News Releases

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[...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]

Op-Ed: Goal: Save over $800 Million by Merging School Employees Health Care Plans

October 31, 2013

In recent weeks, lawmakers in Harrisburg have debated several competing attempts to reform the archaic and unfair school property tax system that has existed in Pennsylvania since the 1830s.[...Read more]

Argall Introduces Resolution to Seek Cost-Savings after Help from Constituents

October 29, 2013

HARRISBURG – A resolution aimed at studying the cost-savings associated with merging school district health care plans was introduced after input from local taxpayers, school board members, health care experts and others, according to its sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29)[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Reviews Vacated Property Bill

October 23, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-29) held a public hearing this morning to listen to both sides of the debate surrounding a proposal dealing with vacant property.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 48 (Williams)

October 22, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Public Hearing - October 23, 2013[...Read more]

Argall Proposal to Eliminate Potato Packaging Requirements Clears Senate Committee

October 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs unanimously passed a proposal that would eliminate potato packaging requirements in Pennsylvania, according to the bill sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Local Afterschool Program Receives Funding from State

October 22, 2013

JIM THORPE – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) and Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122) announced that the Office of the Budget released $400,000 to the SHINE afterschool program late last week.[...Read more]

Argall: DGS Secretary, Revitalization Expert Offer Perspectives on Downtown Location Law

October 17, 2013

HARRISBURG – Testifiers praised recent changes to the Downtown Location Law during a Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee hearing on Wednesday.[...Read more]

October 17 is “Lights on Afterschool! Day”

October 16, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) teamed up together to shed ‘light’ on afterschool efforts that help local youth in the region and across the state.[...Read more]

Senator Argall Applauds Senate Finance Committee, Independent Fiscal Office for Thorough Discussion on School Property Tax Elimination Plan

October 15, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) today thanked the Senate Finance Committee for its public hearing featuring testimony from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) regarding legislation he has sponsored to eliminate school property taxes across Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee to Receive Update on Downtown Location Law

October 15, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-29), will receive an update on the Downtown Location Law on Wednesday, October 16 at 10:15 a.m.[...Read more]

Downtown Location Law (Act 32 of 2000)

October 11, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Commitee - October 16, 2013[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Hearing - Wednesday, Oct. 16 - 10:15 a.m. - NOB Hearing Room #1

October 10, 2013

Please be advised that the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. The topic of this hearing is to provide an update on the Downtown Location Law (Act 32 of 2000).[...Read more]

Argall and Dutcavich: Provide Way to Merge Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Offices

October 10, 2013

POTTSVILLE – A proposal introduced by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) would give Fourth Class counties the option to merge the offices of Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts.[...Read more]

Senator Argall Discusses Downtown Location Law during Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Annual Conference

October 8, 2013

GETTYSBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) addressed Main Street and Elm Street managers from across the state during the Pennsylvania Downtown Center's annual conference in Gettysburg on Monday.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: Local Students Debate Current State Issues in “Senator for a Day” Program

October 1, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features the Senator’s annual student government seminar with local high school students at Penn State’s Schuylkill Campus.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: Future of Main Street, Elm Street Programs

September 18, 2013

JIM THORPE – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a hearing on the future of Main Street and Elm Street programs held by the Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee earlier this year.[...Read more]

Local Legislators Set to Host Carbon County Senior Expo

September 10, 2013

JIM THORPE – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe), state Sen. David Argall (R-Carbon/Schuylkill/Berks) and state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today reminded local seniors to come out to their 2013 Carbon County Senior Citizens Expo this Thursday at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.[...Read more]

Local Legislators Provide Update on Route 61 Construction in Berks, Schuylkill Counties; Remind Motorists to Use Caution

August 30, 2013

HAMBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) urged motorists to use caution and be patient during much-needed upgrades to portions of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: Tilden Elementary Visits State Capitol

August 15, 2013

HARRISBURG – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a recent visit to the state Capitol by fourth grade students from Tilden Elementary School in the Hamburg Area School District.[...Read more]

Argall to Examine Cost of School District Health Care Plans, Seeks Public Input

August 13, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is looking for input from local taxpayers, school directors, and health care and insurance experts on a proposal to reduce costs by merging public school health care plans.[...Read more]

Legislators, Educators Announce State Funding for SHINE Program

July 24, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senators John Yudichak (D-14) and David G. Argall (R-29) and a host of educators today announced that $400,000 in state funds for the afterschool SHINE program were secured for the upcoming school year.[...Read more]

Senator Argall to Host 4th Annual Senior Expo on July 10 at Schuylkill Mall

July 8, 2013

FRACKVILLE – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) will be hosting his 4th annual senior citizens expo at the Schuylkill Mall on Wednesday, July 10.[...Read more]

Op-Ed: No Tax Should Have the Power to Leave You Homeless

July 8, 2013

Despite renewed special interest attacks at the capitol in Harrisburg, the fight for eliminating the unfair school property tax begun by 79 grassroots taxpayer groups across the state is making some real progress.[...Read more]

The Argall Report: Schuylkill County Youth Summit

July 3, 2013

POTTSVILLE – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) highlights the inaugural Schuylkill County Youth Summit recently held at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.[...Read more]

Argall: New State Budget Prioritizes Education Spending, No New Taxes

June 30, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) voted in favor of Pennsylvania's 2013-14 state budget, which holds the line on taxes and invests more in local schools.[...Read more]

Senate Passes Bill to Give Developers More Time to Complete Planned Community

June 27, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation today that would extend the 7-year time limit placed on developers to complete a planned community to either 10-years, or a limitation based on the approved phasing that is submitted by the developer to the municipality.[...Read more]

Argall Bill to Convey Ashland Anthracite Museum to Borough Clears Senate

June 27, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would convey the Museum of Anthracite Mining to the Borough of Ashland received unanimous approval today in the state Senate, according to bill sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Senate Committee Passes Argall Bill to Convey Ashland Anthracite Museum to Borough

June 25, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Museum of Anthracite Mining would be conveyed to Ashland Borough as part of legislation approved by the Senate State Government Committee today, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

Future of Pennsylvania's Cities, Large and Small - Reading

June 20, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Hearing - June 21, 2013[...Read more]

Senate & House Urban Affairs Committees to Hold Hearing on Future of Cities in Berks County

June 19, 2013

READING – The Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee and the House Urban Affairs Committee will hold their third joint hearing on the future of cities, large and small, on Friday.[...Read more]

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Approves Tobash Bill, Two Other House Bills

June 19, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee unanimously approved three bills today from the House of Representatives, according to Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-29).[...Read more]

House Bills 1122, 1319, and 1363

June 18, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Meeting - June 19, 2013[...Read more]

Officials Discuss Future of Cities with Lawmakers at Committee Hearing in York

June 13, 2013

YORK – Local officials and community leaders joined members of the Senate and House Urban Affairs and Housing Committees in York today for a joint public hearing examining the challenges facing Pennsylvania’s cities, large and small.[...Read more]

Local Schools to Receive Funding Boost through Hybrid Learning Grant

June 12, 2013

POTTSVILLE – Five area school districts and the county’s Intermediate Unit were recently awarded grants to accelerate the implementation of hybrid learning programs, according to local legislators.[...Read more]

Future of Pennsylvania’s Cities, Large and Small - York

June 11, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Hearing - June 13, 2013[...Read more]

Future of Pennsylvania’s Cities, Large and Small

June 11, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Hearing - June 13, 2013[...Read more]

Argall Bill to Establish “Corrections Officers Bill Of Rights” Reviewed in Senate Hearing

June 4, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-29) to ensure that Pennsylvania corrections officers maintain their constitutional rights during disciplinary proceedings was the topic of a Senate Labor and Industry Committee hearing today.[...Read more]

Op-Ed: Should suspected terrorists receive welfare benefits? They did in Massachusetts.

June 4, 2013

On April 15, 2013, our nation lost three innocent individuals, with several more severely injured.[...Read more]

Senate & House Urban Affairs Committees Evaluate Future of PA Cities, Large and Small

May 31, 2013

The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-29), held the first of three joint statewide public hearings with its House counterpart on the future of Pennsylvania’s large and small cities on Wednesday.[...Read more]

Future of Pennsylvania’s Cities, Large and Small - Pittsburgh

May 28, 2013

Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee Hearing - May 29, 2013[...Read more]