This Sunday, July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the historic piece of legislation that banned discrimination based on disability in all areas of public life. I want to thank the disability rights activists who fought tirelessly to make these civil rights a reality. Let’s continue the fight for equity and access in education, healthcare, employment, and more.
In this week’s newsletter, you can find information about state assistance programs, the new nonbinary driver’s license designation, relief plans for local restaurants and bars, and more.
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Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Relief Plan for Restaurants & Bars
Local restaurants and bars have been among the industries hardest hit by mitigation efforts and closures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday, the PA Senate Democratic Caucus announced a plan to provide some much-needed relief to liquor licensees through the LCB. We are continuing to craft additional relief plans for the broader restaurant industry. Learn more at pasenate.com/covid19.
I also join Governor Wolf in urging Congress to pass the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by PA Representatives Susan Wild and Brian Fitzpatrick. This bill would provide $120 billion to help independent restaurants nationwide.
New Nonbinary Driver’s License Designation
Nonbinary and gender nonconforming Pennsylvanians can now use a new gender designation on their state ID: “X.” I’m glad to see our Commonwealth taking this step to better serve and affirm all Pennsylvanians. We must continue to fight to end discrimination and ensure all Pennsylvanians are treated with dignity and respect.
To change your ID, bring a completed Form DL-32 to any PennDOT Driver License Center. This will not require a medical or social service provider’s sign off. Learn more.
Extra $600/week in Federal Unemployment Set to End
The extra $600 a week in federal unemployment is set to expire tomorrow, July 25 unless Congress approves an extension. I know that these funds have been a lifeline for families and individuals across our district, and that the need for them continues. If you need some extra help, take a look at the resources below, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office at email@example.com or 215-368-1429.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Reminder
Have you applied for your Property Tax/Rent Rebate yet? The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue began issuing rebates in May, and more than 310,000 Pennsylvanians have already received their rebate for 2019. Visit revenue.pa.gov/ptrr for more info and to apply.
Please reach out to my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 215-368-1429 if you need help with the application.
Warminster No-Contact Food Distribution Event
The Warminster Food Bank will be hosting a free food distribution event on Saturday, July 25 at the Nativity of Our Lord Church/School Parking Lot (605 West Street Rd, Warminster PA 18974) from 9am-2pm, or until supplies last. In partnership with Giant Food Stores, they will be distributing 500 Hunger Bags with cut vegetables, soup, chicken, stuffing, and more.
This is a drive-thru, no contact pick up event, and all are welcome! Find more information at www.warminsterfoodbank.org or call 215-323-4797.
For additional food assistance options in our district visit my website and click on “Food Assistance.”
Bucks United Way #StufftheBus Drive
Are you a Bucks County resident that needs help with back to school supplies? The United Way of Bucks County is here to help with their annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. This year, recipients can expect a new backpack, school supplies, hand sanitizer, and other items to help keep them safe. To request a bag, visit: https://www.uwbucks.org/stb-needhelp/. Requests must be made by August 10th.
If you’re able to donate supplies, go to www.uwbucks.org/stuffthebus to learn more. Monetary donations are accepted online and supplies will be collected on August 10 and 11 at multiple locations across the county.
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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