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Senate committee examines challenges of PA cities, population trends

October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG -- The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee examined some of the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities of all sizes during a public hearing on Tuesday, according to Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

“Urban flight” to get a closer examination at Senate committee hearing on Tuesday

October 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will examine the ongoing issues facing communities with population and homeownership decline, according to Chairman David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Declining property ownership and population loss in cities

October 10, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - October 14, 2014

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Senate approves Argall bill establishing state ‘Corrections Officers Bill of Rights’

October 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate gave its stamp of approval on a bill that would establish a Corrections Officers Bill of Rights, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Senate committee approves new voting methods for HOAs

October 7, 2014

The Senate took a step to provide residents of homeowner’s associations (HOAs) with new ways to participate in meetings that establish rules and fees, according to Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Argall’s Corrections Officers Bill of Rights advances

October 7, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate Appropriations Committee supported a bill sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) that would establish the “Corrections Officers Bill of Rights” on Monday.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 1302

October 6, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - October 7, 2014[...Read more]

Argall TV show features Hawk Mountain Sanctuary tour

October 3, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-29) latest monthly television program features a tour of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and state and local officials to celebrate the wildlife preserve’s 80th anniversary.[...Read more]

Officials unveil new acid mine water treatment facility at Keystone Potato Products

October 2, 2014

FRAILEY TOWNSHIP – After securing two competitive state grants, Keystone Potato Products unveiled a 3,800 square foot building containing a new acid mine water treatment system.[...Read more]

New law will streamline cosmetology licensing process in Pa.

September 26, 2014

HARRISBURG – The General Assembly has approved a measure to provide cosmetology students with a streamlined process to obtain state licensure, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Senate committee endorses new anti-blight measure

September 24, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee approved legislation today that would help hold additional property owners accountable for allowing structures and property to fall into a dangerous state of disrepair, according to Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Argall compiles perfect voting record on NFIB small business issues

September 24, 2014

HARRISBURG – Standing with small business advocates, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) was named a ‘Guardian of Small Business’ for his 100 percent voting record, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.[...Read more]

Senate confirms two Schuylkill County row officers

September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed the governor’s nominations of Ann Dudish as the Schuylkill County Recorder of Deeds and Thomas Campion as the Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

House Bill 2120

September 23, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - September 24, 2014[...Read more]

Population Losses In PA Communities

September 23, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - October 14, 2014[...Read more]

Senate committee approves ‘Property Tax Independence Act’

September 16, 2014

The Property Tax Independence Act was approved by the Senate Finance Committee today, according to the bill’s prime sponsors Senators David G. Argall (R-29), Mike Folmer (R-48), Judy Schwank (D-11) and John Yudichak (D-14).

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Sen. Argall highlights fourth annual high school ‘Senator for a Day’ program in latest TV show

September 12, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-29) latest monthly television program features the fourth annual Senator for a Day program, held earlier this year at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus.[...Read more]

State grant will fund Tamaqua streetscape improvements

September 11, 2014

TAMAQUA – A $196,200 state grant will improve public safety by financing additional streetscape improvements in Tamaqua Borough, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Application Period Open for Volunteer Fire, EMS Grants

September 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – Local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services organizations can apply now for grants through the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Sen. Argall takes “anti-blight” tour with Harrisburg Mayor

September 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-29) joined Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Representative Keith Gillespie (R-47) to tour the capital city’s blighted neighborhoods on Monday afternoon.[...Read more]

County Career Fair highlighted in Sen. Argall’s latest TV program

August 22, 2014

POTTSVILLE – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-29) latest television program, the Argall Report, highlights the annual Schuylkill County career fair held earlier this year.[...Read more]

Local Vietnam veteran’s idea becomes new law in Pennsylvania

July 17, 2014

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett recently signed legislation sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) into law that creates new specialty license plates honoring the exceptional military service of Pennsylvania residents.[...Read more]

Youth Summit featured in Sen. Argall’s latest television program

July 9, 2014

POTTSVILLE – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features Schuylkill County’s second annual youth summit held at the county courthouse.[...Read more]

Senate sponsors, grassroots activists of Property Tax Independence Act release statement on status of effort

July 2, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate sponsors of Senate Bill 76, including Senators David G. Argall (R-29), Mike Folmer (R-48), Judy Schwank (D-11), John Yudichak (D-14) and Lisa Boscola (D-18), released the following statement regarding the status of the Property Tax Independence Act in the Senate:[...Read more]

Bipartisan, bicameral effort leads to strengthened deterrents of scrap metal theft

July 1, 2014

HARRISBURG – A new state law will help improve public safety by making it harder for thieves to sell stolen railway materials and require stronger credentials to be a scrap dealer or recycler in Pennsylvania.
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Sen. Argall’s Statement on State Budget Vote

June 30, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) offered the following statement regarding his affirmative vote for the state budget proposal (House Bill 2328) for Fiscal Year 2014-15:[...Read more]

Argall Bill Heads to Governor, Creates New License Plates for PA Veterans

June 30, 2014

HARRISBURG – The state legislature gave final approval today to legislation sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) creating new specialty license plates honoring the exceptional military service of Pennsylvania residents.
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Senate panel approves additional measures to combat blight

June 27, 2014

Following passage of several anti-blight bills last week, the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee approved additional measures today that would offer resources to rehabilitate structures that have fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair.
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Senate Bills 1420, 1427 and 1442

June 26, 2014

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Senate panel approves Argall’s Corrections Officers Bill of Rights

June 24, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation to protect the rights of state corrections officers was unanimously approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee approves anti-blight bills

June 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee today voted on several proposals aimed at curbing blight, according to Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

House Bill 1714 and Senate Bills 1135, 1242 and 1380

June 18, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - June 18, 2014[...Read more]

Orwigsburg Awarded Competitive Tax Credits for Independence Square Project

June 13, 2014

ORWIGSBURG – State officials recently announced Orwigsburg Borough will receive tax credits for the conversion of the former Fessler Knitting Mill into housing for senior citizens and new space for the local library.[...Read more]

Experts Detail Success of Housing and Property Rehabilitation Program

June 12, 2014

HARRISBURG – State and local housing officials highlighted the positive impact of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) program during a public hearing of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Wednesday morning.

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Argall’s Rail Safety Measure Clears Senate

June 11, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would improve public safety by preventing the theft of railway material received the unanimous approval of the state Senate this afternoon, according to bill sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee to Study Affordable Housing Program

June 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will hold a hearing June 11 to take a closer look at state efforts to promote affordable housing, according to Committee Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

PHARE Funding (Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement)

May 28, 2014


Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - June 11, 2014
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Highlights from latest hearing on school property tax elimination featured in Sen. Argall’s TV show

May 27, 2014

HARRISBURG – The latest television program from Senator David G. Argall (R-29) highlights a recent public hearing in the Senate on school property tax elimination efforts.[...Read more]

Local students debate state issues during Sen. Argall’s ‘Senator for a Day’ program

May 9, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – In its fourth year, Senator David G. Argall’s (R-29) ‘Senator for a Day’ program was a rousing success according to attendees.[...Read more]

Local area high school students to participate in ‘Senator for a Day’ program at Penn State Schuylkill

May 7, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – On Thursday, over 80 students from 11 local school districts will participate in the fourth annual ‘Senator for a Day’ program hosted by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: An Update on State Budget Negotiations

April 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features an update from the state Capitol on the state budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year.[...Read more]

Senate Approves Argall Resolution to Study Merging School Health Care Plans

March 31, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved a resolution to review the pros and cons of merging school district health care plans, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Local Waste Tire Clean Up Initiative Highlights State Efforts

March 27, 2014

DURYEA – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) met with representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee to tour a waste tire pile cleanup effort at Coxton Yards on Wednesday.[...Read more]

Argall Supports Corrections to Vehicle Code for Repeat DUI Offenses

March 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously approved a measure that would address multiple DUI offenses on Wednesday, March 12.[...Read more]

Senate Approves Local Veteran’s Proposal for New License Plate

March 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday that would establish a specialty license plate for veterans who earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Act 90 of 2010 (Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act)

March 4, 2014

Joint Senate/House Urban Affairs & Housing Committee - March 19, 2014 Listen[...Read more]

Northampton Area School District to Receive Safe School Grant

February 26, 2014

HARRISBURG – Local legislators announced a $25,000 grant for Northampton Area School District through the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.[...Read more]

Safe School Grant Awarded to Pocono Mountain School District

February 25, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Pocono Mountain School District will receive at $25,000 grant through the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grant program, according to local legislators.[...Read more]

Argall, Goodman Announce Safe School Grant for Mahanoy Area

February 25, 2014

HARRISBURG –Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Neal Goodman (D-123) announced a $23,500 grant for Mahanoy Area School District through the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: Bipartisan Policy Committee Roundtable Discussion on Local Tax Reform

February 20, 2014

HARRISBURG – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a recent roundtable discussion on Senate Bill 76, a bipartisan proposal that would eliminate school property taxes.[...Read more]

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms now available at Sen. Argall’s local offices

February 18, 2014

MAHANOY CITY – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced his local offices received forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.[...Read more]

Argall’s Proposal to Review School District Cost Savings Approved by Senate Committee

February 6, 2014

HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) to review cost-savings associated with merging school district health care plans received the unanimous approval of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.[...Read more]

Senator Argall’s Statement Regarding Governor’s Budget Address

February 4, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) released the following statement regarding today’s budget address by Governor Tom Corbett:[...Read more]

Local Schools Receive Safety Grants

January 28, 2014

POTTSVILLE – Shenandoah Valley School District and Schuylkill IU 29 will receive grants totaling $115,000 to ensure a safe learning environment for students, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Neal Goodman (D-123).[...Read more]

Growing Greener Grants Awarded in Schuylkill County

January 24, 2014

POTTSVILLE – Local officials announced five state grants today that will fund watershed improvement projects in Schuylkill County.[...Read more]

Officials Announce State Funding for Business Park

January 21, 2014

MAHANOY TOWNSHIP – Local officials announced a $4 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority (PENNVEST) that will assist the Mahanoy Business Park Waterline Extension Project.[...Read more]

Public Assistance Programs Need More Integrity, Senators Say

January 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and Joe Scarnati (R-25) are crafting a proposal that would strengthen the integrity of several areas within the state’s welfare department.[...Read more]

Senators Support New Law to Aid Volunteer Fire, EMS Companies

January 2, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) applauded enactment of a new law that will help volunteer fire and EMS companies finance equipment purchases while supporting Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry.[...Read more]

Sen. Argall’s Television Program Features State-Sponsored Job Retention Tools Saving Local Jobs

December 30, 2013

SINKING SPRING – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a discussion with the Williams family, owners and operators of Williams Metalfinishing in Sinking Spring.[...Read more]

Sen. Argall Applauds New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act

December 19, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) applauded the governor’s signature of legislation that establishes the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act.[...Read more]

Business Leaders, State Officials: Transportation Package to Boost Berks County Infrastructure

December 18, 2013

WYOMISSING – Business leaders from across Berks County and state officials highlighted the local impact of the recently-enacted comprehensive transportation funding package on Wednesday afternoon at Great Valley Consultants.[...Read more]

Business Leaders, State Officials Highlight Schuylkill Transportation Improvements

December 12, 2013

CRESSONA – Local business leaders and state officials highlighted several important highway and bridge projects and new jobs for Schuylkill County due to the recently enacted comprehensive transportation funding law during a news conference on Thursday afternoon.[...Read more]

School Property Tax Focus of Bipartisan Roundtable at State Capitol

December 10, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee teamed up with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee to hold an unprecedented roundtable discussion on Senate Bill 76 Tuesday morning, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Local Veteran’s Suggestion Clears Senate Transportation Committee

December 4, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would establish a specialty license plate for veterans who earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday morning, according to Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R-44).[...Read more]

Senate Approves Proposal Aimed at Improving Safety Along Railroads

December 4, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) that would add railroad materials into the state’s Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act on Tuesday afternoon.[...Read more]

House Bill 1644 (Taylor)

December 3, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee - December 3, 2013[...Read more]

Legislators, Borough Officials Announce Grant for Orwigsburg’s Memorial Hall

November 26, 2013

ORWIGSBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29), Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) and borough officials announced a $200,000 grant awarded to Orwigsburg Borough for Community Memorial Hall renovations.[...Read more]

Grant to Assist Schuylkill Haven to Relocate Wastewater System in advance of Rt. 61 Widening

November 25, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Mike Tobash (R-125) announced a $75,000 grant through the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority has been awarded to relocate the borough’s wastewater management system as part of the road widening for Route 61.[...Read more]

Grant Awarded to Assist Business Park Development

November 22, 2013

MAHANOY TOWNSHIP – Local legislators, including Senator David G. Argall (R-29), Representatives Neal Goodman (D-123), Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125), announced a $1,147,928 grant awarded to the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) to assist with infrastructure upgrades at Mahanoy Business Park.[...Read more]

House Approves Argall’s Potato Packaging Bill

November 21, 2013

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation today that would remove a long-outdated regulatory requirement on potato farmers, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Latest Television Report by Sen. Argall Features Recent Bipartisan Roundtable on Property Tax Reform

November 20, 2013

LEHIGHTON – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a recap of a roundtable hosted by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18), on school property tax reform.[...Read more]

Proposal Aimed at Cracking Down on Railroad Property Theft Approved by Senate Committee

November 19, 2013

HARRISBURG – A proposal sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) that would strengthen the state’s Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act by including railroad materials received unanimous approval during Tuesday’s Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meeting, according to committee Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23).[...Read more]

Senate Confirms Former Congressman Tim Holden to Liquor Control Board

November 13, 2013

HARRISBURG – The state Senate unanimously confirmed former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden to serve on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) on Wednesday, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Argall Bill Eliminating Potato Package Weight Restrictions Clears Senate, Heads to House

November 12, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would remove weight limit restrictions on potato packages for sale in Pennsylvania unanimously cleared the Senate on Tuesday, according to the bill's sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Local Residents May Apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

November 4, 2013

MAHANOY CITY – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is reminding local residents that the application process for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now under way.[...Read more]