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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203029
171 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029
717-783-8657 FAX


District Offices

One West Centre Street
P.O. Box 150
Mahanoy City, PA 17948
570-773-1675 FAX

61 North Third Street
Hamburg, PA 19526-1501
610-562-6895 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)

100 North Centre Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-622-6629 FAX
(Shared with Representative Mike Tobash)

Spring Township
2850 Windmill Road
Spring Township, PA 19608

237 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, PA 18252
570-952-3374 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)

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In this Email Update:

  • Senator Folmer challenges the status quo
  • My latest monthly TV program highlights bipartisan, community effort to save Frackville state prison
  • Do you know someone who is interested in applying to the Valley Forge Military College?
  • PA Motorcycle Safety Program offering courses this spring
  • PA eliminates vehicle registration stickers
  • Top 10 Tick Facts – Deer ticks stir with fluctuating temperatures

Senator Folmer challenges the status quo

Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) penned an op-ed regarding our joint efforts to eliminate school property taxes. His op-ed, which was published in the York Dispatch, challenges those who argue against the total elimination of school property taxes.

In his op-ed, he writes, “Do you support the proposed changes of Senate Bill 76 or do you prefer the status quo?  For those who oppose SB 76, I say: Show us your plan. Until then, you’re supporting the status quo, which isn’t working for either taxpayers or schools.”

Please take a moment to read Sen. Folmer’s latest update on our bipartisan effort to eliminate school property taxes here.

My latest monthly TV program highlights bipartisan, community effort to save Frackville state prison

Representative Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) and I are highlighting recent efforts that led to keeping SCI Frackville open earlier this year.

As part of “The Argall Report,” a monthly locally broadcast television program, Rep. Goodman and I focus on a recent hearing I chaired in Harrisburg featuring the Department of Corrections as well as local delegations making their respective case as to why certain prisons should remain open.

If you want to see a true definition of a bipartisan team effort, this is it. We are extremely grateful to all the individuals, elected officials and organizations who poured a lot of time into this victory for the community and region. The county came together as one and fought to keep this prison open.

You can read more about this program here.

Watch the program below.

March 2017 - Hearing on Proposed Prison Closures

Do you know someone who is interested in applying to the Valley Forge Military College? 

The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative allows each Pennsylvania legislator (203 Representatives and 50 Senators) to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and guaranteed partial scholarship to the Valley Forge Military College – the Military College of Pennsylvania.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.

Learn more about the program here and let me know if you or someone you know is interested! 

PA Motorcycle Safety Program offering courses this spring 

Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) is issuing a reminder for novice motorcyclists and seasoned riders alike that free safety courses are being offered throughout the year.   

The five courses include: 

Participating insurance companies offer premium discounts to students successfully completing PA MSP courses

Enroll online or call 1-800-845-9533.

PA eliminates vehicle registration stickers

Some confusion continues over changes to the vehicle registration program, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The program, which eliminated the registration sticker effective December 31, 2016, continues to require registering your vehicle and retaining the valid registration card. 

Elimination of the vehicle registration sticker is expected to save taxpayers $1.1 million, while saving an additional $2 million in mailing costs.

The savings will be invested in the repair and maintenance of the state’s roads and bridges. 

Cold Water Boating Safety

Some 80 percent of all recreational boating fatalities occur when a boater fails to wear a life jacket, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).   

During the winter and spring months, sudden cold water immersion triggers cold water shock. From Nov. 1 through April 30, Pennsylvania boaters are required by law to wear a life jacket. In addition, whether underway or at anchor, boaters on vessels less than 16 feet long, canoes, or kayaks are required to wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.   

Consult the PA Boating Handbook (page 11) for an understanding of the legal requirements for year-round boating in Pennsylvania. 

Top 10 Tick Facts – Deer ticks stir with fluctuating temperatures 

Combat Lyme Disease, a year-round concern, with a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time.  Careful removal during the first 24 hours you become a host to a deer tick will likely prevent infection. 

The germs spread from the tick’s salivary glands and are spit into its victim within 24 hours of the initial bite. 

One bite can leave the deer tick's victim with no or barely any discernible symptoms. Another victim can suffer a lifetime of pain and suffering from infection of the bacteria. 

You can read the “Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Ticks These Days” courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health here

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