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Lawmakers Announce Voting Access Improvement Package

HARRISBURG, June 13, 2017 — A group of Democratic lawmakers announced a package of bills today aimed at increasing voter participation in Pennsylvania. "We are committed to reforming our election process by improving voting access and participation," said state Sen.…
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MEDIA ADVISORY – Lawmakers to Announce Voting Access Improvement Package

HARRISBURG — A group of Democratic lawmakers will announce a package of bills aimed at increasing voter participation in Pennsylvania. While citizens are becoming more engaged in legislative issues on the state and national level, voter turnout on Election Day…
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Keep Commitment to Property Taxpayers in Gaming Expansion (Opinion)

June 9, 2017 - Harrisburg, PA - We cannot allow gaming expansion to dilute or diminish proceeds used for property tax relief dollars. When slots gaming legislation was enacted, I supported it because of its promised property tax relief for…
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Boscola Statement on Pension Reform Passage

Bethlehem, June 8, 2017 – Following today’s House vote and the governor’s pledge to enact the bill, state Senator Lisa Boscola today provided the following statement on the public employee pension reform bill (Senate Bill 1): “In 2001, I voted…
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Local Share Fix Includes Grant to Upgrade the Banana Factory

HARRISBURG, May 24, 2017 – Today, as part of House Bill 271, the State Senate fixed the local share issue and included a dedicated funding source to upgrade the Banana Factory. The bill now moves to the House.  As passed…
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Boscola Announces $75,000 for Two Community Revitalization Projects

HARRISBURG, May 18, 2017 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $75,000 for two state Keystone Communities grants aimed at curbing blight and improving a community’s downtown business district. “These state dollars help local officials advance revitalization…
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Lawmakers and Citizens Rally at State Capitol for Redistricting Reform

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2017 – State lawmakers and over 100 citizens rallied today on the Capitol steps for redistricting reform legislation. Calling the current system unfair and a harmful distortion of democracy, reform advocates called for creating an independent citizen’s…
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Senator Mensch and Senator Boscola Introduce Resolution Recognizing April 2017 as Pennsylvania Community College Month

Harrisburg, April 26, 2017 –  Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton), and Senator Bob Mensch (R-Berks, Bucks, Montgomery), co-chairs of the bipartisan Community College Caucus, introduced a joint resolution today recognizing the month of April 2017 as “Pennsylvania Community College Month” in…
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Boscola Announces $25,000 for Tech Firm Collaboration with Community College

HARRISBURG – April 19 - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a $25,000 Ben Franklin Technology Partners grant for a Bethlehem technology firm collaborating with Northampton Community College’s emerging Technology Applications Center. “This grant will help develop a new spray-drying…
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Boscola Announces $3.4 Million in Funds for Easton Water Project

HARRISBURG, April 19, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced $3.4 million in state funding for a water project on Canal Street and Wood Avenue in Easton. “This low-interest loan will enable the Easton Suburban Water Authority to replace…
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Boscola Praises Fanatics and MLB for Saving Jobs at Majestic Plant

Palmer – April 4, 2017 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today praised today’s announcement that will save the production of Major League Baseball (MLB) jerseys and jobs at the VF Majestic in Palmer Township. “I am thrilled with today’s announcement…
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Boscola Announces $346,000 in Grant Funds for Local Projects

Harrisburg – March 31, 2017 – State Senator Lisa Boscola (D- Lehigh/Northampton) today announced a total of $346,000 in local share gaming proceeds for three area projects. "Enabling host and contiguous counties to utilize a share of gaming proceeds has…
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Senate Committee Backs Sen. Boscola’s Snow/Ice Removal Bill

Harrisburg – March 30, 2017 – The state Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously approved Senator Lisa Boscola's legislation (Senate Bill 435) that would penalize motorists, including truckers, for not removing snow and ice from vehicles before driving. I've been fighting…
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Local Sewer/Water Projects

Harrisburg – March 29, 2017 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $710,000 in state grants for four local sewer infrastructure improvement projects. "I'm pleased to help obtain these state funds to expedite improvements to our region's…
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State Senators Discuss Vocational and Job Training at Thorndale Hearing

Coatesville, March 23, 2017 -- At Sen. Andy Dinniman’s request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on vocational and job training opportunities for people with disabilities. “This hearing is aimed at giving local participants, advocates and providers…
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MEDIA ADVISORY – State Senators Discuss Job Training for Individuals with Disabilities

At Sen. Andy Dinniman’s request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday in Thorndale on job training and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities.  The hearing will be held Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at…
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Boscola and Scavello Sponsor Bill to End Gerrymandering

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16, 2017 — State Senators Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) and Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish an independent commission to draw up Pennsylvania’s legislative maps. “It’s time to take the stakeholders out of the redistricting…
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Boscola Pleased with Streamlined State Budget

Harrisburg, Feb 7, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.3 billion state budget proposal for fiscal 2017-18: “This budget proposal is a workable solution to the state’s financial…
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Boscola Spearheads Call for Special Session on Property Tax Elimination

Harrisburg, Feb. 1, 2017 – Continuing to lead legislative efforts to eliminate property taxes, state Sen. Lisa Boscola today joined fellow Senate Democrats in calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special legislative session on property tax reform. A…
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Senate Democrats Call for Special Session on Property Tax Relief or Elimination

Harrisburg – Feb. 1, 2017 – State Senate Democrats said that Gov. Tom Wolf should call a special session of the General Assembly to ensure that legislation that results in significant property tax relief or total elimination is passed and…
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Senator Boscola to Hold Office Hours at Emmaus Public Library

Emmaus, Jan. 27, 2017 –Sen. Lisa Boscola is holding mobile office hours and meeting with local constituents once a month at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 East Main Street. “These mobile office hours make it more convenient for local constituents…
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Boscola Bill Would Double Property Tax Relief Dollars

Harrisburg, Jan. 25, 2017 – In calling for using all gaming proceeds for their intended purpose, Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today introduced legislation that would more than double the gaming dollars available for statewide property tax relief. “My legislation (Senate…
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Boscola Urges Seniors to Look into Eligibility for Rebate Program

Harrisburg, Jan. 24, 2017—State Sen. Lisa Boscola today urged area senior citizens and others to see if they may qualify for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. “For senior on fixed incomes, every little bit helps,” Boscola said. “After paying…
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Senate Committees to Review Possible State Prison Closures

January 11, 2017 - HARRISBURG – Three Senate committees will hold a joint public hearing to review the Wolf administration’s decision to potentially close two state prisons. The Senate Majority and Democratic Policy Committees and Senate Judiciary Committee will hold…
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Senator Boscola Announces $757,000 in State Grants for Local Projects

BETHLEHEM – Dec. 15, 2016 –Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $757,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Lehigh and Northampton counties. "I am pleased to see these state dollars supplementing local community and recreational development…
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Easton Project

Easton, November 23, 2016 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced $1 million in state grant funds to help build a new parking garage deck on North Fourth Street in Easton. “I am excited about how this garage will help…
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Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – Senate Democrats today elected leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session. State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected Democratic Floor Leader. “It is an honor and a privilege to once again be chosen to serve…
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Sen. Boscola Re-elected Chair of Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Harrisburg, November 16, 2016 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously re-elected Senator Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. “I am honored that my colleagues have again chosen me to chair this important committee that shapes our…
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Boscola announces RACP award for Bethlehem Polk Street Garage

BETHLEHEM (October 28, 2016) – Today, state Senator Lisa Boscola is pleased to announce $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding has been awarded to the City of Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority for the construction of the Polk Street…
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Boscola Lauds Continuation of Local Share Funding Stream

Harrisburg, October 26, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today provided the following statement after the Senate’s 46 to 1 vote on House Bill 1887, which would temporarily reenact the law that provides local share revenue for host communities and…
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Two Local Projects

Harrisburg, October 24, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced two state grants totaling $344,121 for projects in Bethlehem and Hellertown. “These funds help our communities advance recreational development and infrastructure improvement projects,” Boscola said. “I will continue to…
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Policy Discussion in Harrisburg Focuses on Teplitz’s Government Reform Bills

Harrisburg – October 19, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today in Harrisburg on ways to reform government and prevent gridlock in the legislature. The discussion…
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State Senate Hearing in Monroeville Focuses on Charter School Reform

Monroeville – October 13, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the role of charter schools in public education. “I hope today’s hearing gives us a…
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State Senate Hearing in Monroeville to Focus on Charter Schools

At the request of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing on the role of charter schools in education. Brewster is proposing sweeping reforms to the state’s charter school law. The hearing will…
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Boscola Announces $1.5 Million State Grant for Local Project

Bethlehem – October 3, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a 1.5 million state grant to build a 14,500 square-foot addition to the west end of the Ben Franklin TechVentures facility on Research Drive in Bethlehem. “I…
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Committee Backs Boscola’s Bill that Restricts Aerial Drones Near Prisons

Harrisburg, September 26, 2016 - The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved Sen. Lisa Boscola’s proposal that would make it a third degree felony to use an unmanned drone to deliver contraband  to prison inmates. “While the advent of…
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State Senate Policy Hearing in Downingtown Focuses on Electronic Billboards

Downingtown - September 7, 2016 - At the request of state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing today on his bill (Senate Bill 1301) that would toughen restrictions on flashing electronic billboards. "The state's…
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Panel Discussion and Film on Redistricting Reform in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, August 24, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) and Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) will take part in a panel discussion this Friday in Bethlehem on congressional and state legislative redistricting reform. Prior to the panel discussion, a segment…
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Joint Legislative Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

Wilkinsburg, August 4, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, a joint state Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing was held today on efforts and resources to fight blight within our communities, including the successes and…
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Boscola Announces Changes to Strengthen CRIZ Program

Harrisburg, July 13, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that the state’s new tax code legislation includes numerous changes aimed at making the CRIZ (City Revitalization and Improvement Zone) program more viable and useful for communities trying to…
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Boscola Announces Confirmation of Zito to District Justice in Northampton County

Harrisburg, July 13, 2016 – The state Senate today confirmed Bangor Attorney Alicia Rose Zito to finish the term of the late Northampton County District Justice Todd Strohe, state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) said today. “I was honored to recommend…
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Boscola Announces $4.4 Million in State Grants for Northampton County

Harrisburg, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced a total of $4.432 million in state Commonwealth Financing Agency (CFA) grant funds for Northampton County projects. “From transportation enhancement projects to infrastructure work, these grants will make…
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Boscola Touts Budget for Education Funding Boost

Harrisburg, June 29, 2016 – Following today’s 47 to 3 Senate vote on a $31.5 billion fiscal 2016-17 state budget, state Sen. Lisa Boscola today provided the following statement: “This spending plan is reasonable, responsible and balanced. I’m encouraged by…
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Boscola Says State Police Job Application Deadline is June 30

 HARRISBURG, June 24, 2016 –- State Lisa Boscola today said area residents that are interested in becoming a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper have until June 30 to apply. “The Pennsylvania State Police is a very old and proud police agency that…
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State Senate Roundtable in Muhlenberg Twp. Focuses on Zika Virus

Reading – June 9, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today on Pennsylvania’s Zika Virus response plan that focused on measures available for state, local and…
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ADVISORY – Governor Wolf Will Hold Roundtable to Discuss Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis

Harrisburg, PA – Tomorrow, Governor Wolf will hold roundtables with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals, and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. WHAT: Governor Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law…
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State Senate Hearing in Erie Focuses on Gas Drilling in the Lake Erie Watershed

Erie – May 5, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Sean Wiley, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing today on problems related to gas drilling in the Lake Erie watershed. “We need to make responsible…
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Senate Roundtable at Capitol Focuses on Moving Municipalities from Distress to Success

HARRISBURG, April 13, 2016 — At the request of state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today on Municipal Financial Challenges and Recovery at the Capitol. Chaired by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh), the…
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Legislative Redistricting Work Group Agrees on Reform Principles

Harrisburg, March 16, 2016 – Stressing the urgency to act soon, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative work group today announced agreement on redistricting reform principles and said they hope to reach consensus on a specific bill soon. The group urged the…
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Boscola Announces $847,000 in State Grants for Local Projects

BETHLEHEM -- Jan. 27, 2016 –Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $847,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Lehigh and Northampton counties. “I am pleased to have played a role in obtaining state grant dollars to…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Sen. Boscola’s Requiring Snow and Ice Removal from Trucks

HARRISBURG -- Jan. 27, 2016 – In opening comments to fellow state Senate Transportation Committee members, Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today urged approval of her legislation that would require truckers to remove snow and ice from their tractor-trailers before driving.…
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Boscola Announces Valley Forge Military College Scholarship

BETHLEHEM, January 21, 2016 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that one student in the 18th Senatorial District will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) in Wayne, PA. Download Application…
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State Police Trooper Application Deadline Nears

Harrisburg, December 22, 2015 –– State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today said people only have until December 31 to apply for a job with the Pennsylvania State Police. “Becoming a state police trooper is a great opportunity for women and…
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Senate Unanimously Approves Boscola’s Road Transfer Bill

Harrisburg, December 10, 2015 – The State Senate today unanimously approved state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola’s road transfer legislation (Senate Bill 1064) that she said would bring an economic development project in the Lehigh Valley one step closer to reality.…
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Boscola Road Transfer Bill Wins Committee Nod

Harrisburg, December 7, 2015 – The state Senate Transportation Committee today unanimously approved State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola’s road transfer legislation (Senate Bill 1064) that will help bring an economic development project in the Lehigh Valley one step closer to…
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Boscola Announces New Investments for Local Technology Businesses

Bethlehem, December 1, 2015 –State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola announces that six growing technology businesses in Bethlehem will receive a total of $483,000 in funds through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP/NEP) of Northeastern Pennsylvania. “This funding will help these…
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State Senate Roundtable in Pittsburgh Focuses on Integrating Arts into Math and Science Curricula

Pittsburgh - November 5, 2015 - At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion in Pittsburgh on integrating arts education into science and technology curricula. "Mixing arts into…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Budget Impasse’s Impact on Schools

Harrisburg – October 28, 2015 – At the request of state Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the devastating impact that the state’s 120-day budget impasse is having on schools across the…
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Senate Roundtable in Harrisburg Focuses on Veterans

Harrisburg – October 21, 2015 – At the request of state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion on helping men and women from the armed services re-enter the workplace as well as…
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Boscola Bill Would Further Protect Bald and Golden Eagles in PA

Bethlehem, September 2, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola has introduced a bill that would increase the state fine as penalty for killing a bald or golden eagle. “While past conservation and protection laws have helped bring eagles back…
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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Boscola’s Crime Victims’ Restitution Bills

Harrisburg, July 14, 2015 – The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved two bills sponsored by Sen. Lisa Boscola that would help crime victims collect court-ordered restitution. “These measures will ensure that if a person is victimized, they will…
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Boscola Blasts “Phony” Budget

Harrisburg, June 30, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today called the Republican-sponsored state budget plan a sham; criticizing it for ignoring the public’s deafening demand for property tax relief/elimination. The budget proposal (House Bill 1192) passed on a…
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State Police Job Application Deadline Nears

Harrisburg, June 26, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today said people have until June 30 to apply for a job with the Pennsylvania State Police. “Becoming a state police trooper is a great opportunity for women and men…
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Boscola & Browne Applaud Cooperation in working to preserve 911 systems

HARRISBURG (JUNE 25) – Today state Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) voted in favor of House Bill 911 which updates the state’s 911 system.  More importantly, the bill, as amended in the Senate earlier this month,…
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BOSCOLA: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to December 31

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today reminded senior citizens that they now have until December 31 to file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program. “While the legislature continues to debate property tax relief proposals,…
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Boscola Blasts Senate Republicans for Partisan Vote against State Police Commissioner

Harrisburg -- June 8, 2015 – Calling it “’Romper Room’ style politics at its worst,” state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today criticized majority Republicans for their partisan opposition to acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown’s confirmation.  In a largely party…
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Bipartisan Legislative Work Group to Tackle Redistricting Reform

Harrisburg, June 2, 2015 – Calling it an “imperative” first step to any government reform initiative, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers today announced the formation of a legislative workgroup aimed at hammering out redistricting reform legislation. “Modern day government…
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Scavello, Boscola Honor National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive

Harrisburg, May 5, 2015 – The state Senate today passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) and Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18) recognizing May 9, 2015 as National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive Day in the Commonwealth of…
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Boscola & Donchez Announce Details of Future Renovation of Flatiron Building

BETHLEHEM (APRIL 24) – Today State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) and Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, along with building owner Larry Eighmy, marked the award of an $ 830,000 loan for the continued redevelopment of the Historic Flat Iron building. The…
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Boscola Reintroduces Bill Requiring Snow and Ice Removal from Large Trucks

HARRISBURG -- Jan. 22, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today reintroduced legislation that would require the removal of snow and ice from tractor-trailer trucks before driving. “Ice dislodged from rapidly moving trucks is very dangerous – and sometimes…
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Boscola Opens District Office in Easton

Easton, January 15, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced that her new Easton district office is now open to assist local constituents with their state government needs. “I love Easton and am so proud to again represent…
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Boscola Announces Valley Forge Military College Scholarship

BETHLEHEM, January 16, 2015 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that one student in the 18th Senatorial District will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) in Wayne, PA. The scholarship…
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Sen. Boscola Re-appointed Democratic Chair of Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

BETHLEHEM, January 16, 2015 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) has been re-appointed Democratic chair of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. Boscola has held the position since she was first elected to the Senate in 1998. “I…
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Local Clean Energy Projects

Bethlehem, January 15, 2015 –State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of $ 1.570 million in state grant/loan funds for two alternative clean energy projects in Northampton County. “Apart from advancing availability and use of clean energy alternatives,…
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Boscola Sworn in to Senate Term

Harrisburg, January 6, 2015 – Senator Lisa M. Boscola today took the oath of office in swearing-in ceremonies at the State Capitol as she begins a new term in the Pennsylvania Senate. “I love my constituency and am so proud…
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Boscola Announces $ 115,000 in Grants for two local Technology Businesses

Bethlehem, December 22, 2014 –State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of $ 115,000 in state grant funds for two growing technology companies in Bethlehem. “This funding will help these businesses expand and enhance economic growth in our…
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Boscola calls PA 529 College Savings Plan a Good Holiday Gift Idea

Bethlehem, Dec. 15, 2014 — Sen. Lisa Boscola today said local families can give the “gift of education” to a child on their holiday shopping list by opening or contributing to a Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Plan.
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Senator Boscola Re-elected Chair of Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Harrisburg, November 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously re-elected Senator Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. “I am honored that my Senate colleagues have again selected me to lead this important committee that shapes…
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Boscola Lauds Enactment of Rebate Benefits Shield Law

Harrisburg, October 27, 2014 –- Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today lauded enactment of legislation that will shield thousands of seniors from losing their Property Tax and Rent Rebate eligibility due to small Social Security cost of living (COLA) hikes. “This…
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Boscola Announces More Than $ 1.8 Million in Conservation Grants

Bethlehem, October 23– State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded seven grants in Lehigh & Northampton Counties, totaling $ 1,865,634 through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP). “With the…
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Boscola Announces More Than $ 317,000 in State Funds for Lehigh Valley Projects

Bethlehem, October 21 — State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced $ 317,375 in state funding funds for two local projects through the Commonwealth Financing Agency (CFA). “I am pleased to help obtain state dollars to assist funding worthy local projects,”…
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Boscola Announces Municipalities in Lehigh, Northampton Counties to Receive More Than $ 55,000 in Recycling Grants

Bethlehem, PA, October 16 - State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that four municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, will be receiving Recycling Performance Grants, totaling $ 55,176 for their recycling efforts for the 2012 calendar year. The Bethlehem legislator…
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Senator Lisa Boscola Now Accepting Toys for Tots Donations at Bethlehem District Office

Bethlehem, October 14 — As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Senator Lisa M. Boscola has once again joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to help collect toy donations at her district office in downtown Bethlehem. Individuals…
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Boscola Praises Consumer Protections in Utility Reform Bill

Harrisburg, October 9, 2014 – Calling it a balanced proposal that gives struggling families more protection and flexibility to avoid utility shut-offs, Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today praised the Senate for its unanimous approval of utility reform legislation. “I am…
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Boscola Announces $ 250,000 in State Funds to the City of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, September 9, 2014 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the City of Bethlehem is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $ 250,000 through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. “It always pleases me…
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Boscola Announces More Than $ 205,000 in State Grants to Arts Programs and Organizations

Bethlehem, August 28, 2014 - Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has awarded $ 205,398 in state funding to local arts programs and organizations in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Boscola praised the Council for…
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Boscola Announces $ 960,000 State Loan to Help a Business Expand in Pennsylvania

Bethlehem , August 12, 2014 - Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that a new business looking to expand operations into Northampton County was awarded $ 960,000 in state funding. The loan will help The Bug Company create 41 new jobs…
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Boscola Announces $ 50,000 Ben Franklin Investment

BETHLEHEM – August 11, 2014 –State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that a local company, Colymer Industries, will receive a $ 50,000 grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP/NEP) of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Ben Franklin Technology Partners receives a…
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Boscola Announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Extension

Harrisburg, June 12, 2014 -- State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate filing deadline has been extended to December 31. “This filing extension will provide more time for seniors to apply for a rebate check,” Boscola…
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Boscola Reminds Students of May 1 College Aid Deadline

Bethlehem, April 22, 2014 – Senator Lisa M. Boscola today reminded college students and their parents that the deadline to apply for a 2014-15 state student aid grant is May 1. “With the spiraling costs of a college education, student…
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Boscola Pleased with PUC’s Consumer Protection Steps on Electric Choice

Harrisburg, April 3, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today applauded the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) proposed regulations that will give electric choice shoppers more detail, disclosure and timely information on their options. “The bottom line is that these…
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Boscola Reminds Residents of Electric Choice Public Forum

Bethlehem, March 24, 2014 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today reminded area residents that she will be holding an Electric Choice Public Forum on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  This forum will take place from 5:15pm to by 7:15pm at…
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Boscola Announces $ 1.507 Million in Grants for Monroe County

Bethlehem, March 20, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced a total of $ 1.507 million in grant funds for Monroe County projects. “These are good projects that will make needed improvements throughout Monroe County,” Boscola said. “I…
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Boscola Announces $ 1.265 Million in Grants for Northampton County

Bethlehem, March 20, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced a total of $ 1.265 million in state grant funds for Northampton County projects. “These are good projects that will make our communities safer and more attractive for…
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Boscola Strengthens Her Consumer Choice Protection Legislation

Harrisburg, March 18, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today introduced her proposal aimed at helping consumers shop for less expensive electricity and avoid sticker shock when they agree to variable rate pricing deals. “My legislation (Senate Bill 1297)…
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Boscola Bills Would make State’s Electric Choice Program more Consumer Friendly

Harrisburg, March 7, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced she is introducing legislation that would benefit consumers who switch electric suppliers or choose a variable rate payment plan. One of Boscola’s bills would require the state Public…
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Boscola: Veterans Designation Available for Driver’s License

Bethlehem, March 7, 2014 — U.S. military veterans can now apply to get a veterans designation on their driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card, state Sen. Lisa Boscola announced today. “Apart from the proud designation of military service to their…
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Boscola Announces Valley Forge Military College Scholarship

BETHLEHEM, February 25, 2014 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that one student in the 18th Senatorial District will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) in Wayne, PA.  The scholarship…
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Boscola Announces $ 806,248 for Natural Gas Refueling Station in Pen Argyl

Bethlehem, February 4, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today announced a $ 806,248 grant for Waste Management Inc. to construct a public access compressed natural gas filling station with one fast fill pump at the Grand Central Sanitation…
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Senate Committee Approves Boscola’s Crime Victims Restitution Bills

Harrisburg, January 28, 2014 – The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved two bills sponsored by Sen. Lisa Boscola that would help crime victims collect restitution. “According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, only 12 percent of victims…
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Boscola Criticizes State Police for Unlawfully Targeting Volunteer Clubs

Harrisburg, January 28, 2014 – Speaking on the state senate floor, Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today sharply criticized the Pennsylvania State Police for refusing to uphold Pennsylvania’s new law that allows charitable and volunteer clubs to offer small sports betting…
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Boscola Announces Almost $ 715,000 in Growing Greener Grants for the 18th Senatorial District

BETHLEHEM, January 22, 2014 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection will invest almost $ 715,000 in watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational…
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Boscola Announces $ 10.7 Million State Loan for Bethlehem Sewer Project

HARRISBURG, January 21, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a $ 10.7 million state low-interest loan that will be used to make improvements to the City of Bethlehem’s sewer system. Boscola said the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)…
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Kelly to Serve as Senator Boscola’s District Office Director and Counsel

HARRISBURG, January 15, 2014 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that she has hired Joseph M. Kelly to serve as her district office director and legislative counsel. “I am thrilled to welcome Joe to my team and am confident…
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Senator Boscola Announces New DCNR Grants Now Available

BETHLEHEM, -January 14, 2014- State Senator Lisa Boscola announced that new recreation and conservation grants for 2014 are available through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  Applications will be accepted from January 15 - April 16, 2014. The…
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Boscola Announces $ 100,000 Ben Franklin Investment

BETHLEHEM – January 10– State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that a local company, Cerora, will receive a $ 100,000 investment from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP/NEP) of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Ben Franklin Technology Partners receives a significant number of…
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Boscola announces Master Watershed Steward Program for Lehigh & Northampton Counties

BETHLEHEM,  January 3, 2014- State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that a new program in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program, will be training volunteers as a Master Watershed Steward. “This is a wonderful opportunity…
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Boscola Lauds Selection of Bethlehem as Economic Development Zone

Bethlehem, December 30, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today praised the state’s decision to designate Bethlehem as one of two statewide choices for a new economic development program that enables a city to reinvest future state and local tax…
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Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift?

Boscola Details Tax Benefits of Contributing to College Savings Plan by Year’s End Bethlehem, Dec. 13, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today said those who contribute to a 529 College Savings Program by Dec. 31 can reduce their 2013…
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Boscola Announces State Approved KOZ Designation Easton Area Projects

Bethlehem, December 6, 2013 -- State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) applications that directly impact economic development projects in the City of Easton and surrounding area. “Some of…
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Boscola Announces $ 1.4 million in Park and Recreational Grants for Area Projects

Bethlehem, December 5, 2013 -- State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of over $ 1.4 million in state grant funds for nine local parks/recreational projects. “These state funds will help local and community leaders move forward on…
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Governor Enacts Boscola Sports Pool Proposal

HARRISBURG, November 27, 2013 – Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law legislation originally introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) that legalizes small sports betting pools. “I am pleased that our law finally recognizes the legitimacy of this harmless and…
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Boscola Announces Over $ 800,000 in Recreational Grants for Local Projects

Bethlehem, November 21, 2013 -- State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of $803,335 in state grant funds for five Northampton County recreational projects. “These state dollars should help improve the attractiveness, viability and use of these areas…
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Local Infrastructure Projects

HARRISBURG, Nov 21, 2013 — State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced over $5 million in state funding funds for three local projects. “I am pleased to help obtain state dollars to assist funding worthy local projects,” Boscola said. “I will…
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Senator Boscola’s Office is Now Accepting Donations for Toys for Tots

BETHLEHEM, November 21, 2013 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that her Bethlehem office, located at One East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, is now accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign. “I am very…
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Senate Approves Boscola Sports Pool Proposal

HARRISBURG, October 23, 2013 – Calling it a “common sense vote for a harmless and leisurely activity that most people already assume is legal,” state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today announced that the senate voted 45 to 5 in favor…
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Boscola: LCB Awards Grants to Community Partners for Alcohol Education

Bethlehem, August 28, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has once again awarded grant funds to community partners throughout the Commonwealth for alcohol awareness. Boscola (D-Northampton) announced that the Bethlehem Police…
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Boscola’s summer interns to present issue projects at Bethlehem Area Public Library

Bethlehem, August 9, 2013 - State Senator Lisa Boscola's summer interns will be presenting their issue-based research projects for the public at the Bethlehem Area Public Library (Main Library) on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 starting at 11:00 AM. “My interns have…
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Senator Boscola Urges Awareness of Heat Wave Dangers

Bethlehem, July 16, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today urged citizens to take safety precautions to avoid heat-related problems. “Health effects from heat should not be taken lightly,” Boscola warned. “If you are at work or just spending time…
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Boscola Legislation Would Help Crime Victims Collect Restitution

Harrisburg, July 1, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola has introduced three bills aimed at helping crime victims collect restitution. “Pennsylvania’s current restitution system leaves too many opportunities for perpetrators to evade paying restitution to those they victimized,” Boscola said.…
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Boscola Says Budget Legislation Provides Key Job and Education Investments

Harrisburg, June 30, 2013 – In voting for the state’s new $28.4 billion budget and tax code legislation, State Sen. Lisa Boscola said the state is making targeted investments that should help spur economic development and lessen the school funding…
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Boscola Says Budget Legislation Provides Key Job and Education Investments

Harrisburg, June 30, 2013 – In voting for the state’s new $28.4 billion budget and tax code legislation, State Sen. Lisa Boscola said the state is making targeted investments that should help spur economic development and lessen the school funding…
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Boscola appoints Toro to PUC’s Consumer Advisory Council

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today appointed Javier R. Toro of Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, to a two-year term on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Consumer Advisory Council (CAC). “I am pleased to appoint such a…
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Boscola: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended

Harrisburg, June 11, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that the filing deadline for the Lottery-funded Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31.
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Senate Roundtable Discussion Focuses on Violence & Crime in Small Cities

JOHNSTOWN, June 6, 2013 – Small urban areas across Pennsylvania are being plagued with violence, crime and gang warfare. In an effort to address this critical public safety issue, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, at the request of Sen. John…
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New Location for Senator Boscola’s Bethlehem Office

BETHLEHEM (May 28, 2013) - State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today announced that she is relocating her Bethlehem office to One East Broad Street, Suite 120. The new office will be open to the public on Monday, June 3 at…
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Potential Impact of Medicaid Expansion is Focus of State Senate Roundtable Discussion

SCRANTON, May 23, 2013 – As Gov. Tom Corbett continues to mull the decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today brought together legislators, health care professionals, advocates and experts to discuss the potential impact of…
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Senate Committee holds Pittsburgh Hearing to Debate Voting Reforms

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2013 – The state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing in Pittsburgh to discuss ways to encouraging greater voter participation in Pennsylvania elections. Held at the request of Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), the hearing focused…
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Senate Committee to Debate Voting Reforms in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, May 3, 2013 – Aimed at encouraging greater voter participation in Pennsylvania elections, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh next week. The hearing will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m.…
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Boscola Announces a $ 33,500 Grant Being Awarded to the Slate Belt Council of Governments

BETHLEHEM - April 29, 2013 - State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the Slate Belt Council of Governments has been awarded a Municipal Assistance Program grant in the amount of $33,500 for a project involving Portland Borough, Lower Mt.…
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Boscola Announces More Than $ 120,000 in Grants through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners

BETHLEHEM – April 17, 2013 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that three local companies will receive $120,700 through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP/NEP) of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Ben Franklin Technology Partners receives a significant number of grant…
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Boscola Announces Municipalities in Northampton County to Receive Grants for Recycling

 BETHLEHEM - April 17, 2013- State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that four municipalities in  Northampton County, will be receiving Recycling Performance Grants, totaling $42,122  for their recycling efforts for the 2010 calendar year. The Bethlehem legislator said the grants,…
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Senate and House Discussion Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Film Tax Credit Program

HARRISBURG, April 17, 2013 – Led by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), the Senate and House Democratic Policy committees today held a joint hearing to discuss Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program and its affect on the…
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Senate Roundtable Discussion Focuses on Violence & Crime in PA’s Small Urban Centers

WILKES-BARRE, April 2, 2013 – Violence, crime and gang warfare continue to plague smaller urban areas across Pennsylvania. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre to talk about the growing problem of…
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Boscola Says that the Illegality of Sports Pools are the Real “March Madness”

HARRISBURG, March 20, 2013 – With “March Madness” pools seemingly available everywhere this week, State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today reiterated her call to legalize small sports betting pools. “These pools are available in nearly every social club or…
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Boscola Announces Area Recycling Grants

Bethlehem, February 7, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that several area communities are receiving a total of over $1 million in state recycling grants. “Recycling is a great way that households can pitch in to preserve our…
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Boscola Announces over $ 1.6 Million for Seven Northampton County Projects

HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $ 1.675 million in state grant funds for seven economic development and infrastructure projects in Northampton County.
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Boscola Announces $ 600,000 for Monroe County Project

HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced $ 600,000 in state grant funds for an economic development project in Monroe County. “Apart from the gaming funds distributed for property tax relief, these gaming proceeds help fund…
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Boscola Pushes Bill to Legalize Small Betting Pools

HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 – As thousands of Pennsylvanians this week wager a few dollars on small Super Bowl betting pools, state Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) plans to reintroduce legislation to legalize them.
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Bipartisan State Senate Caucus Meets with Direct Energy

Pittsburgh – January 24, 2013 – The bipartisan state Senate Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus met on Thursday, January 24 with Direct Energy in Pittsburgh to discuss innovation and choice in Pennsylvania’s energy market. Following the meeting, the senators toured…
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Boscola announces $ 165,000 in grants through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners

BETHLEHEM January 16, 2013 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that three local companies will receive $ 165,000 through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP/NEP) of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Ben Franklin Technology Partners receives a significant number of grant…
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Boscola Calls for Emphasis on Child Protection Legislation

Bethlehem, January 8, 2013 – Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today re-introduced a legislative package aimed at keeping children safe. “We must do more to protect our children,” Boscola said. “With a new legislative session underway, I will press my…
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Boscola Seeks to update Small Games of Chance Law

Bethlehem, January 4, 2013 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today said she is pleased with the state Department of Revenue’s decision to delay for one year implementation of the new Small Games of Chance reporting requirements.
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Sen. Boscola Re-appointed Democratic Chair of Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

BETHLEHEM, December 31, 2012 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) has been re-appointed as Democratic chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.
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Boscola: Save for College while Saving on Taxes this Month

Bethlehem, December 21, 2012 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today said families can open or add to a Pennsylvania 529 College Saving Program this month, while reducing their state income tax. “If you contribute to your college savings plan…
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Roundtable Discussion Focuses on Challenges of Smaller Urban Areas

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18, 2012 — Smaller urban areas across Pennsylvania are facing a myriad of economic and financial challenges. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today at the Central Allison Hill Community Center in Harrisburg to talk…
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Boscola Issues Reminder about Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline

Bethlehem, December 10, 2012 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton) is reminding older area residents that the deadline is quickly approaching to file for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. “As the holiday season rapidly approaches, some people eligible for…
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Senate Committee to Hold Roundtable Discussion in Erie next Week

Harrisburg, December 7, 2012 – At Senator-elect Sean Wiley’s (D-Erie) request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion in Erie next week on the state Department of Public Welfare’s (DPW) controversial new reimbursement rates for regional providers…
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Available Resources for Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

If you have been affected by this tragedy, or know of someone in need of assistance, Lehigh Valley residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1, the area's community resource center, where trained call specialists will connect you with local services or…
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Absentee Ballot Deadline Extended for those Counties Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Governor Corbett has issued an Executive Order that extends the deadline to return absentee ballots and have them counted to Monday at 5 p.m. for those counties where election offices were closed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The original…
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Hurricane Sandy Update

Absentee ballot deadline extended in Pennsylvania as state recovers from this massive storm. Harrisburg, October 30, 2012 – (9:20 a.m.) Gov. Tom Corbett provided additional details on how Pennsylvania is dealing with Hurricane Sandy earlier today at a briefing held…
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Boscola Announces Northampton Borough to Receive More Than $ 15,000 in Grants for Recycling

BETHLEHEM (October 22, 2012) – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that Northampton Borough, Northampton County, will be receiving a Recycling Performance Grant for 2010, totaling $ 15,654 for their recycling efforts over the past year. The Bethlehem legislator said the…
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Bad Unemployment News Underscores Need to Invest in Jobs

HARRISBURG, October 19, 2012 – Pointing to today’s announcement that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose again, State Senator Lisa Boscola reiterated her call to prioritize job and economic development investment in Pennsylvania. “Federal labor statistics clearly reveal that Pennsylvania unemployment rate…
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Boscola Applauds Judge’s Decision to Delay Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today issued the following statement following today’s Commonwealth Court’s ruling to delay full implementation of the state’s new voter ID law. “While I understand and support efforts to deter voter…
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Policy Committee Roundtable Discussion Focuses on Farm Profitability

READING, Sept. 20, 2012 — Agriculture is not only the No. 1 industry in Berks County, but also in Pennsylvania. The future of local farming and food prices will have a direct impact on the industry, consumers, businesses and the…
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Boscola: Open a College Savings Account Online this Month and Save Money

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12, 2012 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today said families can save money by enrolling online in the state’s PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) this month. “Families can save on the $50 enrollment fee through the end…
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State Senate Hearing Focuses on Funding Public Schools

Monroeville, June 14, 2012 — Education experts, labor leaders, area school administrators and school board members today laid out disastrous financial problems at a state Senate hearing on the impact of state public school funding cuts. Held at Sen. Jim Brewster’s…
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Senators Boscola and Browne praise PUC complaint against UGI

Harrisburg, June 13, 2012 – Calling it a justifiably tough response to serious infractions, State Senators Patrick Browne and Lisa Boscola today praised the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) complaint against U.G.I. Corporation for safety violations that resulted in a deadly…
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Boscola announces Property Tax and Rent Rebate deadline extended to December 31, 2012

Bethlehem, June 11, 2012 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Commonwealth has extended the deadline for the state’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program from June 30, 2012 to December 31, 2012. She also reminded senior…
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Boscola Testifies at Redistricting Hearing

Harrisburg, May 2, 2012 — State Sen. Lisa Boscola today asked the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) to better adhere to compactness, municipal continuity and communities of interest when it finalizes legislative district boundaries this year.
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Experts Describe Consequences of Raiding PA Race Horse Fund

Harrisburg, May 2, 2012 -- In testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today, Pennsylvania horse breeders, trainers, and veterinarians described the economic success of the Race Horse Development Fund, and the risks to the state’s economy if the fund…
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Senator Boscola hosts Senate hearing in Bethlehem on workforce training issues

Bethlehem – Under Sen. Lisa Boscola’s direction, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion here on workforce development issues and challenges facing community colleges and trade schools.
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Boscola announces $200,000 in funding for Automated Red Light Enforcement

Bethlehem – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that $200,000 in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding will be distributed to two municipalities located in the Lehigh Valley. Statewide, $1.5 million in grants are being distributed to 26 municipalities.
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Boscola Bill Further Protects Children from Convicted Sexual Offenders

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10, 2012 — As the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case prepares to go to trial, state Sen. Lisa Boscola today said her legislation to further protect children from convicted sexual offenders is needed.
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Sen. Boscola Presses Senate to Clean Up Redistricting Process

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6, 2012 - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today spoke on the Senate Floor urging the Senate to reform the redistricting process. She also called on Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks/Montgomery), chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, to bring…
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Senate Democratic Policy Committee Visits Philly to Discuss Campaign Finance Reform

PHILADELPHIA, February 2, 2012 – Focusing on ways to make campaign financing more fair and equitable, a wide range of experts today provided testimony at a public hearing before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
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Boscola Announces State Funds for Local Construction Projects

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25, 2012 — State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced over $2 million in state grant funds for six local economic development projects.
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Boscola Bill Would Toughen Residency Restrictions for Child Sex Predators

HARRISBURG (January 9, 2012) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today introduced legislation that would limit how close registered sex offenders can live to schools, day cares, recreation centers and school bus stops.
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Boscola Reminds Seniors of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Deadline

BETHLEHEM (DEC 20, 2011) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) is urging eligible senior citizens to make sure they file their state property tax/rent rebate application for property taxes or rent paid in 2010 by the December 31, 2011…
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Boscola Blasts Partisan Congressional Redistricting Plan that Splits the Lehigh Valley

State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/ Lehigh/Monroe) tonight blasted the congressional redistricting plan that splits the Lehigh Valley into two congressional districts, the 15th District, represented by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh), and the 17th District, represented by U.S. Rep.…
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Policy Committee Panel Discussion to Focus on Returning Veterans

PHILADEPHIA, DEC. 6, 2011 — The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on employment issues facing veterans returning home from military service. This discussion will focus particularly on employment challenges, job training and workforce development for returning…
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Boscola Bill Would help State System Colleges Streamline Operating Costs

The Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved state Sen. Lisa Boscola’s legislation (SB 1239) that would strip out antiquated state mandates and enable state system colleges to save money by operating more efficiently.
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Free Flu Shot Clinic this Friday, October 28, 2011

State Senator Lisa M. Boscola in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Hospital  Host a Free Flu Shot Clinic Friday, October 24, 2011 12pm to 4pm Look Out Fire Company 44 W Bell Avenue Pen Argyl, PA 18072 For additional information, please…
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Senate Democrats Seek to Augment ‘PA Works Now’ Plan

HARRISBURG, October 18, 2011 - - Today members of the Senate Democratic caucus unveiled legislation to be introduced this week to supplement the “PA Works Now” job creation plan, which has become the centerpiece of their agenda for the fall…
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Boscola Announces Final Approval of $1 Million in State Funds for Slate Belt YMCA

Bethlehem, Oct. 7, 2011— State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced the final approval of $1million in state funds for the proposed Slate Belt YMCA, which will be located in Pen Argyl. “I am pleased that state dollars will be…
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Boscola Launches New Website

BETHLEHEM, October 5, 2011 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola officially announced today the launch of a new, user-friendly website: SenatorBoscola.com. The website’s new design was developed in an effort to provide a tool for the residents of the 18th District…
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Boscola Says Citizens Can Now File Notary Applications Online

Bethlehem, Sept. 19, 2011 – Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced that citizens can now apply online to become a notary public. She said the online system will save time and money. “Filling out an application, submitting it, and obtaining the…
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Boscola Announces Release of $2 Million in State Funds for SteelStacks

Bethlehem, Aug. 31, 2011— State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced the release of $2 million in state funds for the 26,000 square foot festival center at the Steelstacks complex in Bethlehem. “I am pleased that state dollars will be…
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Senate Democrats, Agriculture Professionals Discuss Food Safety and Agriculture Profitability

READING, August 24, 2011 - -  Local and state agriculture professionals today traded ideas and shared concerns and goals regarding food safety and agriculture profitability in Pennsylvania with the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee at a roundtable discussion at Penn…
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Boscola Urges Families to Look Into the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan

Bethlehem, Aug. 19, 2011— Families hoping to save for college have a tax-smart way to keep pace with tuition increases through the state-run Pennsylvania 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP), state Sen. Lisa Boscola said today. Families that enroll in the…
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Boscola Comments on Locations of Reapportionment Hearings

Bethlehem, August 17, 2011— State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today provided the following statement in response to the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s decision to hold public hearings in Allentown (Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Lehigh Valley Government…
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Senate Democratic Policy Committee Panel Discussion Focuses on School Choice

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2, 2011— As the state legislature continues to debate the controversial issue of school choice and tuition vouchers, proponents of and opponents of the issue addressed their concerns about improving education during a panel discussion today in Philadelphia…
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Boscola: Use Table Game Revenues for Property Tax Relief

HARRISBURG – July 20 – As a result of the state’s massive revenue surplus, which state Sen. Lisa Boscola says provides more than enough cushion for general state expenses, the lawmaker has authored a measure that directs the $71 million…
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Wastewater Treatment Loan Approved for Bethlehem

HARRISBURG – JULY 20 – A loan in excess of $9.4 million to improve the treatment of wastewater in the City of Bethlehem has been approved by a state agency, state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola announced today. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure…
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Boscola Says New State Budget fails PA

Harrisburg, June 28, 2011— Stating that “irresponsible budget cuts are just as bad as irresponsible spending,” state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today voted against the state’s new $27.15 billion spending plan, which passed the Senate in a party line vote.…
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Boscola’s Musikfest Open Container Proposal Wins Senate Approval

Harrisburg, June 22, 2011— The state Senate yesterday unanimously approved Sen. Lisa M. Boscola’s proposal that would legally allow open containers and continue the “beer-to-go” tradition that has been part of Bethlehem’s Musikfest celebration for many years. Under the omnibus…
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Boscola Announces Extension of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline

BETHLEHEM, June 3, 2011 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today announced that the Commonwealth has extended the deadline for the state’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program from June 30, 2011 to December 31, 2011. She also reminded senior…
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Boscola Says She will work to Restore Jobs Programs in Budget

Harrisburg, May 26, 2011— State Sen. Lisa Boscola today said she will work to restore funding for proven jobs and economic development programs in this year’s state budget. “In these difficult economic times, we cannot afford to underfund successful jobs…
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Senate Balks at Boscola Amendment to Ban Use of UC Debit Cards at Casinos

HARRISBURG, May 24, 2011 –- State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Luzerne/Monroe) today introduced a floor amendment that would have banned unemployed individuals from accessing their unemployment compensation (UC) from ATM’s in casinos. “Unemployment benefit dollars are intended to be used to…
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Boscola Announces $18,200,000 in Funding for Local School Districts

BETHLEHEM (JUNE 3) – State Senator Lisa Boscola is pleased to announce today that two Monroe County School Districts have been awarded funding through the federal Qualified School Construction Bond Program (QSCB) which was authorized through the American Recovery and…
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Boscola Addresses Musikfest ‘Beer to Go’ Issue

BETHLEHEM (Aug 10) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Colonel Frank E. Pawlowski, urging the State Police's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (LCE) to not issue citations to restaurants serving…
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Boscola Calls for Greater Accountability in State Employee Auto Use

Harrisburg, May 11, 2011— State Sen. Lisa Boscola today introduced an amendment that would require nearly all state employees, including legislators, to publicly divulge detailed information on mileage reimbursement claims. The Senate unanimously approved the Boscola austerity measure. “In our…
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Boscola Lauds Passage of Bill to Ban Bath Salts/Synthetic Marijuana

Harrisburg, May 10, 2011—-State Sen. Lisa Boscola today praised the Senate’s unanimous passage of legislation that would ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, salvia divinorum and synthetic marijuana. Senate Bill 1006, which Boscola co-sponsored, would add…
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Boscola Announces Over $5.6 Million in State Funding for Area Projects

Bethlehem, May 5, 2011 - - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced state grants totaling over $5.67 million for three local projects. The funding for the projects were awarded though the H2O PA program and the contiguous “local share” casino…
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Boscola Announces $5.63 Million in State Grants for Local Projects

Bethlehem, May 5, 2011 - - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced state funding totaling over $5.63 million for three projects in Monroe County and one in Northampton County. “I am pleased that we have found the means to fund…
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Boscola’s Vets Driver License Bill Wins Committee Nod

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 – The state Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola that would require PennDOT to denote if a person is a military veteran on their driver’s license. “By denoting veteran’s…
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Boscola Announces Over $5.6 Million in State Funding for Area Projects

Bethlehem, May 5, 2011 – - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced state grants totaling over $5.67 million for three local projects. The funding for the projects were awarded though the H2O PA program and the contiguous “local share” casino…
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Boscola Announces $5.63 Million in State Grants for Local Projects

Bethlehem, May 5, 2011 – - State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced state funding totaling over $5.63 million for three projects in Monroe County and one in Northampton County. “I am pleased that we have found the means to fund…
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Boscola Blasts No-Show DEP Secretary

Harrisburg – May 2, 2011 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola today, along with Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, sent a letter today to Michael Krancer, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), accusing Krancer of misleading Senate Democrats…
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Senate Democrats, Local Experts and the Public Discuss Marcellus Shale

PITTSBURGH, April 28, 2011 – - Public safety, public health, environmental, and natural gas industry experts today had the opportunity to discuss Marcellus Shale drilling and the opportunities and challenges it presents with the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee at a…
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Senate Democrats Gather Ideas on Improving Job Training Programs

Philadelphia – April 15, 2011 –Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chair Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) said Democrats will hone their PA Works jobs and economic development plan with many of the ideas offered at yesterday’s roundtable discussion in Philadelphia. “I thought the…
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Boscola Touts Senate Democratic Budget Proposal

Legislation would save over $1 Billion to Restore Education Funding and More Philadelphia – April 14, 2011 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola and fellow Senate Democrats today unveiled an alternative budget plan that would generate $1.14 billion in savings and…
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Senator Boscola’s Sportsmen’s Advisory Committee to Host Sportsmen’s Night

BETHLEHEM (March 24) – State Senator Lisa Boscola’s Sportsmen’s Advisory Committee will be holding a Sportsmen’s Night on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 7:00pm at the Tri-Boro Sportsman Club in Northampton, PA.  The focus of this meeting will be to…
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Senator Boscola Announces Introduction of Legislation as a Result of ‘SWAPS’ Investigation by Auditor General

BETHLEHEM (MARCH 16) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola was joined by Pennsylvania State Auditor General Jack Wagner and State Senator Patrick M. Browne at a press conference today to announce the introduction of two bills based on the findings…
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available in Boscola’s Offices

Reintroduces Bill Freezing Senior Citizen Property Taxes Bethlehem – February 16, 2011 – Application forms for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2010 are now available in Sen. Lisa Boscola’s local offices. “With the property tax burden so…
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Senator Boscola Elected Chair of Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Harrisburg, January 25, 2011 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously elected Senator Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. “I am thrilled with this leadership post because it will provide me with the means to advance legislative…
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Boscola Reintroduces Bill Requiring Snow Removal from Vehicles

BETHLEHEM -- Jan. 21, 2011 – Calling ice on vehicles a “potentially deadly highway hazard,” state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today reintroduced legislation that would require motorists to clear snow and ice off their cars and trucks before driving. “Leaving…
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Boscola Tabbed for Senate Democratic Leadership Position

HARRISBURG, November 17, 2010 - - The state Senate Democratic Caucus today selected state Sen. Lisa Boscola to serve as Caucus Administrator for the 2011-12 session. “It is a great honor and privilege to be selected to fill this crucial…
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Senator Boscola to Host Free Flu Vaccine Clinic in Monroe County

BETHLEHEM (NOV 10) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola is proud to announce that she will be hosting a free flu shot clinic in collaboration with Pocono Medical Center. It will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the…
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Boscola Reminds Seniors to Submit Property Tax and Rent Rebate Applications

BETHLEHEM (June 16, 2010) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today reminds senior citizens, widows and widowers over the age of 50, and permanently disabled individuals over the age of 18 that the deadline to apply for their Pennsylvania Property…
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Boscola Announces $575,000 Awarded to the City of Bethlehem for Renovations to the Bethlehem Area Public Library

BETHLEHEM (Jan 11) - State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the City of Bethlehem has been awarded a grant in the amount of $575,000 from the Department of Education to assist the Bethlehem Area Public Library with renovations and…
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Boscola Announces State Funding for Area Recycling Programs

BETHLEHEM, December 21, 2007 -- Local municipalities recently received state funding toward recycling programs, according to state Sen. Lisa Boscola. “Recycling is a simple, yet effective way to reduce waste and help our environment. It also supports jobs and our…
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Boscola Ammendment Keeps Schools Open as Polling Places

HARRISBURG (December 11) – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola wants to teach school districts a civics lesson: voting and democracy should “come alive” in schools, not just be taught in history books.  When the Easton Area School District sued Northampton…
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Boscola Offers Help to PACE/PACENET Cardholders

BETHLEHEM (Oct 13) – State Senator Lisa Boscola today assured area PACE/PACENET cardholders that their benefits are secure and will NOT change as a result of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit that begins in January of 2006. “PACE/PACENET cardholders…
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