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06/22/2018
HARRISBURG – After passage of a no-tax-increase, $32.7 billion state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) issued the following statement:
06/19/2018
HARRISBURG – To help ensure that research projects involving medical marijuana are not unduly delayed by ongoing litigation, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) today applauded the passage of her legislation that would clarify the legislative intent behind the research portion of the state’s medical marijuana law.
06/18/2018
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will convene a public hearing on legislation she is sponsoring to create a child advocate ombudsman. Under the measure, House Bill 1311, the office would be housed within the Office of the Attorney General.
05/22/2018
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will hold a voting meeting to consider House Bill 1742, which would bring clarity to parents’ decisions about child care through the Keystone Stars child care rating system. Essentially, the bill would require all centers to post on their public-facing window (and website, if they have one) how many stars their center has out of four. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin).
05/09/2018
When the Pennsylvania General Assembly considered legislation in 2016 to legalize marijuana for medicinal use only, I met some extraordinary families. These families – who care for loved ones with seizures or other difficult to treat conditions – often went to great expense and travel to obtain cannabinol oil so that their family member would have some relief.
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.