Today, June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation – union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that the civil war had ended and that those enslaved were declared free. Today, the holiday celebrates Black liberation and represents the continued fight for racial justice in our country. Though Juneteenth is an official state holiday in PA as of 2019, it is not yet federally recognized.
My office is closed today to observe this important holiday. Click here to learn more about the history of Juneteenth.
I also want to wish all of the fathers and father figures in our community a Happy (early) Father’s Day! I hope you enjoy your weekend.
This week’s email includes green phase and summer recreation guidance, updates on recent policy hearings, info on summer meal programs for kids, and testing updates.
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Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Bucks and Montgomery Counties Move to GREEN June 26
Thanks to your efforts and sacrifices, Bucks and Montgomery Counties are ready to move into the green phase of reopening and lift additional restrictions. Governor Wolf announced today that our counties will move to the green phase next Friday, June 26 at 12:01am.
Like all of you, I am excited to be moving to this new phase and thankful more of our local businesses will be able to safely reopen. This is not the end of the road. I will keep pushing for more support for struggling businesses and families, and for further reopening efforts as it becomes safe to do so.
Let's keep doing what works. Let's continue to wear our masks and practice good hand hygiene to prevent the resurgence that other states have experienced. We're still in this together.
Summer Recreation Guidance
This Saturday marks the first day of summer. As the Commonwealth continues to reopen, the Wolf administration released guidance to help families stay safe while they enjoy the weather. Check out the infographic above and see the full guidance here.
Policy Hearing about the Food Supply Chain
Yesterday, I held a policy hearing to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our food supply chain in PA. The idea for this discussion was brought to me by constituent business Clemens’ Food Group/Hatfield Meats, and I was glad to hear from Brad Clemens about the challenges their business has faced and what the state legislature can do to support the industry moving forward.
As a state with a rich and storied farming history, we must ensure that our government is meeting the needs of our agricultural industry and their end buyers at this critical moment. I look forward to working with our panelists and industry partners to craft effective legislative solutions.
If you missed the hearing, the full recording is available on my website.
Joint Hearing on Law Enforcement Accountability
On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended joint hearings of the Judiciary and Law & Justice Committees to discuss accountability and equality in law enforcement and our criminal justice system. We heard from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, representatives of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, NAACP PA State Conference, and many others from advocacy organizations and law enforcement.
While we have a long way to go to address systemic racism in our Commonwealth, I came away from the hearings even more convinced that criminal justice and policing reform are necessary. I am optimistic that there is enough common ground between the parties to effect positive change in the near future.
You can read more about legislation our caucus has introduced to reform policing here.
Free Summer Meals for Kids
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Though virtual classes have ended, free school meal programs have not. Free summer meals are available for all children ages 0-18 at locations across our district. Though distribution only occurs a few times a week, most locations provide several days’ worth of meals for kids.
To find additional locations near you, text “FOOD” to 877877 or click here. Please contact my office at email@example.com or 215-368-1429 if you need assistance.
COVID Testing Reminder
Now that testing is more widely available, you no longer need to meet certain criteria in order to be tested – any resident who wants to be tested can do so at no cost. In Montgomery County, there are three county testing sites: Blue Bell, Norristown, and Pottstown. You can earn more about the Montco sites and register to be tested here.
If you are 18 or older, you can also be tested at select CVS and Rite Aid locations. For additional options, check out the state testing map (click on the “Testing Information” tab at the bottom of the screen).
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
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Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012