PENNSYLVANIA — State regulators last week voted to suspend and investigate a proposed water rate hike by Aqua Pennsylvania which would have led to a significant increase on monthly water bills. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 3-0 on Oct. 7 to...
OAKS, PA — A veterans' expo has been scheduled for later October, the event a chance for local military vets to meet one another and learn about various veterans' services and benefits. The event, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center...
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA — A local state lawmaker who is passionate about environmental legislation and issues has come out and addressed criminal charges recently filed by the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro against builders of the Mariner East 2...
ROYERSFORD, October 6, 2021 – State Sen. Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks) today released the following statement in response to Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s presentment that charged Energy Transfer and its subsidiary Sunoco Pipeline L.P., with 48...
HARRISBURG, PA — Members of the public are invited Thursday to attend a hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee that will discuss proposed legislation to close a hazardous waste loophole in the state. State Sen. Katie Muth, D-44, who chairs the...
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Some Pennsylvania lawmakers and climate change advocates are urging the state to go green. Sen. Katie Muth, who serves parts of our region, joined her Democratic colleagues and members of the nonprofit PennEnvironment in Harrisburg Tuesday. They were...
"If we are serious about empowering victims and increasing transparency, we need to establish a tracking system that gives victims timely access to their evidence and updates on their cases," Muth, whose district represents Lower Providence and nearby Montgomery...
“If we are serious about empowering victims and increasing transparency, we need to establish a tracking system that gives victims timely access to their evidence and updates on their cases,” Muth said in a news release.
Pennsylvania could see rape kits tracked in statewide system: ‘This is not a Republican or Democratic issue’
“If we are serious about empowering victims and increasing transparency, we need to establish a tracking system that gives victims timely access to their evidence and updates on their cases,” said Muth. “Every sexual assault kit is more than a number — it is the face...
"Parents from throughout our district and across the Commonwealth have contacted our office supporting our efforts to make classrooms safe," Muth states on her state website. "They have serious concerns about the health of their children and for good reason –...
Members of Chester County’s delegation to the state Senate questioned the need for, and motives behind, a Republican-led inquiry into the results of the 2020 presidential election, following the announcement of a “full forensic investigation” by a top Senate leader...
State Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks) and state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D-York) today introduced legislation to establish a property tax and rent relief rebate program for Pennsylvania’s recent veterans.
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with Rep. Hill-Evans on this important proposal to provide property tax and rent relief to our recent veteran population - regardless of age," Muth said in a statement.
NORTH COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, PA — One year after the Ashwood Apartments went up in a blaze that displaced 50 families, officials are lauding the "Herculean" community effort the followed and that they say demonstrates what it means to love your neighbors.
YORK COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Aug. 16 discussed several bills to help struggling veterans, particularly those without housing and those affected by PTSD.
Pennsylvania lawmakers propose property tax, rent relief for low-income, recently discharged veterans
State Sen. Katie Muth, D-Chester, and Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, are working on a companion bill to create the Recent Veteran Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program. It would provide financial relief to veterans who have resigned from service in the last three...
EAST VINCENT — State Sen. Katie Muth, D-44th, of Royersford, and Chester County Coroner Dr. Christina VandePol are calling for an immediate investigation into the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Southeast Veterans' Center in East Vincent. As of Sunday, April...
Back in June, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed House Bill 33, which eliminated General Assistance and the benefits that came with it. Now, a new Bill has been introduced that would restore those benefits. General Assistance provided 11,000 vulnerable Pennsylvanians...
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The resignation of Republican state Sen. Mike Folmer, following his arrest on child pornography charges, shocked his constituents and his colleagues in Harrisburg. "I did talk to him on a regular basis towards the beginning of my tenure, but as the...
EXTON, September 3, 2019 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold three town hall meetings this month to address topics such as the cost of living, youth mental health and more. Sen. Katie Muth will co-host two of the three meetings. Town halls will...
By Katie Muth, Maria Collett and Lindsey Williams
This week marks the end of General Assistance (GA) as we know it. The life-saving program that has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians get back on their feet and bridge the gap to self-sustainability ended on Aug. 1.
After a difficult battle through the legislative process and an underhanded maneuver to tie the elimination of GA to millions of dollars of hospitals, we accept that the program will cease to exist. However, that does not mean that the need has vanished.
Executions have become a rarity in Pennsylvania with Governor Tom Wolf instituting a moratorium on the death penalty. Now, some lawmakers want to take it a step further and abolish the death penalty in the state.
A Pennsylvania inmate has not been executed this century with the last one happening in 1999, but there are still plenty of inmates sitting on death row and some lawmakers think it’s doing more harm than good.
LOWER POTTSGROVE — Attorney General Josh Shapiro was in Lower Pottsgrove Friday to discuss reproductive rights and Title X funding.
“Every day we are fighting in court to protect women’s rights and particularly to protect healthcare and reproductive rights. Fights that we’ve won, 20, 30, 40 years ago, we’re fighting again,” Democrat Shapiro said to the group.
Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania have announced legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the state.
In presenting the Death Penalty Repeal Act, legislators argued that too many innocent inmates wound up death row due to an imperfect justice system.
A state senator whose district includes portions of Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties joined two Philadelphia legislators Tuesday in calling for the end of the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
State Sen Katie Muth, D-44th, of Royersford, announced the introduction of a bill that would repeal the use of capital punishment in the state, alongside state Sen. Sharif Street, D-3rd, and state Rep. Christopher Rabb, D-200th, both of Philadelphia.
A state Senate committee postponed a planned confirmation hearing for one of Pennsylvania’s top environmental officials, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers raised concerns about his agency’s involvement in controversial gas pipeline project.
The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee met Tuesday morning to vote on the nominations of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
LIMERICK — State Sen. Katie Muth, D-44th Dist., has announced that the Limerick Fire Department has been approved for grant funding that will help the department’s consolidation efforts.
The department will receive $84,520 to assist with legal fees and other costs associated with renaming and rebranding.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of lawmakers plans to introduce legislation that would end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) say the death penalty has proven to be unsuccessful as a crime deterrent, incredibly costly, and a flawed system of punishment.
HARRISBURG — Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) were joined by advocates as they called for ending the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
The lawmakers are introducing legislation in their respective chambers to repeal the penalty that is proven to be unsuccessful as a crime deterrent, incredibly costly, and a flawed system of punishment.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania lawmakers announced legislation Tuesday aimed at ending the death penalty in the state.
Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) are introducing legislation in their respective chambers to end the death penalty.
It was a scene all-too-familiar: People gathering in a show of solidarity and support outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.
But this time, the vigil wasn’t for locals, but rather for Congregation Chabad in Poway, Calif., near San Diego, which left one person dead, and three more wounded. The California shooting, on the last day of Passover, came six months to the day of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life, which claimed the lives of 11 people.
A bipartisan group of state senators from Chester and Delaware counties wants to put off the reconfirmation of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell until multiple criminal probes of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects are complete.
Led by Chester County Democrat Andy Dinniman, the group asked Sen. Gene Yaw, majority chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Sen. John Yudichak, the minority chair, to delay what is typically a routine hearing on reappointment, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Rider Brandau is a low-income, first-generation student at Elizabethtown College.
“When students borrow money for college, they agree to pay back that money,” Brandau said. “I will owe roughly $30,000 upon graduation, which is a fair price for what I have received from Elizabethtown.”
Caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison have been working since January 2018 without a contract.
More than a dozen social workers who serve the county as caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison came to the Berks County commissioners meeting Thursday to encourage them to cooperate as contract negotiations continue.
Reading, PA — When talking about raising the state’s $7.25 minimum wage to $15 an hour, state Sen. Judy Schwank said she sometimes hears from the owners of small businesses who say the increase could put them out of business.
“But when the owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurants tells me to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, that he welcomes it, it makes me feel a little bit better about it,” Schwank said.
POTTSTOWN — As the state budget season kicked off with the presentation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, early education advocates kicked off their efforts to ensure that budget funds pre-kindergarten education.
A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies. The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus…
Five Berks County lawmakers will be in leadership positions for the two-year session of the General Assembly just underway in Harrisburg. Judy Schwank, Tomas Caltigirone, David Argall, Katie Muth and Jim Cox assume posts.
KING OF PRUSSIA—Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard,...
A record number of women will be sworn into office in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Tuesday with 50 of them in the House and 12 in the Senate. Another woman will take the oath of office in the House later this month.