In this email edition:
On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians Can Vote for a Better Emergency Declaration Process
This upcoming Tuesday marks this year’s primary election, and voters will have the chance to weigh in on four ballot questions at the polls. Two of these questions are proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would improve the way our state responds to future emergencies.
My offices have been hearing concerns from thousands of you throughout the pandemic about how the Wolf Administration has handled this severe public health crisis. A YES vote on the two questions relating to the emergency powers of the governor would protect our communities, small businesses, and the education of our children by giving the Legislature more of a role in the process.
I strongly encourage all voters to do their civic duty by showing up to the polls on May 18 and remember this KEY fact: all registered voters are permitted to vote on these three questions during the Primary Election, including Independents and members of all political parties.
Watch remarks I made on the floor of the Senate on the issue here.
Rep. Twardzik, Rep. Kerwin, and I Host “Grand-Reopening” for our new Joint Pottsville Office
Last Friday, I was joined by Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) and Rep. Joe Kerwin (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) to commemorate the “grand re-opening” of our new joint office in downtown Pottsville. Sharing this office with the two newest members of the Schuylkill county delegation will allow for greater cooperation between the House and the Senate and -most importantly – will save the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per year.
This office is located at 100 N Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 and is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to assist constituents with any state-related issues, including PennDOT forms, property tax and rent rebates, birth certificates, and status reports on legislation. The office can also be contacted by calling 570-621-3400.
Watch Rep. Twardzik, Rep. Kerwin, and I speak about our new office here.
Virtual Town Hall on Ballot Questions, Property Tax Elimination, and More
This week, I hosted a virtual town hall where more than 4000 residents of Berks and Schuylkill County could ask me questions about our state government. I took questions on a wide variety of topics including property tax elimination, the questions that will be on the ballot for the primary election on Tuesday, election integrity, PennDOT, and many more legislative issues. If you missed it, you can watch the full event here.
During the call, listeners were asked to respond to some questions. The results of these polls are below:
Do you support the constitutional amendments regarding the Governor’s emergency powers?
How would you rate the Governor’s handling of the pandemic within Pennsylvania?
Do you agree with my legislation that would allow Gubernatorial candidates to select their own running mates?
Do you agree with Rep. Sims’ bill to require background checks on all ammunition sales in Pennsylvania?
Do you support the complete elimination of school property taxes by Constitutional Amendment?
Celebrating Bob Allen and a New Eagle Scout
This past weekend, in a sure sign that the pandemic is finally winding down, I had the chance to attend two public events.
On Friday, I attended the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon, where my good friend Bob Allen was awarded the James M. Stine Lifetime of Service Award. Bob has spent many years working to improve this region through economic development. Congrats Bob!
On Saturday, Representative Jerry Knowles, County Commissioner Gary Hess, and I attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Daniel Neiswender of Auburn. Daniel’s Eagle Scout project took place at the Char-Wills German Shepherd Rescue in New Ringgold. Congrats Daniel!
Vaccine Information for Berks County
If you live in Berks County and are struggling to find an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Berks Cares Vaccine Center is a great resource to help you get scheduled to receive your shot. Visit this link to see available appointments, there are many available slots next week to get your Pfizer shot! If you or someone you know has difficulty scheduling an appointment online, the Berks Cares Vaccine Call Center is available to help at 1-888-712-2772.
Free Shredding Event
Next Thursday, May 20 from 9am-1pm, Rep. Tim Twardzik and I will host a free community shredding event at the Fairlane Village Mall parking lot in Pottsville. Minimize your chance of identity theft by shredding any documents you no longer need. Attendees are limited to a 3 bag/box limit per vehicle. Learn more information about this event here.
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