As we get closer to the end of summer, parents, teachers, administrators, students, and local officials are discussing what the next school year will look like. As a working mother, I share many of your concerns, uncertainty, and hopes about school reopening safely and enhanced distanced learning plans.
This week, the PA Department of Education and Department of Health released updated guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 schools, including hygiene guidelines, social distance measurements, masking, transportation guidance, and more.
Many of our school districts are starting to announce their plans for the coming school year, the safety measures they will take, and the options families will have. You can visit your school district’s website and contact school officials for more information.
Please visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for additional COVID-19 resources. Questions? Need assistance? Contact my office at email@example.com or leave us a message at 215-368-1429. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Updated COVID Restrictions
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced several restrictions to help stop and prevent a COVID-19 resurgence in our Commonwealth.
Please keep wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing your hands. Our economy depends on us preventing a surge. School reopening plans depend on us preventing a surge. And the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community depend on us preventing a surge. Let’s continue to work together to mitigate this virus.
Hazard Pay Grants for Frontline Workers
I was proud to work with the Governor and his team to develop the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program. This program will help life-sustaining employers put money into the pockets of many of Pennsylvania's lowest-paid frontline workers, who continue to risk their families' health and safety to keep us fed, care for our children and elderly, and help fellow frontline workers get to and from work.
The funds will be used to make hazard pay payments to employees making less than $20 per hour as a $3/hour direct increase to their pay for 10 weeks. Interested employees should talk to their employers. Interested employers can reach out to DCED or my office with questions. Read more about the program and see my full remarks here.
My colleagues and I continue to discuss plans to allocate the remaining federal CARES Act funds in ways that will help as many impacted Pennsylvanians as possible.
$1.4 Million Grant Awarded to Horsham Township
I am excited to announce $1.4M in PennDOT multimodal grant funding for the design, sighting, and installation of eighty-seven 15-foot tall, modern, high-efficiency streetlights in Horsham Township’s Pennsylvania Business Park. As we look beyond the current crisis toward the future, it will be more important than ever to bring new businesses and jobs to our district. This $1.4M investment in a safer, more modern business corridor will do just that. That is why I fought so hard for this project. Learn more.
The PA Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 14, a bill that will finally begin to reform our broken probation system. While there is still more work to be done, this important, bipartisan bill will help return probation to its original purpose of being a pathway out of the criminal justice system as opposed to an arbitrary and technical maze that keeps people entangled in it. I'd like to thank the legislators and activists who tirelessly pushed this bill forward, including my predecessor Senator Greenleaf who was an early champion of this issue.
Governor Wolf Signs Police Reform Bills
On Tuesday, Governor Wolf signed House bills 1841 and 1910, two police reform bills that passed unanimously in the House and Senate. The bills are the first two pieces of legislation signed into law in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and protests across our Commonwealth rallying for systemic change.
These bills are just the beginning. I will continue to push for additional police reform and racial equity legislation, and I will continue to listen to your concerns and ideas. Stay tuned for upcoming racial equity roundtables I will be hosting to advance this important dialogue and build upon our current reform efforts.
Racial Equity Tour Kick-Off Event
Save the date! The first event in the Senate Democratic Caucus’ Racial Equity Solutions Tour will be this coming Tuesday, July 21 at 11am, streaming on the Caucus Facebook page. Senator Anthony Williams will be hosting the event along with an impressive slate of criminal justice and racial equity advocates. You won’t want to miss this important discussion on how our Commonwealth can move forward and create systemic change. I hope you’ll join me in attending!
Scam Prevention Event: ICYMI
Thank you to everyone who joined us live yesterday for our virtual Scam Jam prevention event. Representatives from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and PA Banking & Securities had great tips on avoiding COVID-related financial and identity scams and what to do if you or someone you know fall victim. If you missed the event yesterday, you can watch the full recording on my website!
Mail-In Ballot Applications are Now Available
There are 109 days left until the November 3rd election, and mail-in ballot applications are now available! Let’s apply now to make sure our counties have ample time to process and deliver them. Apply for your ballot here.
I also wanted to share a few important election deadlines:
- Voter Registration Deadline: October 19 (register here!)
- Mail-In Ballot Application Deadline: October 27 (apply here!)
- Mail-In and Absentee Ballots Must be Received by County: November 3 by 8pm
- General Election Day: November 3 (polls are open from 7am-8pm!)
Questions about voter services? Check out votespa.com or your county website for more information or contact my office!
Looking for assistance? Want to share your thoughts on legislation or community issues? You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 215-368-1429 if we can be of service.
Stay up-to-date by ‘liking’ my Facebook page and following me on Twitter and Instagram.
Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
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