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A Note From Daylin

I hope everyone is staying safe & healthy. I know these days you’re likely receiving an overload of electronic communication, so I’ll keep this short and we’ll get right to the most important updates.

Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians 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.

You might have heard - 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.

I know these have been difficult times, but it’s because of your selflessness and your commitment that we’ve seen a decrease in the amount of reported cases. We will all get through this together.

Stay safe!

Daylin

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Delaware County Teen Town Hall | TOMORROW

Telephone Town Hall

I’m looking forward to joining Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon along with other state lawmakers on Friday, May 22 to hear from Delaware County students experiencing firsthand the impact of COVID-19 on their education. Parents and students interested in registering for the event can do so here.

Daylin’s Telephone Town Hall | Coronavirus Update

Telephone Town Hall

Join me at 6:10 pm on Tuesday, May 26 for a live Telephone Town Hall. I’ll be providing an update on the coronavirus, addressing state and community mitigation responses, as well as make myself available for any questions you might have. You can register here.

The Latest News

Real Estate Resumes In PA, With These New Rules In Place
Patch.com
Despite Gov. Tom Wolf vetoing a bill that would have let real estate sales resume, the state is permitting limited real estate activities.

Governor Wolf: PA Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxes
Governor Wolf’s Office
Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania food distributors will receive more than $50 million of $1.2 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program.

SNAP recipients in Pa. will soon be able to have groceries delivered
Penn Capital Star
More than 1.86 million Pennsylvanians who receive federal food assistance may soon be able to get groceries delivered to their doors, the state’s human services chief confirmed Tuesday.

Positive trend of fewer deaths continues in Montgomery County; new testing site opens in Lansdale
The Times Herald
Montgomery County officials reported seven more deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday and announced there is a new testing opportunity available in the Lansdale area. The latest seven deaths from COVID-19 bring the county’s death toll to 536 since March 7.

Montgomery County official: 'Still very real risk of virus transmission in our community'
The Times Herald
Montgomery County officials reported a dozen more deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday and reminded residents that there's "still very real risk of virus transmission" in the community. 

CDC, National Guard 'Strike Teams' To Assist Montco Nursing Homes
Patch.com
The multi-disciplinary units will perform assessments, universal testing, and more in facilities statewide, including four in Montgomery Co.

What We Know About Your Chances of Catching the Virus Outdoors
New York Times
A stir-crazy nation wonders: Is it safe to stroll on the beach in a deadly pandemic? How about a picnic in the park? Or coffee with a friend at an outdoor table? The risk is in the details.

Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit
Daily Times
Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Guidance for Library Re-Opening

Our office has received numerous requests for libraries to be re-opened, so we thought you might be interested in the new guidelines that were prepared through the Department of Education for libraries hoping to re-open soon.

Read More Here: Office of Commonwealth Libraries Framework for Reopening Public Libraries

Property Tax and Rent Rebate News

Property Tax and Rent Rebate  - Status

Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella announced that many older homeowners, renters, and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1, but the governor and treasurer are issuing the rebates starting tomorrow to approved applicants. The governor also signed HB 1076 on May 19, which authorizes the early distribution.

The distribution of rebates by the Department of Revenue and Treasury is different than prior years. Rather than a large distribution of rebates on July 1, rebates will be processed and distributed on a first-in-first-out basis. This gradual process means some claimants will receive their rebates earlier than others.

The application deadline to apply for your Property Tax/Rent Rebate is December 31, 2020. 

Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-treasurer-torsella-announce-property-tax-rent-rebates-arriving-early-to-help-seniors-others-during-covid-19-pandemic/

Check on your payment status here.

Governor Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that starting today, businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties.
Previously, businesses and employees in the real estate industry were permitted to conduct limited in-person activities in counties in the yellow phase of the commonwealth’s phased reopening plan.

The real estate guidance requires businesses and employees to follow all applicable provisions of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, which includes provisions requiring that every person present at a worksite, business location, or property offered for sale, wear masks/face coverings, and provisions requiring the establishment of protocols for execution upon discovery that the business has been exposed to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

All in-person activities should be scheduled and limited to no more than the real estate professional and two people inside a property at any time, exercising appropriate social distancing.

When conducting settlements/closings utilize remote notary, powers of attorney or the exchange of contract documents electronically or by mail wherever possible. Where it is not possible to conduct settlement/ closing via remote notary or POA, attendance in-person must be limited to required signatories and their legal counsel or real estate professional only, and steps to preserve social distancing must be followed to the maximum extent possible.

Businesses and employees are also encouraged to provide sellers with relevant safety information and protocols for cleaning and sanitizing properties; utilize electronic marketing as much as possible; provide all individuals at an in-person activity with a verbal health screening; stagger scheduling of property showings; avoid physical contact with the property by staging in advance to prevent the need for interaction with items like lights, interior doors, drapes and blinds; and minimize time spent in the property by having discussions away from the property via remote means.

Delaware County Baby Item Pick Up Event | May 22, 2020

Delaware County Baby Item Pick Up Event | May 22, 2020

Delaware County Council, the Department of Human Services and Individuals Aiding in Emergencies are sponsoring a baby item pick up event on Friday from 10 am-12 pm at Chester City Hall (1 East 4th Street in Chester) for Delaware County residents.
Newborn to size 6 diapers, formula, baby food, and other items are available free of charge for families in need. Attendees are asked to please wear a mask as well as practice social distancing. First come first served.

Mail-In Ballot Application is Less than a Week Away

Apply Mail-In Election Ballot

The deadline to apply for your mail-in voting ballot is coming quickly.  If you are in need of a paper application, please contact my office immediately.  Otherwise, you can go to votespa.com to apply for your mail-in ballot.

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.