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05/22/2017
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, led by Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), will consider House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), which would add post-partum depression as a qualifying at-risk condition for early intervention services under the Early Intervention Services System Act.
05/08/2017
HARRISBURG – Tax-free savings accounts aimed at helping people with disabilities save money for future care and services are now available through the Pennsylvania Treasury, Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) announced today.
04/26/2017
HARRISBURG – In continuing its efforts to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic’s impact on children and infants, the House Children and Youth Committee today heard from a range of medical experts and state officials on current programs and services to treat mothers addicted to opioids and babies born dependent on the drug, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), committee chairman.
04/25/2017
WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee will hold a public hearing on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children. This is the first hearing on the subject for the 2017-18 session and will focus on the medical effects of children born dependent on opioids.
04/05/2017
HARRISBURG – As a way to help address the growing number of babies born addicted to opioids and to better protect children living in homes with addicted parents, the House unanimously endorsed a proposal today to establish a task force to study the impact of the crisis on infants and young children, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), sponsor of the proposal.
03/22/2017
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.
03/21/2017
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.
03/16/2017
Package includes measures to help place children in loving homes
03/03/2017
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.
02/14/2017
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.
02/09/2017
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.
02/07/2017
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) issued the following statement after the governor released his budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
02/06/2017
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.
02/03/2017
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.
01/12/2017
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.