News Releases

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

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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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2016-17 Governor's Proposed Budget General Fund State Appropriations

February 9, 2016

2016-17 Governor's Proposed Budget General Fund State Appropriations
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Argall: Budget proposal threatens efforts to eliminate school property taxes

February 9, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 state budget address.
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Argall set to host telephone town hall with local residents following governor’s budget address

February 5, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will be listening to the concerns of local residents and discussing the governor’s latest budget proposal during a telephone town hall event on Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.[...Read more]

Argall, Jozwiak announce $40,000 grant for Womelsdorf Town Park

January 28, 2016

WOMELSDORF – A borough park will receive state grant funding, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks).[...Read more]

Argall, Goodman announce state grants for six Schuylkill County community projects

January 27, 2016

POTTSVILLE – Six community improvement projects in Schuylkill County will receive state grants, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Rep. Neal P. Goodman (D-Schuylkill).[...Read more]

Senators to Offer Supplemental Funding Measure for Agriculture Programs

January 21, 2016

Citing agriculture’s key role in Pennsylvania’s economy and the need to adequately prepare for a potential outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and other threats, Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) and his colleagues Ryan Aument (R-36), Gene Yaw (R-23) Dave Argall (R-29) and Lloyd Smucker (R-13) are preparing legislation to restore vital funding for agriculture-related items vetoed from the state budget by Governor Tom Wolf.[...Read more]

Argall introduces study to examine corrections spending, overtime costs

January 20, 2016

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is asking for a review of staffing levels and mandatory overtime for corrections officers within the state’s Department of Corrections.[...Read more]

Berks County student government seminar featured in Argall’s monthly TV show

January 19, 2016

SPRING TOWNSHIP – The January 2016 edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show features local high school students who participated in his recent student government seminar at Penn State’s Berks Campus.
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January 2016 – Senator for a Day Program at Penn State Berks

January 19, 2016

On this edition of the Argall Report, we present highlights from Senator Argall’s annual Senator for a Day program, held at Penn State Berks.
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Committee releases report detailing cost savings through mergers in school health care, prescription drug plans

December 9, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee released a study today detailing millions of dollars in potential savings if school districts pool resources for health care plans, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
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Argall’s monthly TV show showcases region’s mining heritage

December 8, 2015

COALDALE – The latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show takes viewers on a tour of the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Schuylkill County.
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Argall votes in favor of historic pension reform

December 7, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding the Senate of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly approving public pension reform by a vote of 38-12.[...Read more]

December 2015 – No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum

December 4, 2015

On this edition of the Argall Report, Senator Argall takes viewers inside the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum between Lansford and Coaldale in Schuylkill County.
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Senate passes measure to review tax dollar waste for unused property and office space

November 24, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved a measure Monday night to seek out cost savings and efficiencies with the current use state-owned and state-leased properties, according to one of the resolution’s sponsors, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Senator Argall’s statement regarding Senate vote on Property Tax Independence Act

November 23, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding tonight’s Senate vote on the Property Tax Independence Act, which failed after a tie vote of 24-to-24 with a tiebreak vote by the Lieutenant Governor:

 
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Committee approves measure to review utilization of state owned and leased office space

November 18, 2015

HARRISBURG – A resolution authored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) received the unanimous support of the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York), to evaluate current practices of real estate utilization policies with state owned and leased properties.[...Read more]

Argall supporting measure to increase security screening of Syrian refugees

November 17, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is cosponsoring a measure that would direct the governor to halt accepting Syrian refugees into Pennsylvania until the federal government establishes a protocol for screening incoming refugees.[...Read more]

Sponsors of Property Tax Independence Act issue statement on efforts to eliminate school property taxes

November 17, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York), Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton), Scott Wagner (R-York), Judy Schwank (D-Berks), John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton), Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and John Eichelberger (R-Blair) released the following statement regarding their efforts to pass the Property Tax Independence Act in the Senate.[...Read more]

Thursday Conference to discuss SB 76--Property Tax Elimination--now tentatively scheduled for a first ever vote in the Senate next week

November 10, 2015

This Thursday, November 12, Stout Associates Realtors and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA) will hold a conference on Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act.[...Read more]

Argall’s monthly TV show highlights Dear Tamaqua celebration, revitalization efforts

November 6, 2015

TAMAQUA – Revitalization efforts in the Tamaqua area are featured in the latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television program.

 
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Argall’s super load transport bill signed into law

October 30, 2015

HARRISBURG – Qualified private companies will soon begin to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads thanks to a new law authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

LIHEAP application period opens November 2

October 30, 2015

HARRISBURG – Families who are experiencing a heating emergency or are having trouble paying heating bills can apply for assistance beginning on Monday, November 2, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

November 2015 – Dear Tamaqua

October 29, 2015

On this edition of the Argall Report, we present highlights of Senator Argall’s visit to the “Dear Tamaqua” celebration, and takes a look at some of the many revitalization efforts underway in the borough.

 
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Senate passes measure to prevent spread of blight

October 28, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously passed a proposal today authored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to shorten the timeframe in which property owners must bring their property into compliance with property maintenance codes.[...Read more]

Budget Impasse Update

October 28, 2015

Senator Argall talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

 
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Senate approves Argall bill targeting illegal movers

October 27, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate passed a measure today that would strengthen penalties levied against illegal household goods movers, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Senators propose study of state office space holdings

October 26, 2015

HARRISBURG – As part of their ongoing efforts to find ways to eliminate unnecessary state spending, state Senators David G Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) want to know if the state’s office space holdings have matched the downward trend in the number of people employed by the state.[...Read more]

Tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology & Lycoming Engines

October 19, 2015

October 22, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.

 

 
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Argall to participate in upcoming senior expos

October 19, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) office will offer information to help local seniors during two upcoming senior expos.[...Read more]

Argall earns statewide recognition for efforts to protect consumers

October 19, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) was named “Friend of the Association” by the Pennsylvania Moving and Storage Associates (PMSA) for his efforts to protect Pennsylvania consumers.[...Read more]

Argall supports effort to promote independence of state Inspector General

October 15, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is co-sponsoring a bill that would certify the Office of the Inspector General and ensure the office can operate independently.[...Read more]

Study to evaluate opportunities for public-private partnerships for veterans’ care

October 13, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate adopted a resolution to study options to provide additional care for veterans, according to the proposal’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Sinking Spring, Spring Township attractions featured in Argall’s monthly TV show

October 7, 2015

HARRISBURG – Businesses and community service organizations in Sinking Spring and Spring Township are featured in the latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show.[...Read more]

October 2015 - The Argall Report

October 2, 2015

October 2015 – Alcon Research Ltd. and the Sinking Spring Family YMCA
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House approves Argall super load transport bill

September 30, 2015

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure on Tuesday sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would allow private companies to assist with the movement of super-sized transport vehicles.
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Media Advisory - Lawmakers will study creation of Waterfront Development Tax Credit

September 29, 2015

Members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and Democratic Policy Committee will hold a joint hearing to examine Senate Bill 282, legislation that would establish a Waterfront Development Tax Credit to encourage private investment in waterfront property, spur economic development, and promote environmental improvements and public recreational opportunities.[...Read more]

Argall disappointed in governor’s veto of vital state funding to schools, social services

September 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding the governor’s veto of the emergency funding budget
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Bipartisan proposal would protect highway construction workers, motorists

September 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – A bipartisan proposal that would create a five-year pilot program to place automated speed enforcement systems in active work zones won the unanimous approval of the Senate Transportation Committee today.[...Read more]

Proposal would provide another weapon in arsenal against blight

September 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee unanimously approved a proposal by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) on Monday to shorten the timeframe when property owners must bring their property into compliance with property maintenance codes.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 282 - Waterfront Development Tax Credits

September 25, 2015

Senate Majority Policy Committee AND Senate Minority Policy Committee - September 30, 2015
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Berks high school students set to become ‘Senators’ during student government seminar on Oct. 1

September 25, 2015

SPRING TOWNSHIP – Students from six area high schools will be participating in Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) second-annual student government seminar at Penn State Berks on Thursday, October 1.[...Read more]

Argall pushes federal officials to support U.S. anthracite coal

September 16, 2015

HARRISBURG – The state Senate unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the president and federal lawmakers to impose tariffs on imported anthracite coal on Wednesday, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

Health care cost savings study needs input from more school districts, Senators say

September 14, 2015

HARRISBURG – A comprehensive study is moving forward to identify cost-saving opportunities for public school employee health care plans, according to Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery).
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Argall, Knowles join first responders in West Penn Township to commemorate Patriot Day

September 11, 2015

NEW RINGGOLD – The service and bravery of West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Ruch were praised by state and local officials on Patriot Day.[...Read more]

Challenges facing anthracite coal industry featured in Argall’s latest television program

September 10, 2015


HARRISBURG – The significant challenges facing Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal industry are highlighted in the most recent edition of The Argall Report, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

September 2015 - The Argall Report

September 2, 2015

September 2015 – Issues Facing the Anthracite Coal Industry in Pennsylvania
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Argall supports penalties for municipalities protecting illegal immigrants

August 19, 2015

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is throwing his support behind legislation to curb illegal immigration in Pennsylvania.[...Read more]

Community service efforts featured in Argall’s latest television program

August 6, 2015


HARRISBURG – The exceptional community service efforts of several local volunteers were highlighted in the most recent edition of The Argall Report, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).[...Read more]

August 2015 - The Argall Report

August 6, 2015


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