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HARRISBURG – To help bring greater attention and more protections to the silent, forgotten victims of the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic, legislation to establish a task force to study the impact of the crisis on infants and young children today was unanimously reported out of the House Children and Youth Committee, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), sponsor of the proposal and chairman of the committee.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee will consider House Bill 235 authored by its chairman, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), to establish a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children. The legislation also would outline the duties and responsibilities of such task force, which is modeled after the Task Force on Child Protection.
Package includes measures to help place children in loving homes
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, today said she is pleased additional attention is being directed to the critical issue of caseworker retention and training in county Children and Youth Services agencies at the county level.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2016 tax year are now available at her district offices in Warrington and Hilltown.
HARRISBURG – Six fire and ambulance companies serving the 144th District in Bucks County will share nearly $73,000 in grants funded by state gaming proceeds, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) said today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) issued the following statement after the governor released his budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
HARRISBURG – Committed to opening up more loving homes for children, the House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), today reported out a series of bills designed to reform the adoption process in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee will consider six bills to designed to reform the adoption process in Pennsylvania. House Bills 57 and 58, sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), would streamline and expedite the procedures for terminating parental rights, and shorten the period in which a birth parent can revoke his/her consent; House Bill 59, sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams), would allow adoptive families to appeal the amount of an adoption subsidy provided by local authorities; House Bill 61, sponsored by Rep. Harry Lewis (R-Chester), would make it easier for parents who are incarcerated to relinquish their parental rights by allowing correctional staff to witness the individual’s consent to adoption; and House Bills 62 and 63, sponsored by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny), would eliminate the hearing currently required to confirm parental consent, and refine the definition of “intermediary” to include a licensed attorney or social worker.
HARRISBURG – High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) announced today.
HARRISBURG – As the heroin and opioid epidemic continues to plague communities and devastate families across the state, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), who was re-appointed Thursday by the Speaker of the House as chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, said that the committee will work aggressively this session to ensure that the needs of affected children are addressed.
CHALFONT – Nearly 160 veterans of the Vietnam War era were honored Nov. 10 at a special ceremony hosted by Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks/10th) and Reps. Katharine Watson (R-Bucks/144th) and Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks/29th) at Byers Choice in Chalfont. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the start of the war.
WHAT: Reps. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) and Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks/29th), together with Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, will hold a Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Ceremony to recognize and honor the Vietnam War Era Veterans of the 10th Senatorial District for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. The program is part of the commemoration the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
HARRISBURG – The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for home heating assistance grants, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) said today.
HARRISBURG – Adults who were adopted as children in Pennsylvania are just one step away from being able to obtain their original birth information under legislation currently on its way to the governor, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), a leading co-sponsor of the measure.