I hope this message finds you well. We’ve made it to the end of another week and another month! In this week’s newsletter, you can find details for a free COVID-19 testing event in Warminster, a policy hearing I’m hosting about responsibly reopening our schools, an update about mail-in ballots, a call to action in support of the federal HEROES Act, and more.
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Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
FREE Warminster COVID Testing Event 8/13
Looking to get tested for COVID-19? The Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center and AFC Urgent Care Warrington will hold a community testing event on Thursday, August 13 at the Senior Activity Center, 580 Delmont Ave, Warminster, PA. Testing will be open to first responders from 12-1pm and the wider community from 1-3pm. You can register for a test by calling or texting 267-223-9682. There are 100 tests available, so pre-registration is highly recommended! For more info, check out the Facebook event.
Looking for testing sites near you? Visit my website and click on “COVID-19 Testing.”
Policy Hearing on Re-opening Schools Responsibly
As the mom of a soon-to-be third grader and a registered nurse, I share your concerns about how to keep our students, teachers and community safe as the new school year begins when all of our options are wrought with risks and flaws. That’s why I’m hosting a policy hearing with stakeholders and experts to discuss what it will look like to re-open our schools responsibly.
Watch the hearing live on Monday, August 3 at 11am at senatorcollett.com/live or Facebook.com/SenatorCollett. Questions? Concerns? Contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail-In Ballots Will Include Paid Postage
Today, Secretary Boockvar announced that the Pennsylvania Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost for the 2020 general election. I applaud the Secretary and Governor Wolf for making the mail-in ballot process even simpler and more accessible – every vote deserves to be counted! Apply for yours today at votespa.com.
Suspending Per Diem Payments to Legislators
This week, I introduced a bill memo along with Senators Tim Kearney, Katie Muth, and Lindsey Williams to suspend per diem payments to members of the General Assembly during the COVID-19 emergency declaration. Per diem payments are daily allowances intended to cover travel, lodging, meals and other expenses for Pennsylvania legislators, and we can opt in or out of these payments. A temporary, unanimously passed rule change allows senators to participate in session remotely, eliminating the need to travel to Harrisburg and receive per diem for related expenses.
This small sacrifice will ensure that we as legislators are leading by example by working remotely to keep our communities safe from potential COVID exposure and not collecting unnecessary stipends at a time when our constituents are struggling. Learn more about the bill.
Action Item: Tell Your US Senators to Support the HEROES Act
The federal HEROES Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package, would provide desperately-needed financial aid to struggling Pennsylvanians. This would mean an extension of the weekly $600 COVID-19 unemployment benefits and new funding for food assistance, schools, housing, student loan forgiveness, and more. The US House passed this bill in May, but it’s stuck in the Senate. Please contact your US Senators today and ask them to pass the HEROES Act by calling 202-224-3121.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Thursday, July 30 was World Day Against Human Trafficking, a day to bring attention to the horrors of human trafficking and advocate for victims’ rights. 271 trafficking cases were reported in Pennsylvania in 2019, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline continues to operate during the pandemic:
Learn more about recognizing the signs of human trafficking here.
Know the Facts on Face Masks
Thank you to everyone who continues to wear their masks when leaving home! This small inconvenience has been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19 and will be crucial to preventing future outbreaks. Questions about face masks? Check out this FAQ from the Department of Health.
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012