tribute to the former lawmaker.
February 29, 2016: Senator Wozniak says the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) will begin implementing a new customer service initiative that will transition 50 administrative or back-office positions from the Dauphin County Assistance Office to Cambria County. Employees hired under this initiative will work at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Cambria County, which is available state-owned space within the Department of Labor and Industry.
February 25, 2016: At a Senate Appropriations budget hearing today, Senator Wozniak reiterated his strong support for the coal industry while questioning the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley. Senator Wozniak conveyed his belief that the coal industry is a critical component of the economic mix of his district. Wozniak told the secretary that it was important to protect coal jobs and dont do anything more than the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is doing in relation to toughening environmental standards on coal-fired power plants. Click here to listen:
February 16, 2016: Senator Wozniak and fellow members of the Senate Transportation Committee joined with members of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee to quiz Turnpike officials about the circumstances leading to the January snowstorm that stranded 500 cars and trucks near Somerset, and what can be done to prevent future incidents.
February 10, 2016: Time for parents and students to begin the process of applying for college loans and grants. Senator Wozniak says Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency can help.
February 9, 2016: Senator Wozniak gives his reaction to Gov. Wolfs state budget address which focuses on increased funding for education and reducing the states projected $2 billion deficit. Heres more with Senator Wozniak, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
January 21, 2016: Senator Wozniak comments on legislation passed by the Senate and House and sent to Gov. Wolf for his signature this week that would delay implementation of the Keystone Exams for two years until 2019. The exams in algebra 1, biology and literature were to be used as high school graduation requirements beginning next year.
January 8, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Wozniak says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.
January 8, 2016: Senator Wozniak is proposing legislation in Harrisburg that would remove the possibility of a plea bargain agreement in cases where a person is charged with using a gun in the commission of a crime. Heres more with the Cambria County Democrat who says we need to clean up our neighborhoods by getting the drugs and guns off the streets.
December 7, 2015: Senator Wozniak comments on Senate passage of a 30-point-5 billion dollar state budget that provides for a historic increase in school funding, the restoration of job creation and human service program funds, and long-term fiscal stability without a broad-based tax increase. The measure now goes to the House and governor for their approval.
December 7, 2015: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has released a report covering testimony from three hearings held this past summer that focused on heroin addiction treatment and recovery efforts and includes recommendations on how to improve services by developing, coordinating and funding those programs. Heres more with Senator Wozniak, a member of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors which released the report today at a State Capitol news conference.
December 3, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Wozniak suggests making a donation to your local food bank as a way to make the holidays happy for everyone.
November 30, 2015: In an effort to stem the tide of violence and crime in the state, Senator Wozniak is proposing legislation that would mandate an education course for high school students about the consequences of drug and gun convictions. Heres more with the Cambria County lawmaker, who says a strong presentation about the consequences of committing serious crimes may wake up students and save neighborhoods at the same time.