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HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) that would add all health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of assault. House Bill 646 would raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner, while in the performance of duty where bodily injury occurs, from a second-degree misdemeanor to a second-degree felony.
In my last column, I wrote about my sponsorship of legislation (House Bill 1542) to make sure funding for women’s health care would be prioritized to those facilities that provide a broad coverage of care for women, such as hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Currently, a disproportionate amount of money goes to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t offer comprehensive care – such as mammograms – and doesn’t have any facilities in our area.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) today joined her colleagues on both sides of the aisle in voting to approve legislation to reform that state’s two public pension systems.
As a woman and a nurse, I am passionate about women’s health care and making sure women of all income levels have access to the care they need. That is why I have been proactive in working on legislation that would redirect funding for women’s health care to institutions and agencies that provide a wide breadth of care to the greatest number of women in our state.
HARRISBURG – At a press conference today at the state Capitol, Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) unveiled legislation she is authoring to reprioritize the allocation of public funds for family planning purposes and women’s health. Her bill would be the companion legislation to Sen. John Eichelberger’s (R-Blair) Senate Bill 300.
It seems a bit discouraging when I see old, abandoned properties bringing down property values in the surrounding community. The sad truth is that most people find it cost prohibitive to take on the unknown construction variables and tax burden that comes with rehabbing one of these blighted properties. That is why I am sponsoring legislation that will make it more desirable and affordable to bring these properties back to life.
HARRISBURG – Legislation aimed at transforming the use of abandoned and blighted properties in Blair County and all across the state has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the state Senate for consideration, announced Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair), sponsor of the measure.
The Commonwealth is blessed with many lakes, rivers and streams, which is why it is no surprise that fishing is a popular outdoor activity across the state. In fact, Pennsylvania is home to more than 1 million anglers; however, we are always looking to attract even more residents to this fun sport.
Due to the governor’s decision to close three Unemployment Compensation (UC) service centers across the state, there has been a shortage of staff to answer calls and help residents with their claims. One of those centers that was closed was located in Altoona. This has caused extremely long wait times for those trying to call into the centers for help.
This month, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his third state budget plan. Unlike his previous two proposals, this time the governor heeded the call of Pennsylvanians and chose not to propose any broad-based tax increases. Instead, he has taken a page from conservatives and chosen to look for ways to first cut costs, eliminate waste and get rid of redundancies in state government.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) today released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his 2017-18 budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) today announced that under the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, fire and EMS organizations in the 80th Legislative District are expected to receive a total of $178,737.77 in state funding.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) this week received her committee assignments in the House of the Representatives for the 2017-18 legislative session. They are the Health, Human Services, State Government, and Tourism and Recreational Development committees.
WHAT: Rep. Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg), Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair) and Rep. John McGinnis (R-Altoona) are hosting a special seminar on chronic wasting disease (CWD) and its impact on the state’s deer herd. Wayne A. Laroche, director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, will be the evening’s presenter. He will provide information on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), including how to visually spot CWD and the management challenges that go along with finding the disease in free-ranging deer. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
HARRISBURG – Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair), Rep. Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg), and Rep. John McGinnis (R-Altoona) are hosting a special seminar on chronic wasting disease (CWD) and its impact on the state’s deer herd. The seminar is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Central High School in Martinsburg.