My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Ward Co-Sponsors Bill to Provide Mental Health Screenings for PA Students - 3/13/2018
Reforms to existing laws relating to mental health services, treatment and screening were the topic of a news conference held Tuesday in Harrisburg. Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss a wide variety of measures relating to mental health. Rep. Ward said the bill she has cosponsored would help to identify students with depression.
Rep. Ward Comments on Bill to Prohibit Down Syndrome Abortions - 3/12/2018
Eliminating abortion procedures that are performed specifically to prevent the birth of Down syndrome children was the topic of a rally held Monday in the state capitol. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) were joined by other lawmakers in support of their bill, which would amend the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act to prevent the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Rep. Ward commented on the proposed legislation.
Rep. Ward Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal - 2/6/2018
The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.
Rep. Judy Ward Comments on Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis - 1/23/2018
House Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to strengthen the fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis by reducing the over-prescription of addictive painkilling drugs in the state’s Workers’ Compensation system. According to recent nationwide studies, Pennsylvania is the second highest state in the number and amount of opioid drugs prescribed per claim. To address this problem, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (Lehigh & Berks), has authored House Bill 18 that would require the Department of Labor and Industry to adopt changes to the official state formulary of medicines that may be prescribed for those within the Workers’ Compensation program. Currently, 21 states, including New York and California, have altered their drug formulary lists for health care payment systems to limit the use of opioids, and those states have significantly reduced the number of injured workers dependent on opioid painkillers. Rep. Judy Ward(R-Blair) offers her comments on the legislation.
Rep. Ward Says Lawmakers Working Toward State Budget Agreement in Harrisburg - 6/29/2017
Lawmakers are continuing to work toward agreement on a state budget plan for the 2016-2017 fiscal year this week in Harrisburg. The initial House Republican budget bill that was passed in April called for $31.52 billion in spending, which is significantly less than the $32.34 billion budget proposal put forth by Gov. Wolf in February. The House budget plan also provided for a modest increase in education spending while providing continued support for public safety and human services programs, without a broad based tax increase. Rep. Ward said she is hopeful that the budget plan will be ready for House consideration soon.
Rep. Ward Comments on Legislation to Improve Women’s Access to Health Care - 5/9/2017
Legislation designed to change the way the state allocates money for family planning has been unveiled in Harrisburg. At a press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) announced that she is authoring a bill to prioritize public funds for women’s health. Rep. Ward said her bill will make healthcare more accessible for women in rural areas of the Commonwealth.
Rep. Ward Comments on Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative - 3/22/2017
A package of legislation designed to protect the rights and freedoms of employees in Pennsylvania was introduced in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative package of bills would give employees the right to opt in or out of union membership and would prevent compulsory or “fair-share” union dues by employees who may not support the political activities of their industry’s union.
Ward Comments on Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
Rep. Ward Comments on Efforts to Find New Solutions for PA’s Growing Drug Epidemic Following Westmoreland County Hearing - 8/4/2016
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is continuing a series of statewide hearings aimed at finding better ways to tackle Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis. The third of eight hearings was held Wednesday in Westmoreland County and included testimony from area law enforcement officials and drug treatment organizations about the growing drug epidemic and what new strategies are needed to address the situation. The General Assembly will be convening a special session to address the opioid crisis this fall in Harrisburg. Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) attended the hearing and said this joint information gathering effort is the first step in finding new solutions to help bring an end to the drug addiction crisis facing the state.
Rep. Ward Supports Bill to End Late-Term and Dismemberment Abortions - 6/22/2016
Legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act, limiting abortions to cases of medical necessity after 20 weeks of pregnancy, instead of the current 24-weeks, and ending the practice of dismemberment abortions has been approved by the House of Representatives. Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) supported the legislation and said the changes brought by the bill would bring an end to the objectionable practice of dismemberment abortion.