News Releases

Senator Argall’s statement on voting in favor of state budget

June 30, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement after voting in favor of the 2015-16 state budget.[...Read more]

Senate passes Argall bill to allow private sector to escort super load transports

June 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously passed legislation on Sunday that would allow qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall bill to limit “spot appeals” of assessments wins Senate committee approval

June 24, 2015

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would ban a taxing district’s ability to appeal a property assessment based on the sale of the property received the unanimous support of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee this morning, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Local high school students featured in Argall’s monthly TV show

June 17, 2015

Senator Argall’s monthly television show features local high school students who participated in his recent Senator for a Day program at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus.[...Read more]

Committee approves Argall proposal to allow private sector to escort super load transports

June 16, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a proposal on Tuesday that would remove a serious burden from the Pennsylvania State Police by allowing qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

June 2015 - The Argall Report

June 15, 2015


June 2015 – Senator for a Day Program at Penn State Schuylkill.[...Read more]

Lawmakers Announce Schuylkill Technology Center to Receive State Grant for Nearly $8,500

June 11, 2015

“The grant funded by the Liquor Control Board will allow concerned local youth to communicate with their peers about the dangers of underage drinking,” Sen. Argall said. “I applaud the students for their passion and leadership to take a stand against underage drinking.”[...Read more]

Senate passes Argall’s blight demolition funding proposal

June 9, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation today to give counties a new option to finance the demolition of blighted and abandoned properties, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Berks Senators introduce work zone safety measure

June 8, 2015

HARRISBURG – Holly Doppel of Lenhartsville emailed Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) after she read the lawmakers were interested in spearheading a bipartisan effort to strengthen safety in work zones.[...Read more]

Senate committee to hold hearing on anthracite coal industry in Pottsville next week

June 3, 2015

POTTSVILLE – A Senate committee will hold a public hearing in Pottsville on June 11 to receive an update on current economic conditions as well as state and federal regulations affecting the anthracite coal industry and coal-refuse fired alternative energy plants, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Reverend Wollyung of Mahanoy City serves as guest chaplain of Senate of Pennsylvania

June 1, 2015

HARRISBURG – As a guest of Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Reverend Christopher Wollyung of the First United Methodist Church in Mahanoy City served as the state Senate’s guest chaplain on Monday.
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Senate Appropriations Committee approves Argall’s demolition funding proposal

June 1, 2015

HARRISBURG – Counties could have another option to finance the demolition of blighted and abandoned properties under legislation approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall’s student government seminar encourages local students to debate state issues

May 15, 2015

Local students discussed a wide range of state issues during Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) annual Senator for a Day student government seminar at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus on Thursday.[...Read more]

Argall, Knowles to host concealed carry seminar in Hamburg

May 13, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) will co-host a Concealed Carry Seminar in Hamburg on May 14 to educate gun owners about state laws regarding firearms with Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht.[...Read more]

Pottsville Area High School seniors featured in latest television program by Sen. Argall

May 13, 2015

Senator David. G Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) recently hosted high school students from the Pottsville Area School District at the state Capitol. During the visit, seniors participated in a forum with Sen. Argall and Representatives Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill).
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Senate approves Argall bill establishing state ‘Corrections Officers Bill of Rights’

May 12, 2015

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would establish a Corrections Officers Bill of Rights for state corrections employees received the unanimous support of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee this morning.[...Read more]

Berks County resident, Purple Heart veteran recognized in Pa. Senate

May 11, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania recognized the achievements of two-time Purple Heart recipient and Upper Bern Township resident Dennis Essig during session this afternoon.
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Sen. Argall set to host annual ‘Senator for a Day’ student government seminar on Thursday

May 11, 2015

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will host his annual Senator for a Day program at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus (200 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972) on Thursday, May 14.[...Read more]

May 2015 - The Argall Report

May 11, 2015


May 2015 – Pottsville High School Students Visit the Capitol[...Read more]

Senate Majority Policy Committee learns of solutions to help state comply with federal mandates

May 7, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee learned more about potential solutions to help the state comply with federal run-off pollution mandates during a public hearing on Wednesday.[...Read more]

Argall, Holman team up for blight summit with local officials, public

May 5, 2015

POTTSVILLE – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman and other local officials are teaming up for a forum on Wednesday in Pottsville to discuss strategies to fight blight.
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Majority Policy Committee to explore wastewater, stormwater issues

May 4, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee will study potential avenues to comply with federal run-off pollution reduction mandates during a public hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday.[...Read more]

Wastewater, Storm Water Issues

May 1, 2015

Senate Majority Policy Committee - May 6, 2015
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Local lawmakers team up for identity theft prevention/shredding events on April 27

April 22, 2015

HARRISBURG – Four area lawmakers, including Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Representative Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Representative Mike Tobash (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill), are teaming up for three seminars on identity theft and community shredding events on Monday, April 27.[...Read more]

Argall, Knowles recognize Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad’s “Regional Railroad of the Year” achievement

April 21, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R- Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) congratulated the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad for recently being named 2015’s Regional Railroad of the Year according to Railway Age, a railroad magazine publication.[...Read more]

The Argall Report highlights Senate hearings on Wolf spending proposal

April 16, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly TV show focuses on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s three-week series of budget hearings regarding Governor Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 state spending plan.[...Read more]

Argall bill to provide demolition funding clears Senate committee

April 15, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, chaired by Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to allow counties to generate funds for demolition purposes.
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Wilson Area High School exchange student shadows Senator Argall in Capitol

April 14, 2015

HARRISBURG – A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday shadowing Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at the state Capitol.
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Senator Argall joins AIA Pennsylvania announcing Neighborhood Restoration Act

April 14, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) joined the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today to announce the PA Neighborhood Restoration Act, which will help to improve our cities and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth, while leveraging the wealth of talent of incoming architects.[...Read more]

April 2015 - Argall Report

April 13, 2015


April 2015 – Budget Hearing Highlights[...Read more]

Pennsylvania Pet Protection Hearing - Senate Bill 373

April 10, 2015

Joint Public Hearing of the Senate Majority Policy and Judiciary Committees - April 17, 2015

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Schuylkill legislative delegation to recognize County Treasurer Jackie McGovern on Wednesday

April 7, 2015

POTTSVILLE – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representatives Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) will present citations congratulating Jackie McGovern for her years of public service as Schuylkill County’s Treasurer on Wednesday, April 8 at 11 a.m.[...Read more]

State legislators to congratulate Plain & Fancy for 50 years of business on Wednesday

April 7, 2015

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) will present congratulatory citations to Plain and Fancy Donut Shop from the Senate of Pennsylvania and the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m.[...Read more]

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

April 1, 2015

Senator Argall questions representatives of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs regarding efforts to protect military personnel against domestic terror attacks and measures to provide necessary services to veterans at a reduced cost.
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PEMA Budget Hearing

April 1, 2015

During a hearing with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Senator Argall questioned the impact of cold winter weather on infrastructure.
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Argall points out flaws in Governor Wolf’s temporary tax relief plan

March 31, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) pointed out numerous faults in the governor’s temporary property tax relief plan during a budget hearing with the Department of Revenue today.[...Read more]

Department of Revenue Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015

During a hearing with Acting Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty, Senator Argall advocates the elimination of property taxes, rather than a temporary reduction.
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Department of Agriculture Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015

Senator Argall commented on the negative effects of the property tax on family farms during a hearing with Acting Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.
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Argall raises questions about governor’s property tax relief plan favoring Democrats over Republicans

March 30, 2015

HARRISBURG –Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) raised questions regarding the governor’s proposed school property tax relief plan favoring areas represented by Democrats during Monday morning’s Senate Appropriations Committee state budget hearing with the Department of Education.[...Read more]

Department of Banking & Securities Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015

Senator Argall questioned Acting Secretary of Banking & Securities Robin Wiessmann regarding ways to improve the Pennsylvania Minority Business Authority and expedite the foreclosure process on properties that have fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair.
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Department of Labor and Industry Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015

During a budget hearing with the Department of Labor and Industry, Senator Argall discussed the adverse effects of Obamacare on full-time employment and concerns regarding out-of-state household goods movers operating in Pennsylvania.
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Department of Education Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015

Senator Argall questioned Acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera regarding the troubling disparity in the governor’s tax plan along partisan lines. A preliminary review of the governor’s property tax relief plan indicates that school districts represented by Democrats fare much better than districts represented by Republicans.
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PA Liquor Control Board Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Argall asks the Liquor Control Board about its recent decision to “clarify” the definition of original container, paving the way for 12 pack sales at beer distributors during a state budget hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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Department of Corrections Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Argall discusses the recent trends in population declines with incarceration at state prisons with Department of Corrections at a state budget hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Argall also addresses concerns with overtime pay for corrections officers as well as the pay disparity between union and non-union employees.
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DEP Budget Hearing

March 25, 2015

Senator Argall questions the Department of Environmental Protection about the state’s efforts to cleanup scrap tire piles during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the state budget.
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Departmenet of Aging Budget Hearing

March 24, 2015

Senator Argall discusses the state’s need to set a goal to provide senior citizens with greater opportunities to remain in their homes compared to placing them in institutional care with the Department of Aging.
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PUC Budget Hearing

March 23, 2015

Senator Argall questions the Public Utility Commission about the enforcement of the household goods mover industry within Pennsylvania.
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Department of General Services Budget Hearing

March 16, 2015

Senator Dave Argall questioned the cost of unused office space owned by the Commonwealth and compliance with the Downtown Location Law during a hearing with Secretary of General Services Curt Topper.
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Senator Argall comments during budget hearings

March 16, 2015

Senator Argall comments on the need to eliminate the property tax and questioned the number of patronage jobs awarded by the Wolf Administration during a hearing with Budget Secretary Randy Albright.
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Op-Ed: Taxpayers deserve a fair trade with school property tax elimination

March 16, 2015

Many local football fans have watched their favorite NFL team make numerous trades and acquisitions over the past two weeks. Some of those trades leave fans scratching their heads and wondering what the front office is doing to help the team get to the Super Bowl.[...Read more]

Penn State Berks featured in latest television program from Senator Argall

March 5, 2015

READING – Take a half-hour tour of Penn State Berks in this month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
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Argall: Beware the governor’s “bait and switch” property tax plan

March 3, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s school property tax proposal:

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March 2015 - Argall Report

March 2, 2015


March 2015 – Tour of Penn State Berks Campus[...Read more]

Sen. Argall welcomes Pottsville Area High School government students to state Capitol

February 25, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) welcomed students enrolled in Pottsville Area High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) American Government class and American Government class to the state Capitol this morning.
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Argall supports Senate bill requiring U.S. citizenship to receive welfare benefits

February 24, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) voted today in favor of a measure that would require proof of United States citizenship for any individual applying for public assistance.
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Mahanoy City, Sen. Argall featured in PA Community Bankers’ February publication

February 24, 2015

MAHANOY CITY – The February edition of “Transactions,” a publication from the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, features a wide-ranging conversation on fighting blight with Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Sen. Argall introduces legislation limiting insurer retroactive denials

February 23, 2015

HARRISBURG – Standing with medical professionals, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) introduced legislation this afternoon at the state Capitol that would limit insurers’ ability to retroactively deny reimbursements.

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Sen. Argall, medical groups advocate limiting insurer retroactive denials

February 20, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will stand with medical professionals to formally introduce legislation that will limit insurers’ ability to retroactively deny reimbursements on Monday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg.[...Read more]

Senator Argall announces fire, EMS grants for 29th District

February 12, 2015

POTTSVILLE – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) announced grant awards totaling $1,691,670.45 for local volunteer and emergency medical services organizations throughout the 29th Senatorial District.[...Read more]

Argall, Folmer to discuss medical cannabis at forum on Feb. 11

February 9, 2015

BERNVILLE – Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) will participate in a public forum on medical cannabis on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church at 537 N. Main St. in Bernville.[...Read more]

Argall’s TV program highlights local charitable food efforts

February 3, 2015

SPRING TOWNSHIP – The latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television program features a discussion of local charitable food efforts and a tour of the Greater Berks Food Bank.
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February 2015 - Argall Report

February 2, 2015


February 2015 – Greater Berks Food Bank[...Read more]

Argall encourages students with interest in public service to apply for scholarship

January 28, 2015

HARRISBURG – College students who are interested in a career in public service can apply for the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation internship program through February 7, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Argall appointed to key Senate committees

January 19, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will serve on seven key committees for the 2015-16 Pennsylvania General Assembly.[...Read more]

Argall’s latest TV program highlights Berks County students becoming ‘Senators’ for a day

January 14, 2015

READING – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) highlights the inaugural ‘Senator for a Day’ program for Berks County high school students. Argall, who represents northern and western portions of Berks County, held the first-ever Berks County student government seminar at Penn State’s Berks Campus.[...Read more]

Schuylkill County makes history with the new legislative session

January 6, 2015

HARRISBURG – History was made during this afternoon’s swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol when two Schuylkill County legislators formally began serving in their leadership roles for the 2015-16 legislative session in the General Assembly.
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January 2015 - Argall Report

January 5, 2015


January 2015 – “Senator for a Day” Program at Penn State Berks[...Read more]

Senator Argall’s statement on Tamaqua’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Pilot Zone designation

December 31, 2014

TAMAQUA – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding Governor Corbett’s recent announcement that Tamaqua was awarded a City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Pilot Zone designation.[...Read more]

2013-14 Legislative Session - Final Report

December 29, 2014

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee - 2013-14 Legislative Session - Final Report[...Read more]

Argall’s latest TV program explores challenges facing PA cities

December 22, 2014

HARRISBURG – The challenges facing Pennsylvania cities are featured in the latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-29) monthly television program.[...Read more]

Schwank, Argall, Community and Business Leaders, First Responders Meet on Route 222

December 18, 2014

BLANDON – Heeding the growing concerns about the safety of Route 222, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-11) and David Argall (R-29) met last night with local leaders to work towards solutions that would make the highway less deadly.[...Read more]

Koch's Turkey Farm, Yuengling help Pennsylvania's First Family celebrate Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014

HARRISBURG – The First Family of the Commonwealth will be celebrating a Schuylkill County Thanksgiving, thanks to Koch's Turkey Farm and Yuengling Brewery.[...Read more]

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership

November 19, 2014

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership celebrates its 20th anniversary.
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Local railroad lieutenant’s two year initiative capped off by governor’s signature, ceremony at Capitol

November 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – In January of 2012, Reading and Northern Railroad Lieutenant Matthew Johnson approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) asking for the senator’s help on strengthening the state’s scrap material theft prevention law.[...Read more]

Berks County veteran’s suggestion becomes law, attends bill signing with governor

November 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – When Joe Soga approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) at a Berks Patriots event in September of 2013 with an idea to create a new specialty license plate for veterans with distinguished service, he never imagined he’d sit next to the governor when the proposal was signed into law.[...Read more]