In this email edition:
Coronavirus- How we can avoid the terrible conditions in China and Italy
The impact of coronavirus has been felt by all of us, with shutdowns of many key businesses, industries and schools. Why? Look at the impact on China and now, Italy due to the virus. Italy has been severely impacted and the illness has led to severe lockdowns and financial ruin. You can learn more about Italy here.
Earlier this week, I put out a special e-newsletter with information you need know in regards to coronavirus. It can be found here: https://www.senatorargall.com/enews/031720-2/.
State Senate to use Remote Voting during Coronavirus Outbreak
The Senate took an important step to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote without traveling to the state capitol, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre).
The temporary emergency rules included in Senate Resolution 318 will ensure the Senate can continue voting even when Senators cannot be physically present at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg due to coronavirus mitigation efforts that are ongoing statewide.
The resolution creates a mechanism for members to file bills electronically and to participate in committee meetings and Session through the use of technology. The emergency powers are scheduled to expire July 31, 2020, or 10 days following the expiration of the governor’s emergency order, whichever is sooner.
In order to ensure transparency, Session will be announced well in advance and streamed live for the public at www.PASenateGOP.com.
Option to Vote by Mail-in Ballot
Voters now have the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election on April 28.
As part of a broad election modernization package that was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law in 2019, voters now have the option to request a ballot by mail. Previous law required a voter to request an absentee ballot only if he or she would be physically unable to go to the polls on Election Day.
Voters must complete an application for a mail-in ballot no later than seven days prior to the election.
Pennsylvanians can learn more about voting by mail and complete an application for a mail-in ballot at www.VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot.
Complete Your Census Online
2020 is still a census year. The census is very important in making sure the state is properly represented in the House of Representatives and so that Pennsylvania receives the necessary funding it needs. You can take the census online at https://2020census.gov/en.html.
Revitalization Efforts in Frackville
Frackville Borough recently presented their plans for redeveloping North Lehigh Avenue, with proposed crosswalk, roadway and parking enhancements as well as the possible commercial and residential revitalization of the block between Spring ad Frack Streets. If we can turn these dreams into a reality, this would be a major improvement for many people…in Frackville and the entire region! You can read more about it here.
New Argall Report: Fighting Blight is a Bipartisan Battle in Shenandoah and Beyond
This month’s Argall Report focuses on the ongoing battle against blight and new strategies put forth to address this issue.
When it comes to fighting blight, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat. We’re forging a bipartisan consensus to find a way to breathe new life into many old towns, large and small, all across Pennsylvania.
I lead the Statewide Blight Task Force which is made up of Republicans and Democrats from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as representatives from the Governor’s agencies, local and county governments, and many other groups. As a result of the work that the Task Force has completed, new laws have been created to provide stronger enhancement tools to municipalities to hold problem property owners accountable. Other laws have been crafted to help municipalities remediate blighted properties in their communities.
In this report, I cite Shenandoah’s efforts in fighting blight. Despite the difficult battle against blight, I am very proud that they have never given up!
You can watch the program on my website.