In This Update:
Letter to Vice President Pence Regarding the 2020 Presidential Election from Senator Arnold and 31 Colleagues
On December 23, 2020 Senator Arnold and 31 of his colleagues in the General Assembly sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence sharing “grave concerns for the future of our Nation in the aftermath of one of the most extraordinary elections in American history.” The letter goes on to say “We are obligated by our oaths to bring certain matters to your attention in advance of the qualification of Electors and tabulation of Electoral College votes. In particular, we ask you to consider and weigh the validity of purported Electors and Electoral votes representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Senator Arnold and his colleagues enumerate several issues including the inconsistency regarding the 2020 Election and the severe infringements upon the General Assembly’s authority in the matter of their legislative capacities and Constitutional duties, as well. While Senator Arnold doesn’t claim to speak for his colleagues, his own focus lies in ensuring any discrepancies regarding the 2020 Election are reconciled with data and voter’s confidence in the election process is secure.
Citation Presented to Guadalupe Barba at the 2020 Lebanon Valley Chamber Membership Meeting
Greg Moreland, Chief of Staff to Senator Arnold, presented two citations on behalf of the Senate of Pennsylvania to recognize and congratulate Guadalupe Barba as the recipient of the 2020 Community Builder Award and WellSpan Health as the recipient of the Bob Harris Chairman’s Award.
The Community Builder Award is presented to an individual who has made an impact on the community by providing volunteerism, guidance, and leadership. Guadalupe is the owner of La Placita, as well as, the founder of Juntos de Lebanon, a nonprofit, cultural and educational organization with a mission to promote Hispanic culture and cater to the specific needs of the Spanish population. While Guadalupe Barba is well-known for her involvement in the community, she took it upon herself to get the community more involved and informed regard the 2020 Census. Guadalupe held informational events to help city residents fill out Census forms and promoted the Census in her restaurant and through social media. She also assisted local businesses in applying for CARES grants, helping to overcome any language barriers, among many other community outreach initiatives.
Greg Moreland commended Guadalupe noting that she “has made a long-lasting impact on the Hispanic community in Lebanon and beyond, and we hope to see that continue in the future”. Mr. Moreland also added “I do just want to put a plug in that you have an amazing restaurant and I enjoy eating there often! Thank you for all that you do for our community.”
The Bob Harris Chairman’s Award is given to a member who has been one of the biggest advocates and supporter of the Chamber throughout the year. WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and the amazing support staff, under the direction of President Tom Harlow, has “…provided outstanding support to the Chamber through its programming throughout the pandemic”.
“As a major employer in the area and a trusted healthcare network, WellSpan has been at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19… healthcare workers and administrators are the real heroes” said Chief of Staff Moreland.
Congratulations to both Guadalupe Barbas and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital for your advocacy of and commitment to your community.
Swearing-In Day Begins 2021-22 Legislative Session on January 5
New and returning members of the Pennsylvania Senate will be sworn into office to begin the 2021-22 Legislative Session on January 5.
Swearing-in day will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Only a limited number of guests will be permitted on the Senate Floor and in the Senate Gallery for the ceremony, and the usual television viewing areas in the Capitol Complex will be closed.
A live stream of the ceremony will be available at www.pasenategop.com.
Property Tax Rent Rebate Deadline is December 31
Time is running out for eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities to submit applications for the state’s popular Property Tax Rent Rebate program for taxes or rent paid in 2019. Applications must be completed and postmarked by December 31 in order to be considered.
If you have already submitted an application, you can check the status of your claim at www.revenue.pa.gov by selecting “Where’s my Property Tax/Rent Rebate” or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
Virtual PA Farm Show Kicks Off January 9
Although all in-person events for the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show have been cancelled due to COVID-19, many exhibits and events will still take place virtually. A schedule of events details the exhibits that will be available each day from January 9-16.
The exhibits will be focused on education and awareness, and the competitive events will not require the purchase of an animal. Forms and registration information are available here.
Reminder: Renew Dog Licenses Now
The Department of Agriculture is reminding Pennsylvania dog owners that all dogs three months of age or older must be licensed by January 1.
The license fee is $8.50 annually, or $51.50 for a lifetime license. The fee is reduced to $6.50 annually or $31.50 for a lifetime license if the dog is spayed or neutered, and additional discounts are available for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Goodbye 2020 — Happy New Year!
After one of the most challenging and tumultuous years in recent history, many Pennsylvanians are anxious to turn the page on 2020 and begin looking forward to a brighter year ahead. As we close the book on this year, I extend my warmest wishes to all community residents for a happier, healthier and more successful year in 2021!
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