Governor Wolf Signs Nine Bills Into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA  – Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf signed nine bills into law. The following pieces of legislation are now law:Act 62 – House Bill 89 sponsored by Rep. Harper amends Title 42 (Judiciary), in discipline, removal and retirement of judicial officers, further providing for automatic retirement on age.Act 63- House Bill 239 sponsored by Rep. Greiner amends the County Pension Law further providing for definitions and for supplemental benefits.Act 64 – House Bill 753 sponsored by Rep. Culver establishes the PA Long-term Care Council; providing for its powers and duties; and repealing related provisions of the Public Welfare Code.Act 65 – Senate Bill 77 sponsored by Sen. Alloway amends Title 34 (Game), in special licenses and permits, further providing for dog training areas.Act 66 – Senate Bill 609 sponsored by Sen. Mensch establishes a task force on prostate cancer & related chronic prostate conditions; & providing for powers of the task force, DOH, PID, Dept. of Aging & DHS, and for prevention and education strategies.Act 67 – Senate Bill  775 sponsored by Sen. Eichelberger amends Title 11 (Cities) consolidating the 3rd Class City Code; making revisions concerning records of ordinances; qualifications for city treasurer; selection of appointee from list of PA National Guard; making a repeal.Act 68 – Senate Bill 791 sponsored by Sen. Eichelberger amends the Second Class Township Code, in township officers generally, further providing for removal for failure to perform duties.Act 69 – Senate Bill 793 sponsored by Sen. Hutchinson amends the Second Class Township Code, in corporate powers, further providing for building & housing regulations & repealing provisions relating to building & housing inspectors; & for UCC, property maintenance code & powers.Act 70 – Senate Bill 887 sponsored by Sen. Costa amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in rules of the road in general, further providing for duty of driver in construction and maintenance areas or on highway safety corridors and for duty of driver in emergency response areas.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: November 25, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Signs Nine Bills Into Lawlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Names 13 New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

first_imgReturning Commissioners Anne Ard (Centre County)Donna Barbetti (Lackawanna County)Dana Brown (Allegheny County)Jessica Brubaker (York County)Im Ja Choi (Montgomery County)Rep. Madeleine Dean (Montgomery County)Susan Jacobson (Philadelphia County)Denise Johnson (Crawford County)Jazelle Jones (Philadelphia County)Leslie Anne Miller (Delaware County)Nancy Mills (Allegheny County)Deborah Melamut Minkoff (Montgomery County)Tina Nixon (Dauphin County)Lesley Ridge (Erie County)Abaigeal Rooney (Northampton County)Jessica Rothchild (Lackawanna County)Patti Stirk (York County)Rosa Stroh (Dauphin County)Randi Teplitz (Dauphin County)Michelle Zmijanac (Allegheny County)For more information on the Commission for Women, contact or 717.831.3224. October 18, 2017 Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of 13 dedicated business, civic, and community leaders to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The new commissioners, along with 20 returning commissioners, were sworn in by Secretary of State Robert Torres at the Governor’s Residence.“Women today are still facing remarkable challenges in both the workplace and at home, which is why it’s so important to have a strong statewide advocacy arm in the Pennsylvania Commission for Women,” Governor Wolf said. “This Commission has worked tirelessly over the last two years to represent the best interests of Pennsylvania’s women and girls, and with the addition of these 13 new members who are equally as passionate and dedicated, we will work together to ensure women are treated equally in this commonwealth and that their rights are protected.”“Now, more than ever, women need to be active and engaged so that our voices are heard and interests are represented,” said Commission Chair Randi Teplitz. “The Pennsylvania Commission for Women looks forward to continuing to work with Governor Wolf and other policymakers on behalf of the women and girls of Pennsylvania.”The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of women and girls in Pennsylvania.Below is a full list of the individuals that have been appointed as members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women:New AppointeesRep. Karen Boback (Luzerne County)Rep. Carolyn T. Comitta (Chester County)Andrea Feinberg (Montour County)Kristen Houser (York County)Claire E. Kelling (Centre County)Grace McGregor Kramer (Lackawanna County)BJ Leber (Allegheny County)Sen. Judith Schwank (Berks County)Salima Suswell (Philadelphia County)Tiffany Tavarez (Philadelphia County)Lesley Ward (Dauphin County)Tracey Welson-Rossman (Montgomery County)Erin Willford-Skipworth (York County)center_img Governor Wolf Names 13 New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Business and Entertainment Leaders to Announce National Criminal Justice Reform Organization

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform,  Equality,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Prison Reform New York, NY – Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel joined leaders from the worlds of sports, entertainment and business in New York today as they announced the launch of REFORM Alliance, an organization focused on transforming the American justice system.“I have been a steadfast supporter of criminal justice reforms that are fair, help our system work better and smarter, and save crucial taxpayer dollars while balancing public safety and victim concerns,” Governor Wolf said. “The passionate supporters of criminal justice reform here today invited my administration to attend this announcement because Pennsylvania is a leader in commonsense reforms. I’m pleased to be here today.”REFORM’s founding partners include award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; and Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith.REFORM named activist, author and CNN host Van Jones to serve as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In his role, Jones will oversee the implementation of the alliance’s mission and spearhead operations management.As a leader in bi-partisan criminal justice reforms, Pennsylvania was the first and remains the only state to pass and implement a Clean Slate law that allows formerly incarcerated or arrested individuals with certain types of convictions to have their records sealed if they have not been convicted for 10 years and no fines or costs are owed. The legislation was co-sponsored by representatives Sheryl Delozier and Jordan Harris and supported by Senator Anthony Williams.Gov. Wolf today again pledged his continued support for additional criminal justice reforms:Focus on probation reform to ensure the right individuals have the right level of supervision and technical probation violations do not mean an immediate return to incarceration. This works hand-in-hand with first ensuring sentences are commensurate with the severity of crimes committed.Pass and implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines.Reform the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system.Reform the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.In addition to the Clean Slate law, Pennsylvania has also:Announced a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.Signed Tierne’s Law, strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence. Tierne Ewing, a victim of domestic violence, was murdered by her estranged husband in 2016 after he had been arrested for domestic abuse, then released.Signed the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which strengthens penalties for hazing and ensures that schools have safeguards to protect students. Timothy Piazza was a 19-year-old Penn State University student who died in February 2017 at a fraternity.Made it harder for domestic abusers to use firearms to kill, terrorize, and control their victims and others by signing Act 79 of 2018, which includes a reform long-sought by domestic violence and gun safety advocates.Signed the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.Signed Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signed Act 130 of 2018, the “Safe Harbor” law, which shields children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes a new fund for victim services.Signed Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.Signed Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.Signed Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.Announced a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.“The efforts in Pennsylvania are working, but we must continue towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania and across the United States,” Gov. Wolf said. “My hope is that REFORM Alliance, working together with states, advocates and legislators can continue to make a difference in advancing criminal justice reforms.”To learn more about the REFORM Alliance, please visit Governor Wolf Joins Business and Entertainment Leaders to Announce National Criminal Justice Reform Organizationcenter_img January 23, 2019last_img read more

Pat Rafter’s land hits the market, big enough for dozens of courts

first_img108 Panorama Drive, Doonan, QLD. Picture: SuppliedHe said the larger of the two blocks, at 108 Panorama Drive, Doonan, was a rare site with views of Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach, Noosa North Shore, Mt Tinbeerwah, Mt Cooroy, Mt Pomona, Mt Eerwah, Blackall Range down to Mt Tibrogargan or Glasshouse mountains.“It’s been in the family for 40 years or so,” Mr Rafter said. “It’s a rare block because you can see the sun rising and the sun setting on the one block. It’s one of a few blocks in the whole area that has that sort of view.” 108 Panorama Drive, Doonan, QLD. Picture: SuppliedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoAsked how many tennis courts could fit on the site, Mr Rafter said a fair few on paper but the land had a good building site and then dropped away in a slope — part of the reason the views were so spectacular.Anyone thinking of putting money down on the land may have to be armed with much more than a million dollars. : It passed in at auction at one million on Saturday,” Mr Rafter said.Pat Rafter does have a second family block on the market in the area though, at 57 Whispering Gum Avenue, Eumundi, for $365,000. Pat Rafter poses at the Legends Lunch during the 2017 Australian Open. He has relocated to Byron Bay from the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images.FORMER tennis world number one Pat Rafter has two massive blocks of family land on the market in Queensland, big enough to fit dozens of tennis courts.Both blocks were bought by parents Jocelyn and Jim over 40 years ago, according to Pat’s older brother Geoff Rafter, who is handling the sales. 57 Whispering Gum Avenue Eumundi. Picture: 0.8 hectare could also take a fair few tennis courts — about 30 side-by-side, but older brother Geoff said it would a challenge given it was also a sloping block.“Dad bought it over 40 years ago and then eventually broke it up and this is the last of the blocks of Pat’s. It’s also a sloping block, and has a nice view to Mt Cooroy and is very private.”Mr Rafter said he had put in a 90 metre driveway recently to the land.Pat Rafter and family have already relocated to trendy Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, and have put their Sunshine Beach mansion on the market for $18 million. The home of Pat Rafter on the Sunshine Coast which is for sale. Picture: Suppliedlast_img read more

Pooling all your dreams together This Northern Beaches home goes beyond expectations

first_imgThe home is listed for offers over $699,000BUILT to perfection, this Northern Beaches home has gone above and beyond all expectations for the Morris family.The sophisticated 760sq m Trinity Beach property has proven practical and magical since it was built in 2008.Owners Sally and Evan Morris have enjoyed watching their daughters Chelsea, 10, and Ebony, 8, grow up in their dream home. “We wanted to build our family home, back then the girls were just babies,” Mrs Morris said.“It was one of the first houses in there … and now it is a full neighbourhood.“We wanted something light, airy and bright that could be completely opened up.“We designed it so the pool was basically in the middle of the house, meaning you can see everything that goes on from the kitchen.“The girls learned to swim in the pool and ride their bikes out the front. They have a cubby house in a special part of the garden – it’s just been an amazing home for them.”The four-bedroom home has mountain views and is across the road from a popular family park.Other notable features include a spacious covered deck, split-system airconditioning, a double lockup garage and Caesarstone kitchen.Dual indoor living areas, as well as the comfortable outdoor deck, make entertaining an absolute breeze.“It is the best place to just sit back, chill and watch the sun set behind the mountains,” said Mrs Morris, a professional photographer.“We’ve had heaps of great Christmases, barbecues and parties.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It feels like a big community here, there are always so many kids playing in the park and on the street.” 5 Catamaran Circuit, Trinity Beach, was built in 2008The home is just a short walk from Trinity Beach while schools and shopping centres are also nearby.Mrs Morris said it was time for a “change of scenery”, but added she would be sad to say goodbye to the property.The median house price at Trinity Beach was $495,000 as of last November, according to the latest figures from Core Logic.The delightful home at Catamaran Circuit is open for inspection today from 11-11.30am.Selling agent Karl Latham of Elite Real Estate said it was an opportunity not to be missed.“Secluded from the road this desired park side residence offers complete privacy while accentuating the beautiful mountain views,” Mr Latham said.“A one-off original design to seamlessly flow from the indoors to outdoors, this bright airy home has all the inclusions for the relaxed coveted lifestyle.“Flooded with natural light this is a meticulous home with no expense spared, positioned in one of the most sought-after streets in Bluewater.”“It has everything on offer for beautiful and stylish living.”last_img read more

The Queensland areas where the property market is in decline

first_imgThings are starting to look up in Gladstone which could finally make its exit from the dirty dozen list. BRISBANE’S best first time investments Mr Ryder said Fortitude Valley sales were at about one-third of the levels they were at two or three years ago while West End sales had halved since 2014 and 2015.In South Brisbane sales rate were between 160 and 180 per quarter in 2013 and 2014 but in the past year have dropped to about 60 or 75 sales per quarter.He also nominated Kelvin Grove as a struggling apartment market.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago Gladstone in Central Queensland has featured in the dirty dozen list for some time but Mr Ryder believes the end is finally in sight.“We suspect this may be the last time it appears,’’ he said.“With new projects in the Gladstone pipeline (most of them not resources-related), there is hope that vacancies will fall and normal market conditions resume. In the meantime, however, vacancies remain around 6 per cent and sales rates are still very low. There will come a time when it’s good to buy in Gladstone, but not yet.’’Mount Isa, is another Queensland region where the property market has been affected by the slow down in the resources sector. SIGN up to receive all The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inbox Mr Ryder said it was an active market with strong rental yields and rising prices until 2013 but since then the bottom had fallen out of that market. While Mile’s is not technically a resources town, nearby gas exploration in the Surat Basin led to plenty of development in the area and now a downturn in values.In 2012 and 2013 quarterly sales regularly topped 150 a quarter but since 2014 it was consistently below 50 per quarter.In 2016 the quarterly sales rates were 40, 26, 41 and 35. Roma and Miles, in Western Queensland were not mining towns but a surge in activity with coal and coal seam gas exploration in the nearby Surat Basin area had led to development of new housing.“Developers built lots of new product in these small towns, failing to foresee the modern phenomenon of temporary workers camps. The result was the destruction of the property markets in Miles and Roma.’’Mr Ryder said the vacancy rate in Miles was now 17 per cent and Roma was about 10 per cent and only nine houses sold in 2016. QUEENSLAND has four entrants in the National Dirty Dozen of property markets in decline.And while in previous years the list has been dominated by resource towns, this time around plenty of capital city markets have made the list.Report author Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the national list had changed in the past year and he expected it to evolve further throughout this year.It was previously dominated by resources-related areas which were struggling from the downturn in mining investment, but now capital city markets were now nudging their way onto the list – mainly because of their unit markets. HOW much is too much for borrowers? The one thing in common all the areas that made the list had was a drop in sales numbers, rising vacancy rates and, in many cases, falling prices.Mr Ryder said while those markets weren’t performing now it didn’t mean they would not recover given time.As well as resource towns, Brisbane’s inner-city unit markets made the list.My Ryder said the CBD and near-city suburbs like Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane and West End all had vacancy rates of 5 per cent to 7 per cent at a time when there was new supply under construction.“Exacerbating the problems are declining rates of sales, when the market needs sales levels to be rising,’’ he said.last_img read more

A luxurious resort-style home – and how about a free Porsche?

first_imgThis Mission Beach home comes with a white Porsche Cayenne already in the car park.THE owners of a luxurious resort-style Mission Beach home is offering not only the furniture to the new owners, but also their white Porsche Cayenne.The three-bedroom, home at 36 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach is listed for sale for $1.8 million.Suzi and Warren Lee are selling their Mission Beach home.It is owned by barrister Warren Lee, chairman and managing director of Australian Mortgage Fund (AMF), and his wife Suzi.The couple also have property on the Gold Coast and have purchased a new holiday home in Vanuatu.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago36 Pacific Parade, Mission BeachThe home, which is listed through Ray White Mission Beach overlooks the Coral Sea.Mrs Lee said they could work from anywhere and they had been spending a month in Mission Beach and a month on the Gold Coast.36 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach“But we have now built a very similar house in Vanuatu so we have to downsize somewhere. Vanuatu is a new love for Warren, he loves it there.’’36 Pacific Parade, Mission BeachMrs Lee said the seven-year old Porsche Cayenne would be worth about $60,000.She said they loved Mission Beach which had become their winter escape.Marketing agent Melissa Thurgood said the home had two undercover living areas.36 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach“Then there is the outdoor deck on the beachside of the home where you will also find the plunge pool.’’last_img read more

Greg and Barbara Ingham, of Australia’s largest poultry producing family are selling their beachfront home

first_imgThe apartment in “On The Rocks” at 2/6 Ocean St, Yamba is listed for sale.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoGreg and Barbara Ingham, part of the family which are the largest poultry producers in Australia and New Zealand, are selling their luxurious beachfront home.The two-level apartment at Yamba is to be auctioned in Brisbane on September 15 through Ray White Rural’s Barry Quinn and Ray White Yamba’s Daniel Kelly.Mr Ingham is also a well known thoroughbred racehorse owner and is a part owner in the champion sprinter Chautauqua which is a starter in the upcoming world’s richest horse race in Sydney on the 14th October.The four-bedroom apartment has four bathrooms and overlooks Covent Beach and has direct private beach access.last_img read more

It was once an abandoned, derelict site but now it’s transformation has begun

first_imgAn aerial of the site for the Clearview development at Seven Hills“The architectural design was focused on protecting existing vegetation and incorporates a mix of new parks and dedicated bushland areas into the site.”Mr Honeyman said they had worked tirelessly to ensure the development added value to the local area without detracting from the natural bushland environment that already existed on the site.“Clearview is just a stones throw from the Seven Hills Bushland Reserve,” Mr Honeyman said.“We have incorporated several access points across the development so residents can enjoy the more than 50 hectares of natural bushland on their doorstep.”Once complete, Clearview Urban Village will feature 13 house and land packages, more than 80 two and three storey terrace villas and a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.Currently stages one and two of the house lots have been completed, with 80 per cent sold. Stage one consists of two and three storey townhomes in a 17 lot development priced from $604,900. Stage two consists of six large, three storey terrace homes from $636,900. Each development has its own exclusive pool.THE BASICSClearview Urban Village Developer: Heran Building Group Location: 110 Darcy Road, MorningsidePrice: Three bedroom townhouses (stage 1) from $604,900 An artist’s impression of Clearview at Seven Hills.THE previously abandoned and derelict Seven Hills TAFE is undergoing a transformation, with Clearview Urban Village beginning to take shape.The site, purchased by the Heran Building Group in 2011, will feature more than 400 new dwellings and a 100-bed aged care facility once completed, and has been designed to cater for a range of buyers. Heran Group development manager Peter Honeyman said Clearview Urban Village would stand out as one of Brisbane’s most significant urban village projects, located close to Brisbane’s entertainment hubs, sporting grounds, schools and transport. “It will boast 10 distinct precincts across the nine-hectare site and has been designed to cater for a broad cross-section of the community with a variety of housing options, large parklands and community facilities,” he said.A number of the pre-existing TAFE buildings have already been transformed into a Community Hub Precinct that boasts a 100-seat indoor theatre and an 80-seat outdoor amphitheatre that Heran has gifted to the Brisbane City Council. An artist’s impression of one of the buildings at Clearview at Seven Hills“We will also convert a precinct into an aged care facility that will form part of the mix of residential dwellings including detached homes, townhouses and apartments,” he said.“The Clearview development shows it is possible to bring new developments to the inner city that enhance the standard of living of not just those who choose to live there but the broader community.”Wolter Consulting project developer Ryan Maclellan said Clearview Urban Village showcased all the elements of good development.“Clearview Urban Village ticks all the boxes, Mr Maclellan said. “What was previously a run-down educational facility will soon be a vibrant social and recreational hub serving the local community for many years to come.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by last_img read more

Mansion facing the river sells for $5m at auction

first_imgThe home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerA lower-level main bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a claw foot bathtub.There is also a library, gym and wine cellar.“It’s probably one of the best riverfront blocks in Chelmer,” Mr Adcock said. The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerRiverfront homes specialist Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige Real Estate, said the 3122sq m property at 127 Laurel Ave sold to a local family who were renting just one street over.The opening bid was $4 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home at 127 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“We had two registered bidders and probably a crowd of 80 to 100 people,” Mr Adcock said.“It was pouring rain at 11am but it didn’t seem to deter the crowds.” The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerHe said the property’s “unbelievable” block size and its wide frontage to the river appealed to buyers most.The outdoor space includes a grass tennis court, pool, sprawling level lawn and a gazebo with timber decking. 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerTHIS riverfront mansion has sold at auction for $5 million. The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerHe said that the market for prestige homes was the best that he had seen in more than a decade.“This just shows that the prestige market in Brisbane has certainly come back to life,” Mr Adcock said.last_img read more