News Releases

Goodman, Argall announce millions in state grants

December 6, 2016

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall announced that they helped secure $2.477 million in state grants to help replace a bridge, extend an airport runway and repair a road in Schuylkill County.[...Read more]

December 2016 – Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony

December 6, 2016

Highlights from a Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony, held at Hamburg High School, co-hosted by Senator Argall.
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Argall, Holman host roundtable discussion on opioid prevention, education for local youth

December 1, 2016

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN –Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and District Attorney Christine Holman joined county and state officials today in Schuylkill County for a roundtable discussion regarding the local impacts of the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.[...Read more]

Argall, Knowles call for investigation into Labor and Industry fund transfers

November 23, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) are calling on the Attorney General, Auditor General and Inspector General to investigate exhausted funds leading to the anticipated layoff of 600 call center employees within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.[...Read more]

Berks students featured in Argall’s latest television program

November 22, 2016

SPRING TOWNSHIP – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) television program for November features the highlights from Argall’s recent student government seminar held at Penn State Berks.  [...Read more]

Vietnam era veterans honored at ceremony in Hamburg

November 17, 2016

HAMBURG – Over 180 veterans from the Vietnam era were honored during a ceremony hosted by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) at Hamburg Area High School Thursday night.[...Read more]

Argall named to Senate Leadership for 2017-18 session

November 16, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will continue to serve as Chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.[...Read more]

November 2016 – Senator for a Day Program

November 10, 2016

Highlights from Senator Argall’s annual “Senator for a Day” program, held at the Penn State Berks campus.
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Bipartisan effort leads to new anti-blight laws

November 4, 2016

MAHANOY CITY – Two new laws will assist communities all across Pennsylvania to wage a stronger battle on the war on blight, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill).[...Read more]

Argall encourages local residents to vote for best of Berks and Schuylkill photos

November 1, 2016

MAHANOY CITY – An online contest will determine the best images taken by local photographers in Berks and Schuylkill counties this year, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

House approves Argall demolition funding proposal

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives approved a bill authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would allow counties across Pennsylvania to create a local demolition funding program.
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Argall applauds Senate passage of bill to protect patients and providers

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – Legislation that will provide much-needed protection for patients and health care providers was unanimously approved by the Senate, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

State Senate approves resolution calling on feds to reverse detrimental floodplain regulations

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly voted to call on the President and Congress to review the federal floodplain management standards that were instituted by executive order in January 2015.[...Read more]

Office of Inspector General

October 26, 2016

Senator Argall’s remarks at a news conference to call on Governor Tom Wolf to sign House Bill 1618 into law, a measure passed by the General Assembly that would create by statute the Office of Inspector General in Pennsylvania.
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Fee Bill Targeting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in State Government Headed to Governor’s Desk

October 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim) today was joined by Senator Ryan Aument (R-Landisville) and Senator Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to call on Governor Tom Wolf to sign House Bill 1618 into law, a measure finally passed by the General Assembly yesterday that would create by statute the Office of Inspector General in Pennsylvania.
 
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Senator Aument
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Senate approves Argall’s efforts to crack down on welfare fraud

October 24, 2016

HARRISBURG – By a vote of 29 – 18, the Senate of Pennsylvania approved a measure authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to increase the number of investigators tasked with finding welfare waste, fraud, abuse and misuse.
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Senate approves Berks lawmakers’ proposal to improve safety in highway work zones

October 18, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously approved a proposal that would create a five-year program to place automated speed enforcement systems in active highway work zones in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Argall leads effort to hire additional welfare fraud investigators

October 18, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) wants to boost the number of investigators dedicated to rooting out welfare waste, fraud, abuse and misuse.

 

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Senate committee approves local lawmakers’ measure to improve safety for household goods movers

October 18, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved a proposal sponsored by Representative Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) to strengthen penalties on illegal household good movers.[...Read more]

Senate reviews college student loan debt

October 17, 2016

HARRISBURG – Leaders from the state’s largest student financial aid servicer and higher education institutions provided members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and the Senate Education Committee with proposals to better educate the public on student loans during a public hearing held at the state Capitol Monday morning.[...Read more]

Senate committees prepare to examine student loan debt concerns

October 14, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Education Committee will hold a joint public hearing regarding student loans and financial literacy for college students on Monday, October 17.[...Read more]

Senator goes “Over the Edge” for Bethany Children’s Home

October 12, 2016

READING – As part of a fundraising and awareness campaign, Bethany Children’s Home invited Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to go “Over the Edge” this morning as part of a national effort to help children who have suffered traumatic events and build skills for the future.[...Read more]

Local high school students to become “Senators” at PSU Berks

October 3, 2016

READING – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will host his third annual student government seminar with local area school districts on Thursday, October 6 at Penn State University, Berks Campus.[...Read more]

Argall plans ceremony to honor Vietnam era veterans

September 28, 2016

HAMBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam era at a special ceremony on November 17 in Hamburg.[...Read more]

Committee passes bill to prohibit use of drones over certain facilities in PA

September 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure that would penalize unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators for flying their aircraft over certain facilities in Pennsylvania, according to bill sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
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Argall invites community residents to share best images of 29th District

September 26, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is inviting local residents to share their most scenic photos in the 29th Senatorial District.[...Read more]

Demographic trends in Pennsylvania and its impact to be reviewed by Senate committee next week

September 23, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to review changes and trends in demographics across the state and nation on Tuesday, September 27 at 9 a.m.[...Read more]

NEPA Residents Take Part in Telephone Town Hall on Heroin & Opioid Crisis

September 22, 2016

HARRISBURG – Nearly 20,000 households took part across 14 northeastern Pennsylvania counties yesterday for a Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by area legislators to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in the region.
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State and national trends in demographic changes

September 22, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee - September 27, 2016
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Hearing to be Held on Performance-Based Budgeting

September 19, 2016

Joint Senate Appropriations Committee and Policy Committee hearing to discuss performance-based budgeting and Senate Bill 1341, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch.[...Read more]

Performance Based Budgeting

September 16, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Majority Policy Committees - September 20, 2016
 
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Tele-Town Hall Event on Heroin Addiction

September 15, 2016

Tune-in to the Tele-Town Hall event on September 21st to discuss the growing heroin problem in our state and hear from a panel of experts on treatment and assistance to combat this issue.
 
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Waterfront Development Tax Credits

September 15, 2016

Senate Majority Policy - September 15, 2016
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Senate Majority Policy Committee to hold hearing at Talen Energy Stadium on new tax credit for waterfront development projects

August 22, 2016

The Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on September 15, 2016 to review the recently approved tax credit program for waterfront development projects, according to the committee chairman, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall goes on behind-the-scenes tour of local potato chip factory in latest TV program

August 10, 2016

The Argall Report, a monthly television program hosted by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), takes viewers on a tour of Dieffenbach’s Kettle Chips factory in Berks County this month.
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August 2016 – Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips

August 1, 2016

Senator Argall visits Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips in Womelsdorf, Berks County.
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Senators: Reinforce Inspector General’s office in order to prevent welfare fraud, save tax dollars

July 20, 2016

HARRISBURG – Two senators are looking at ways to curb welfare fraud by increasing staff responsible for investigating claims regarding misuse of public benefits.
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Frackville Cherry Street Commons project receives state support

July 15, 2016

FRACKVILLE – The Cherry Street Commons project slated for Frackville will receive support from the state, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall highlights World War II Weekend in latest television program

July 11, 2016

BERN TOWNSHIP – The latest edition of the Argall Report, Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television program highlighting local events and state issues, features the 2016 World War II Weekend: A Gathering of Warbirds.
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Third Saturday of July Designated Anthracite Heritage Day in Pennsylvania

July 6, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate has adopted a resolution sponsored by five senators from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country officially designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the state.[...Read more]

State to invest $1.1M in Sinking Spring revitalization project

July 1, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved a $1.1 million grant for the Borough of Sinking Spring, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jim Cox (R-Berks).[...Read more]

Competitive state grants, loans to assist local projects

July 1, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved several competitive grants and loans for projects across Schuylkill County, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representatives Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin).[...Read more]

In wake of Shenandoah fire, Argall renews fight for demolition funding

June 30, 2016

HARRISBURG – In the wake of last week's fire that destroyed nearly a dozen row homes, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is renewing his fight for proposals that would provide significant funding to demolish vacant and abandoned properties in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.[...Read more]

July 2016 – World War II Weekend at Reading Regional Airport

June 30, 2016

Senator Argall visits the annual World War II Weekend event at the Reading Regional Airport.
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State champion Williams Valley softball team recognized at PA Capitol

June 27, 2016

HARRISBURG – The 2016 PIAA Class A softball champions were recognized by local legislators at the state Capitol on Monday.
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The Difficulties of Eliminating School Property Taxes

June 24, 2016

Several advocates for the elimination of school property taxes have asked us where efforts to rid taxpayers of this hated tax currently stand.[...Read more]

Argall’s monthly TV show highlights “Senator for a Day” program

June 9, 2016

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – The latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show includes highlights from his “Senator for a Day” student government seminar held at the Penn State Schuylkill campus.
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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

June 9, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee - June 14, 2016
 
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Micah Gursky honored as the Council Member of the Year

June 7, 2016

HERSHEY – The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) held their 105thh Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge today where they honored individuals for their service to their communities.[...Read more]

PA’s top economic development official tours county’s “good, bad, ugly” with local legislators

June 2, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) top official, Secretary Dennis Davin, met with local legislators to discuss community revitalization during his visit to the county on Thursday.[...Read more]

June 2016 – Senator for a Day Program

May 31, 2016

Highlights from Senator Argall’s annual “Senator for a Day” program, held at the Penn State Schuylkill campus.
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Tour of Lehigh Valley International Airport

May 16, 2016

Tour of Lehigh Valley International Airport - May 26, 2016
 
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Argall to host student government seminar at Penn State Schuylkill Campus on May 12

May 5, 2016

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will host his annual “Senator for a Day” student government seminar on May 12 at the Penn State University Schuylkill Campus from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.[...Read more]

Job creation, economic competitiveness with NJ, NY explored in Argall’s latest TV program

May 3, 2016

HARRISBURG – Potential improvements to Pennsylvania’s economic development strategy and how to expedite job creation efforts are highlighted in the latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show.
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May 2016 – Economy and Jobs in Pennsylvania

May 2, 2016

Senator Argall chairs a joint hearing of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and the Senate Minority Policy Committee on the impact of regulations on the economy and jobs in Pennsylvania, as compared to neighboring states.
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Schuylkill fire, EMS companies receive $1.4 million in state grants

April 25, 2016

HARRISBURG – The state has awarded $1.4 million in grants to fire and EMS companies across Schuylkill County, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman, Jerry Knowles, and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced.[...Read more]

South Heidelberg sewer easement signed into law

April 21, 2016

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP – The governor signed a measure into law yesterday to help improve sewer lines in South Heidelberg Township, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), who introduced the proposal.[...Read more]

Bipartisan committees review economic development tools and permitting issue in Pennsylvania

April 13, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority and Senate Democratic Policy Committees held a joint public hearing on Monday in Harrisburg to take a closer look at Pennsylvania’s burdensome permitting process and lack of economic development incentives compared to neighboring states.[...Read more]

Argall: Governor’s new formula cut $2.7 million from local schools

April 12, 2016

HARRISBURG – A new education funding formula developed by Governor Wolf will cut a cumulative total of $2,758,013 from local schools in Berks and Schuylkill Counties, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). To see a listing of all school districts, please click here.[...Read more]

Senate approves Argall study to review corrections overtime issue

April 11, 2016

The Senate gave its approval to study mandatory overtime within the Department of Corrections, according to measure’s prime sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
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Economic Development and Jobs in Pennsylvania

April 8, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee AND Senate Democratic Policy Committee - April 11, 2016
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Governor’s veto of budget-related measure cost local schools over $4 million in construction reimbursement

April 6, 2016

HAMBURG – The governor’s latest veto, issued on April 4, 2016, will cost Berks County school districts located in the 29th Senatorial District over $4 million in reimbursement for construction projects, according Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Governor’s veto of budget-related measure cost Schuylkill County schools nearly $6 million in construction reimbursement

April 6, 2016

POTTSVILLE – The governor’s latest veto, issued on April 4, 2016, will cost school districts in Schuylkill County $5.9 million in reimbursement for construction projects, according Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall’s corrections spending study approved by committee

April 5, 2016

HARRISBURG – A measure to review mandatory corrections overtime costs was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, according to the resolution’s prime sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

House panel approves South Heidelberg sewer easement

April 5, 2016

HARRISBURG – The House State Government Committee approved legislation today that would convey a permanent sanitary sewer easement in South Heidelberg Township, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

State grant will fund new water quality monitoring on Upper Swatara Creek

April 1, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Schuylkill Conservation District will receive a $67,024 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to again monitor water quality on the Upper Swatara Creek, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced.[...Read more]

Argall: Budget winners include taxpayers, schools, ag programs, hospitals, counties

March 23, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement in response to the governor allowing the state budget proposal to automatically become law[...Read more]

Governor’s Budget Proposal – Historical Comparison to prior 13 Budgets

March 18, 2016

Here is how the governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 compares to the past 13 state budgets.
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Argall votes again to end budget stalemate

March 16, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of a plan to fund state government for the remainder of the 2015-16 fiscal year[...Read more]

Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

March 9, 2016

Senate Majority Policy Committee - March 15, 2016
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Argall finds ally in Aging Secretary on property tax elimination effort during state budget hearings

March 1, 2016

During the second week of Senate Appropriations Committee review of the state budget, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) focused on two lines contained in the opening statement of Secretary Osborne’s testimony on behalf of the Department of Aging.
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Governor’s Budget Proposal – Spending Increases by Department

February 18, 2016

The governor’s Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget proposal will increase spending from Fiscal Year 15-16 by $2.45 billion. Here are the various state agencies and programs who are set to gain the most out of the governor’s spending plan.
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Governor’s Budget Proposal – Spending by Agency

February 18, 2016

Here is how the governor’s $33.3 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2016-17 would breakdown based on state agency and department, in order from the most to least expensive.
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Argall’s latest television program features new economic development proposal

February 18, 2016

HARRISBURG – The latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show explores the feasibility of creating a Waterfront Development Tax Credit program along Pennsylvania's largest rivers and small creeks.
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February's Argall Report

February 12, 2016

On this edition of the Argall Report, we present highlights from a joint hearing of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and the Senate Minority Policy Committee on Senate Bill 282, the Waterfront Development Tax Credit.
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