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4/29/2016

Governor Wolf's Week, April 24 - April 30, 2016
 
This Week Governor Wolf Continued a Series of Opioid Roundtables to Discuss Statewide Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.
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4/29/2016

Department of Health Launches Immunization Campaign with a Message to Parents: 'Don't Wait. Vaccinate.'
 
Scranton, PA - The Department of Health (DOH) today partnered with the Scranton School District to kick off its 2016 'Don't Wait. Vaccinate.' campaign. Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy read to kindergarten children at John G. Whittier Elementary School in Scranton and reminded parents to make getting their children's vaccines a top priority before the end of the current school year.
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4/28/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Continues to Audit All State Spending; Preparing to Track Extra Costs if Budget Delayed Beyond June 30
 
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his office is already preparing to audit all state and federal funds spent during the current fiscal year and that he will immediately start tracking extra costs if the 2016-17 budget is not finalized by June 30.
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4/22/2016

Governor Wolf's Week, April 17 - April 23, 2016
 
On Sunday, Governor Wolf signed SB3, legalizing medical marijuana which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. On Monday, Governor Wolf, joined by Senator Casey, signed the ABLE bill, which will help individuals with disabilities save for future expenses. On Thursday, the Governor held a bipartisan discussion to address Pennsylvania's opioid crisis in Reading and signed a bill that makes it easier for survivors of spousal abuse to divorce their abuser.
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4/21/2016

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Support Victims of Spousal Abuse
 
Allentown, PA - Today, Governor Wolf signed HB12 which breaks down barriers for victims of spousal abuse by empowering victims to take control of their divorce proceedings. 'When someone else experiences spousal abuse, it reflects - and often reinforces - a number of negative forces. It promotes a culture of unfairness and discrimination. It feeds on the pernicious idea that some people have clearer rights than others,' said Governor Tom Wolf.
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4/18/2016

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Future Expenses
 
Derry Township, PA -- Governor Wolf today signed into law the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) that enables the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts specifically for people with qualified disabilities and their families. The accounts can be used for a wide-range of disability-related expenses including health care, housing, and transportation without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.
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4/17/2016

Governor Wolf Signs Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill into Law
 
Joined by advocates, members of his administration, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
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4/14/2016

Dr. Loren Robinson provides an overview of the medical marijuana legislation
 
Dr. Loren Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, provides an overview of the medical marijuana legislation, which will be signed into law by Gov. Wolf on Sunday, and discusses how the program will be rolled out in the coming months.
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4/13/2016

Lt. Governor Stack, State Senators Back Two- Year State Budget Cycle
 
Harrisburg, PA -A group of Democratic and Republican state Senators joined Lt. Governor Mike Stack today to express support for adopting a two-year state budget cycle to replace the current annual process. At a press conference in the state Capitol, they announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Republican Ryan Aument, aimed at implementing that change.
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4/13/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit Finds PACE/PACENET Oversight Board Nonexistent, Notes Problems with Contracting
 
Lack of PACE/PACENET oversight could be reducing programs' ability to help low-income seniors
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4/13/2016

DCNR, Western Pa. Conservancy Planting Two Acres of Trees Along Lake at Yellow Creek State Park, Indiana County
 
Penn Run, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and volunteers in planting two acres of trees along the lake at Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County to improve water quality.
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4/11/2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and legislators to discuss the repercussions of the Republican anti-choice bill.
 
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and legislators to discuss the repercussions of the Republican anti-choice bill.
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4/7/2016

Governor Wolf Expands Non- Discrimination Protections for State Workers, Contractors
 
Governor Tom Wolf today signed two executive orders that expand protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for state employees and, for the first time, employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth. Governor Wolf's executive orders come as the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would apply these protections to all Pennsylvania workers, remains stalled in the General Assembly.
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4/5/2016

PennDOT Customers Can Opt To Save a Life Through Organ Donation
 
Harrisburg, PA - PennDOT invites driver license and identification card holders to celebrate National Donate Life Month in April by registering to be an organ donor and sharing a unique opportunity to help others in need live longer, better lives. More than 8,000 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants. Currently, nearly 46 percent of driver's license and identification card holders are registered organ donors - that's more than 4.6 million Pennsylvanians.
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4/5/2016

Governor Wolf Joins Vice President Biden to Launch 'It's On Us' National Spring Week of Action
 
Pittsburgh, PA - Governor Tom Wolf joined Vice President Joe Biden today to launch the 'It's On Us' National Spring Week of Action. This spring, the Week of Action is being held from April 3-9, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Thousands of young people across the country will host and participate in events designed to not only raise awareness about the campaign but also continue to work to foster a culture of consent.
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