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Senate Bill 841 Signed Into Law to Provide Flexibility to Local Governments and Businesses

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 today that helps local communities and businesses respond to the COVID-19 emergency and protect the public. The bill provides flexibility on property tax deadlines, allows remote public meetings and notarization of documents so online vehicle sales can resume.

Online Car SalesThis legislation gives local governments and businesses more options to help property taxpayers address various needs while continuing to doing our part in cutting back on physical interactions as we fight to mitigate the threat COVID-19 has imposed on our communities and our Commonwealth.
The bill does the following:

  • Reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and requires it to study the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals and health systems.
  • Allows local governments to conduct remote public meetings.
  • Provides property tax relief by allowing taxing districts to waive late fees and penalties for property taxes paid by December 31, 2020.
  • Allows school districts to renegotiate contracts with service providers to ensure payment of personnel and fixed costs during the school closure.
  • Allows remote notarization of documents.

Under the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s orders regarding the “Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining,” amended as of April 20, 2020, online vehicle sales are authorized to commence statewide in accordance with this guidance provided below:
GUIDANCE FOR VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER EMERGENCY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC

Construction with Strict Guidelines Resumes Friday, May 8

Public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting Friday, May 8, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration shortly. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.

PLCB Begins Limited Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup locationsThe Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today began accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. Phone orders can be placed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until reaching a store’s maximum order capacity each day. Curbside pickups will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a few days of order placement. Callers will be guided through each store’s unique inventory. There is a limit of six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order is delivered.

The PLCB website lists the stores offering curbside pickup. PLCB anticipates expanding the service at more locations in the future. The PLCB website, FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, is also increasing order capacity.

Curbside sales at Fine Wine and Good Spirits Shoppes will serve as a guide to determine whether certain other non-life-sustaining businesses may be able to resume limited operations through curbside pickup, which is currently only permitted for life-sustaining businesses that offer food and pharmaceuticals.

Mail-In Ballot Update

Track Your Mail-In Ballot

Team Boscola has received a lot of calls from constituents in the 18th who have signed up to receive a mail-in ballot and have not received it yet - now you can track the status of your mail-in ballot application!  (You can still contact my office if you need assistance too!)

SNAP Benefits Increased

SNAP Facts

Last week, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it will begin emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit issuance in line with the federal government’s interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Payments include a supplemental increase for both March and April and will continue to be issued for current SNAP households through April 29.  For additional information on SNAP, visit https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/SNAP.aspx or contact my office at 610-868-8667.

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