Rep. Schreiber named Humane Pennsylvania Legislator

Greg Gross

A York County representative to the state House was named the Humane Pennsylvania Legislator of the Year on Monday.

Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, received the honor, awarded annually to select state lawmakers from across the country, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

“Being honored with this award ranks right up there with my election as one of the best moments in my career as a legislator,” Schreiber said in a statement. “This award is particularly significant as my wife, Jen, and I have always held that animal welfare was an important issue for us.”

The award is given out annually to lawmakers who pursue animal-related issues and legislation the general assembly.

Bills: So far this House session, Schreiber has sponsored or co-sponsored two bills he said would aid animals.

One measure, House Bill 1516, that he co-sponsored would allow public safety professionals, such as police or humane officers, to remove endangered animals from an unattended vehicle, even if it means breaking out a car's window, without being held financially liable.

The bill has been in the House Judiciary Committee since shortly after it was introduced in September.

The second piece of legislation, House Bill 492, would require pet shops to display on cages information about the dogs inside that are for sale. The required information would include breed, age and date of birth of the dogs, as well as information about the breeders.

The bill has been in the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee since it was introduced in February 2015.

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