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04/18/2018
HARRISBURG – Receiving a vote in the state House on Tuesday, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) thanked her colleagues for overwhelmingly supporting three measures that would help grandparents who are the sole caregivers of their grandchildren. The bills now go to the state Senate for consideration.
04/16/2018
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold a voting meeting to consider House Bill 2213, which would allow adoptive families to appeal the amount of an adoption subsidy. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams).
04/10/2018
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would better connect grandparents who are the sole caregivers for their grandchildren to support and resources was reported out of the House Children and Youth Committee today, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th).
04/10/2018
HARRISBURG – Citing local residents’ right to safe, clean drinking water, Reps. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) and Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) today thanked their House colleagues for supporting a resolution that asks the federal government to study any potential health effects stemming from water contamination at the former Naval Air Station in Willow Grove.
04/06/2018
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals that seek to help grandparents who are the sole caregivers of their grandchildren: House Bill 2133 would establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program – an informational resource for these grandparents, both as a website and a toll-free hotline; House Bill 1539 would grant temporary guardianship to grandparents when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues; and House Resolution 390 would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study the trend of grandfamilies in Pennsylvania and report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly. An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania. That number is increasing due to the devastating opioid crisis across the Commonwealth.
04/06/2018
WARRINGTON –To help residents better guard themselves against identity theft, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) has partnered with Hilltown and Warrington townships to host a free shredder event on Saturday, April 28.
03/08/2018
WHAT: Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, together with Rep. Eddie Pashinski (D-Luzerne) and other members of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Caucus, will unveil a two-bill legislative package designed to help non-parental family members who are raising children and ensure access to state and private resources. In Pennsylvania, nearly 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for more than 89,000 children, saving over $2 billion per year in keeping children out of foster care.
02/23/2018
WARRINGTON – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) is encouraging residents of the 144th District in Bucks County who are in need of assistance with federal government-related issues to visit her Warrington district office on Friday, March 9, so they can receive help from a representative from Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s staff.
01/17/2018
WARRINGTON – After serving the residents of the 144th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 17 years, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) announced today that she will complete her current legislative term on Nov. 30. She will not seek re-election in 2018.
12/05/2017
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hear from experts at Penn State University (PSU) on the university’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and its Center for Healthy Children, which is a national center for child maltreatment research funded by a $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
12/01/2017
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will welcome Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who will brief the committee on his office’s special report on Pennsylvania’s struggling child welfare system. The “State of the Child” special report is an 80-page critical assessment based on a year-long review of the child welfare system. The report contains seven general observations and 17 recommendations for improvements. The auditor general’s report builds on the examinations of the system that the Children and Youth Committee has focused on in public hearings in recent years.
11/27/2017
HILLTOWN – Residents of the 144th District in Bucks County who are in need of assistance with federal government-related issues can stop by Rep. Kathy Watson’s (R-Bucks/144th) Hilltown district office on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to meet with a representative from Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s staff.
11/14/2017
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold an informational meeting about parental alienation syndrome, which is the psychological manipulation of a child by one parent in order to alienate the child from the other parent during and following a divorce.
10/23/2017
WARRINGTON – State Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th House District) and Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks/10th Senatorial District) will welcome senior citizens, their family members and caregivers at their Senior Expo on Friday, Nov. 3, at Delaware Valley University.