HARRISBURG – A new bill proposes to prevent companies from receiving state contracts, grants, or tax credits if they do business with Russia or Belarus, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the prime sponsor of the legislation.
“The citizens of Ukraine are suffering often untold horrors because of the unprovoked invasion of their country by Russia and Belarus,” said Argall. “As the state Senator who represents some of the most concentrated communities of Americans with Ukrainian ancestry in the United States, it is my responsibility to stop our state government from supporting anyone conducting business with these war criminals.”
Reports in Ukraine have detailed atrocities including the bombing of hospitals, schools, and residential buildings. The rampant targeting of innocent men, women, and children has led the United States to begin gathering evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses.
The bill will prohibit companies from receiving funds from Pennsylvania’s government if they have any direct equity share with the governments of Russia or Belarus, have any business operations with the governments of Russia or Belarus, are either headquartered or have a principal place of business in Russia or Belarus, or support the campaign to invade Ukraine.
Contact: Jim Brugger