State Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) wants to prohibit companies from getting state government contracts if they “do business with Russia and Belarus.”
Argall has been vocal in his opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Perhaps it could have something to do with Schuylkill County’s ancestral connection with Ukraine.
Earlier this week, he issued a co-sponsorship memo in the Pennsylvania Senate with his latest initiative.
“In order to continue to push back against the continued aggression of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, I will be introducing legislation to prohibit all Russian and Belarusian connections within government investments, grants, and state tax credits,” Argall writes in the memo.
To fall under this classification of businesses that could be barred from getting state government contracts, it would have to:
- Have any direct equity share with the Governments of Russia or Belarus;
- Have any business operations that involve contracts with or the provision of goods or services to the Governments of Russia or Belarus;
- Are either headquartered or have a principal place of business in Russia or Belarus; or
- Support, assist, or facilitate the Governments of Russia or Belarus in their shared campaign to invade the sovereignty of Ukraine, either through in-kind support or for-profit.
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