Legislative Accomplishments

Senator Argall’s Legislative Accomplishments

Solving local constituent issues and working on legislation are the primary duties of a senator.  Below is a list of some of the laws Senator Argall has successfully authored:

HB 482
An Act amending the act of November 26, 1978 (P. L. 1415, No. 333), known as the “Schuylkill Scenic River Act,” extending the designation to an additional portion of the Schuylkill River and to two of its tributaries.
Act 17 of 1988

HB 1099
An Act amending the act of February 1, 1966 (1965 P. L. 1656, No. 581), known as “The Borough Code,” further providing for a decrease in the number of councilmen and for appropriations; and making an editorial change.
Act 40 of 1988

SB 528 (Argall amendment bans the disposal of automotive lead acid batteries with municipal trash collection)
An Act providing for planning for the processing and disposal of municipal waste; requiring counties to submit plans for municipal waste management systems within their boundaries; authorizing grants to counties and municipalities for planning, resource recovery and recycling; imposing and collecting fees; establishing certain rights for host municipalities; requiring municipalities to implement recycling programs; requiring Commonwealth agencies to procure recycled materials; imposing duties; granting powers to counties and municipalities; authorizing the Environmental Quality Board to adopt regulations; authorizing the Department of Environmental Resources to implement this act; providing remedies; prescribing penalties; establishing a fund; and making repeals.
Act 101 of 1988

HB 591
An Act amending the act of July 15, 1976 (P. L. 1036, No. 208), known as the “Volunteer Fire Company, Ambulance Service and Rescue Squad Assistance Act,” providing for an exception to loan limits and adjusting loan limits; providing for a referendum question on additional indebtedness; providing for contracts for services between the Commonwealth and volunteer fire, ambulance and rescue companies; and making appropriations.
Act 100 of 1991

HB 782
An Act amending the act of November 26, 1978 (P. L. 1415, No. 333), known as the “Schuylkill Scenic River Act,” relating to designation and classification.
Act 125 of 1992

HR 31
A Concurrent Resolution urging members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation to meet periodically with the General Assembly regarding unfunded Federal mandates and other related issues.
Adopted December 12, 1995

HB 1929
An Act relating to the recycling and reuse of waste tires; providing for the proper disposal of waste tires and the cleanup of stockpiled tires; authorizing investment tax credits for utilizing waste tires; providing remediation grants for the cleanup of tire piles and for pollution prevention programs for small business and households; establishing the Small Business and Household Pollution Prevention Program and management standards for small business hazardous waste; providing for a household hazardous waste program and for grant programs; making appropriations; and making repeals.
Act 190 of 1996

HB 689
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for institutional sexual assault and for obstructing emergency services; further prohibiting live animals as prizes; and prohibiting the criminal use of communication facilities.
Act 157 of 1998

HB 728
An Act encouraging State agencies to locate facilities in a downtown area; and providing for report to General Assembly.
Act 32 of 2000

HR 567
A Resolution designating the timing during which the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee shall complete its evaluation of the feasibility and advisability of establishing a voluntary water quality credits and trading program.
Adopted October 10, 2000

HB 1237
An Act providing for the transferring of liquefied petroleum gas, for registration, for fees, for inspection, for records, for training, for permits and for appeal; establishing the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Advisory Board; providing for insurance, for prohibitions and for penalties; and making repeals.
Act 61 of 2002

HB 1118
An Act amending the act of October 28, 1966 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.55, No.7), known as the Goods and Services Installment Sales Act, further providing for late fees.
Act 44 of 2001

HB 648
An Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Departments of the Commonwealth, the public debt and for the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004.
Act 1A of 2003
As House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Argall sponsored 32 budget-related bills that were signed into law for the 2003-04 state budget.

HB 1406
An Act designating political subdivisions as rural areas for purposes of Medicare hospital service payments.
Act 7 of 2003

HB 2579
Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Departments of the Commonwealth, the public debt and for the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005.
Act 7A of 2004
As House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Argall sponsored the 39 budget-related bills that were signed into law for the 2004-05 state budget.

HR 538
A Resolution directing the Transportation Committee to conduct an investigation of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Adopted December 14, 2005

SB 852
An Act authorizing and directing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor and the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, to grant and convey to the Schuylkill YMCA certain lands and building situate in the City of Pottsville, Schuylkill County.
Act 35 of 2009

SR 161
A Resolution establishing a commission of private and public sector cost-minded leaders of this Commonwealth to study the management of current government operations and to make recommendations of cost-cutting measures.
Adopted December 16, 2009

SR 142
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to complete a study and cost analysis of the implementation of a Statewide blighted property database and report its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the Senate.
Adopted July 14, 2009

SB 900
An Act amending Titles 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in organization and jurisdiction of courts of common pleas, authorizing housing courts; in Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, providing for deteriorated real property education and training program for judges; and providing for neighborhood blight reclamation and revitalization.
Act 90 of 2010

SB 199
An Act designating a portion of Interstate 78 in Berks County as the CMSgt. Richard L. Etchberger Memorial Highway.
Act 4 of 2011

SR 216
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct an economic impact study of the brewery industry in this Commonwealth.
Adopted February 9, 2012

SB 1395
An Act designating State Routes 3035 and 3033 in Robesonia Borough, Heidelberg Township, North Heidelberg Township and Penn Township, Berks County, as the Captain David Eric Pannabecker POW-MIA Memorial Highway.
Act 57 of 2012

SB 276
An Act amending the act of June 22, 2000 (P.L.318, No.32), known as the Downtown Location Law, further providing for powers and duties of the Department of General Services.
Act 72 of 2012

SB 1131
An Act amending Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in weights and measures, further providing for potatoes.
Act 124 of 2013

SR 250
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study relating to the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of merging public school district health care plans.
Adopted April 3, 2014

SB 1077
An Act amending the act of October 9, 2008 (P.L.1408, No.113), known as the Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act, further providing for definitions, for commercial accounts and for restricted materials; providing for Statewide registry of scrap processors and recycling facilities and for duty to register and for criminal registry; and further providing for penalties.
Act 79 of 2014

SB 1187
An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing Pennsylvania veterans and current service members who earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) during their tour of duty with the opportunity to proudly display their achievement on their license plate.
Act 109 of 2014

HB 1558 (Argall amendment allows for cosmetology students to take an early, written test in order to obtain state licensure)
An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for religious educational facilities.
Act 136 of 2014

HB 91 (Argall amendment allowed for boroughs and townships to be eligible to apply for City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program)
An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, further providing for educational improvement tax credit; and repealing provisions relating to educational opportunity scholarship tax credit; and, in city revitalization and improvement zones, further providing for definitions and for establishment of contracting authority.
Act 194 of 2014

SR 54
A Resolution urging the President and the Congress of the United States to consider imposing tariffs on imported anthracite coal that adversely affect American jobs.
Adopted September 21, 2015

SR 171
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study relating to the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of utilizing privately owned veterans care facilities to augment the Commonwealth’s six State-owned veterans care facilities.
Adopted October 14, 2015

SB 748
An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions relating to operation of vehicles, further providing for obedience to authorized persons directing traffic; and providing for drivers of certified escort vehicles; in other required equipment, further providing for identification of certain vehicles; and, in size, weight and load, further providing for scope and application of chapter and for conditions of permits and security for damages.
Act 55 of 2015

SR 215
A Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to complete a comprehensive review and study of the best practices used by private businesses and other public entities in the leasing, acquisition and management of office, warehouse and other types of space and to issue a report.
Adopted November 24, 2015 

SR 263
A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study regarding overtime costs incurred by the Department of Corrections relating to staffing shortages.
Adopted April 14, 2016 

SR 405
A Resolution designating July 16, 2016, as “Anthracite Heritage Day” in Pennsylvania.
Adopted June 28, 2016 

SR 421
A Resolution urging the President and the Congress of the United States to review the changes to the Federal floodplain management regulations that negatively impact our blighted communities.
Adopted October 31, 2016 

SB 1022
An Act authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Department of Human Services and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Municipal Authority of the Township of South Heidelberg, Berks County, or its assigns, a permanent sanitary sewer easement and a temporary construction easement situate in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County.
Act 22 of 2016

HB 1437 (Argall sponsored the Senate version – SB 942)
An Act amending the act of December 20, 2000 (P.L.724, No.99), known as the Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act, further providing for compliance requirement.
Act 133 of 2016

HB 2241 (Argall sponsored the Senate version – SB 554)
An Act amending Title 40 (Insurance) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in regulation of insurers and related persons generally, providing for retroactive denial of reimbursements.
Act 146 of 2016

SB 486
An Act amending the act of April 8, 1982 (P.L.310, No.87), referred to as the Recorder of Deeds Fee Law, authorizing an additional fee to be imposed and used for demolition; and making an editorial change.
Act 152 of 2016

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