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A Note From Daylin

Thank you to everyone who joined Maya van Rossum and me for a Facebook Live discussion Tuesday about some of the environmental threats facing Pennsylvania. Maya is a Delaware Riverkeeper and Founder of the Green Amendments Movement. I’m thankful for Maya’s incredible work on upholding PA’s Green Amendment and very happy she invited me to have this conversation; it’s one that the citizens of PA should be having with their legislators all the time. The right to clean air and clean water shouldn’t be about partisan politics. 

We have more virtual events scheduled this week! This Friday, I hope you’ll join us for a conversation with Public Citizens For Children and Youth, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean along with other state lawmakers from Montco to hear from Montgomery County students experiencing firsthand the impact of COVID-19 on their education. More details below.

These have been difficult times but it’s because of your effort and your commitment to staying at home that we’ve been able to make so much progress. We have to continue to successfully flatten this curve and it is your resilience throughout this crisis that will be what helps us do that.

Despite my office being physically closed, my staff and I have been working harder than ever to assist our constituents. To date, there have been more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians that have filed for regular unemployment compensation, and an additional 136,000 have filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Regretfully, our system was not equipped for the demand that we’re seeing and my constituents have experienced a myriad of issues related to filing their claims. My office is always here to help - we have legislative liaisons with whom we work to resolve these matters. If you or someone you know is still having problems, please contact us at senatorleach@pasenate.com or 610.768.4200.

Mail-in VotingAs a reminder, Pennsylvania has postponed the Primary Election date to June 2. I’ve been urging all Pennsylvania voters to vote in the safety of their own homes by voting by mail. You can apply to receive your mail-in ballot by going to VotesPA.com and filling out a form or you can contact my office and we will gladly mail you a paper application. Voters have until May 26 to apply.

Please consider reading the rest of our e-newsletter for more updates, upcoming events and other helpful info. I hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. We will all get through this together.

Sincerely,

Daylin 

PCCY Montgomery County Teen Town Hall

Friday, May 15th: Teen Town Hall – Montgomery County

I’m looking forward to joining Congresswoman Madeleine Dean along with other state lawmakers from Montco on Friday, May 15 to hear from Montgomery County students experiencing firsthand the impact of COVID-19 on their education. Parents and students interested in registering for the event can do so at the link below.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LtImL4e4R3q-2KmzWI4lSA

The Latest News

For Medical Marijuana Companies, Financial Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis Is A Cure They Can’t Get
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His business, which boasts three Pittsburgh-area locations, is doing well, all things considered, but he continues to dole out “COVID pay” to a handful of employees worried about coming to work due to health concerns. Pennsylvania has deemed his business “essential” during the pandemic but he is not eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding from the federal government. And his tax situation is so complicated, he’s hoping Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. help resolve it.

Montgomery County Child Abuse Reports Down During Pandemic; D.A. Seeks Public's Help Identifying Abuse
The Times Herald
Alarmed by a more than 60 percent decrease in the number of suspected child abuse reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery County’s top law enforcer turned to the public for help in reporting such crimes.

Patrician Society Meeting Increased Demand For Food
The Times Herald
The demand for food at the Patrician Society has stabilized since the initial surge in March as a result of the coronavirus crisis. “We more than doubled our numbers. In February we saw 480 families in a month and now we’re seeing 800 families in a month. So it’s staying the same," noted executive director LeeAnn Rooney.

The Music Continues Virtually at King of Prussia Town Center
The Times Herald
Folks have been flocking to King of Prussia Town Center for a few years now for more than the great restaurants and shopping. Many will no doubt remember the grand Winterfest with its elaborate ice sculptures back in December 2016. In the warmer months programs like the Live! Summer Music Series draw enthusiastic crowds to the center. The pandemic may have put a stop to the gatherings but the music will continue with the Live! Summer Music (Virtual) Series every Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. on the King of Prussia Town Center’s Facebook page.

Einstein Montgomery Gets COVID-19 Treatment Drug Remdesivir
Patch.com
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is among 51 hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive Remdesivir, a drug aimed to treat patients with coronavirus.

I lost my health insurance when I got laid off during the pandemic. How can I get coverage?
Philadelphia Inquirer
If you got laid off when the coronavirus pandemic hit and lost your employer-sponsored health insurance, you have options to get covered — but you should act fast. Here’s what you need to know.

SEPTA plans for free transfers, child discounts, no fare increases amid pandemic
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As the region continues to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, SEPTA announced they’re planning on implementing free transfers and discounted $1 child fares starting July 1. They’re also proposing no fare increases until January of next year at the earliest.

Experts say U.S. death toll is likely higher. Here’s what the data actually tell us
WITF
The U.S. has the most coronavirus deaths of any country in the world — on May 11, the death toll passed 80,000. And that’s likely an undercount.

No, you can’t expand your quarantine circle just yet
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Here’s the deal: People are going against local guidelines and scheduling social hangouts. Sometimes everyone’s maintaining six feet of distance from one another, and other times they’re not. Either way, you shouldn’t follow suit. If you live in one of the areas where stay-at-home orders remain in place, now is not the time to expand your quarantine circle, warn experts.

Radnor mulls options for outdoor dining once restaurants begin reopening
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As businesses slowly begin to reopen following the ordered government shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radnor officials are looking at ways to allow restaurants to welcome back customers - but at a safe distance, through outdoor dining.

Montgomery Bar Association offers legal answers during pandemic
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While the COVID-19 outbreak has closed law offices and Montgomery County’s courts, except for emergency matters, the Montgomery Bar Association continues to offer services to answer consumer and employment complaints related to the pandemic.

Salvation Army awarded $16K in grants to help homeless during pandemic
Main Line Media News
Salvation Army officials in Pottstown and Norristown will use more than $16,000 in emergency grant funds to help homeless families stay technologically connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PennDOT To Use Existing Photos for Driver License and Identification Card Renewals

PennDOT

On May 12, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that PennDOT will use existing photos on file for customers who renew their driver's license and identification card.

All customers who renew their driver's license or photo ID card online or through the mail will receive a new product using the most recent photo of that individual that exists in PennDOT's system. No camera cards will be issued to these customers, and they will receive their new product by mail within 15 days. The renewal process is complete when the final product is received. 

See the full announcement here.

Renew your driver’s license online here.

UC’s Troubleshooting Guide

What's Wrong with my claim

Have you applied for unemployment compensation and you’re not quite what’s wrong with your claim?  The Department of Labor and Industry recently published a Troubleshooting guide which explains common issues that many claimants may experience.  If you’re having problems, please review suggested action steps that can help speed up the process or fix the issue.  And if you need additional assistance, of course, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office via email at senatorleach@pasenate.com or phone at 610-768-4200.

Haven’t Received Your Stimulus Check Yet?

The IRS recently launched a new web tool that you can use to check the status of your stimulus check.  Using some basic personal information (social security number, birthdate, and address), the Get My Payment tool can tell you if and when you can expect to receive your stimulus check.  Using this tool, you can also easily sign up for direct deposit, potentially speeding up the date you receive your money. Visit the Get My Payment Page today!

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.