Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation

first_imgGovernor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation November 21, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf took action on a number of pieces of legislation.“Today, I am proud to sign HB 2370 which clarifies the realty transfer tax exemption passed earlier this year for transfers of agriculture conservation easements from farms to certain organizations, and would ensure that it applies to certain transactions that have already taken place” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This will provide much needed tax relief for hundreds of family farms in Pennsylvania.”“I also signed HB 946 which changes the drug reimbursement methodology used in the commonwealth’s prescription assistance programs for older adults and will produce a substantial savings,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “While achieving this kind of savings is laudable, we would prefer that the bill used these savings to expand drug coverage for additional senior citizens rather than using the savings to increase dispensing fees paid per prescription to pharmacies.”Governor Wolf signed the following bills:Act 167 (Gillen) – Amends the Civil Service Act, in Civil Service Commission, further providing for Commission; for powers of director; for service to state departments & cooperation with other agencies; for nature of examinations.Act 168 Gabler) – Amends Title 34 (Game), in hunting & furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices & methods; and, in hunting & furtaking licenses, further providing for elk hunting licenses.Act 169 (Baker) – Act providing for pharmacy audit procedures, for registration of pharmacy benefits managers & auditing entities, for maximum allowable cost transparency & for prescription drugs reimbursed under PACE & PACENET; & related repeals.Act 170 (Harris) – Amends Titles 15 (Corporations) & 54 (Names) modernizing law on limited liability partnerships, general partnerships, limited partnerships & limited liability companies.Act 171 (Oberlander) – Amends Title 62 (Procurement) providing for diverse and disadvantaged businesses.Act 172 (Warner) – Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety) providing for incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.Act 173 (Corbin) – Act requiring the preparation & publication of information relating to the influenza vaccine for individuals residing in assisted living & personal care homes; & imposing duties on the Department of Health & the Department of Human Services.Act 174 (Snyder) – Amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole), in miscellaneous provisions, providing for oleoresin capsicum spray.Act 175 (Moul) – Amends an Act further providing for the applicability of realty transfer tax exclusion provisions; and imposing a duty on the Department of Revenue to refund certain realty transfer taxes paid.Governor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 1538 (White) – Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) adding provisions for law enforcement activities by providing for release of law enforcement officer information when firearm discharged or use of force.“While I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Commonwealth’s police officers, government works best when trust and openness exist between citizens and their government, and as such, I cannot sign into law a policy that will enshrine the withholding of information in the public interest,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These situations in particular – when law enforcement uses deadly force – demand utmost transparency, otherwise a harmful mistrust will grow between police officers and the communities they protect and serve. Further, I cannot allow local police department policies to be superseded and transparency to be criminalized, as local departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public.”To view the Governor’s veto message, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Property firm boss to sell former family home

first_img29 Prenzler St will go to auction on November 27Place Estate Agents founder and CEO Damian Hackett has fond memories of exploring the bushland behind his former family home.Located at 29 Prenzler St in Upper Mount Gravatt, the house was built by his parents after the family moved down from North Queensland many years ago. Damian Hackett is CEO of Place. Pic Darren England.Property records show the Hackett’s sold the 1893sq m property back in 2000, and the current owners have undertaken extensive renovations of the original five bedroom residence.And while it has been a long time since Mr Hackett has walked its corridors, life has now gone full circle.The franchise that he launched in 2002 has now been tasked with selling it for the same owners who bought it off his own parents almost 20 years ago. The house built by Damian Hackett’s parents has been fully renovated“Our family moved down from North Queensland when I was four-years-old,” Mr Hackett said. “They bought the block of land in Upper Mount Gravatt where they built our family home.“A renowned architect at the time had designed the property.“We spent a lot of time as kids exploring the reserve as it backs onto bushland.“The home has undergone a massive renovation since we lived there. It is almost unrecognisable.” The property is being marketed by husband and wife duo, Simon Caulfield and Courtney Maguire, of Place Kangaroo Point. It sits on a large, elevated, double block close to the Griffith University campuses, hospitals, Westfield Garden City, and has direct access to the Toohey Forest Reserve.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoFeatures include a manicured flat lawn and established, landscaped gardens, a pool and a north-south facing tennis court. There is also a separate media or formal lounge room, five bedrooms, including the majestic master bedroom with its large walk-in robe and luxury ensuite, and a second master bedroom or guest suite. Inside, the house has been extensively renovated while retaining some of the home’s original features.It has soaring ceilings and double height voids, a statement kitchen with a marble island benchtop, designer appliances and an enormous butler’s pantry, several living and dining spaces, and a formal lounge room. The property will go under the hammer at 6pm on November 27.last_img read more

Atletico seek home comforts in new stadium debut

first_img0Shares0000Construction work will continue even after matches begin to be held at Atletico Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENMADRID, Spain, Sep 15 – Atletico Madrid begin a fresh era on Saturday when their new Sh38bn ($370m) home opens with the visit of Malaga to the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Simeone’s side have been forced to play their first four games of the season away as the finishing touches were made to the 68,000-capacity venue, nearly 20 kilometres north-east from their old Vicente Calderon stadium. Work will continue outside the ground for much of the rest of the season with access roads still to be completed, forcing Atletico to launch a marketing campaign this week encouraging as many fans as possible to access the remote location close to the city’s airport by public transport.“The people at the club are worried that the atmosphere is good and that everything goes perfectly, but perfection doesn’t exist,” said Simeone, after showing his commitment to Atletico’s future by extending his contract to 2020.“It will take months for everything to take shape. When you build a house, there are problems with the bathroom, or the air conditioning, or the heating, you need a plumber or you have an argument with the architect.“In a stadium of this size, of course we’ll have those issues, but above all outside the ground.”Inside it is a different story with an immaculate pitch laid last week the final touch.The stands hug the touchline on all four sides of the ground, much to Simeone’s delight, despite the initial construction on the stadium being done with an eye to Madrid’s failed bid to host the 2020 Olympics.“The stadium, the stands, the seats, it is all marvellous,” added Simeone.“Imagining the Atletico fans here and knowing them well, this will be a pressure cooker because the fans are glued to the pitch.“It generates hope and enthusiasm and when there is hope and enthusiasm, good things always happen.”Atletico have held up well under the strain of playing away as they remain unbeaten this season and should have comfortably won a 0-0 draw at Roma in their Champions League opener on Wednesday but for a series of wasted opportunities.Antoine Griezmann returns from his two-game domestic suspension, whilst Atletico couldn’t have hoped for a more amenable guest as Malaga travel to the Spanish capital without a point from their opening three games and with coach Michel fighting for his job.– Real Ronaldo-less –Like Atletico, Real Madrid have taken just five points from their first three games, but in very different circumstances after disappointing home draws against Valencia and Levante.Coach Zinedine Zidane also has a lack of strikers to choose from for the trip to Real Sociedad — who top the table alongside Barcelona — on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo serves the final game of his five-match domestic ban, while Karim Benzema is out with a hamstring injury.Zidane lamented Real’s failure to replace the departed Alvaro Morata in the transfer market this week, particularly in the absence of Ronaldo, who showed what Real have been missing by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.“He is a key player for us, he is always scoring goals,” said Zidane.“We’ll be without him again on Sunday and I hope it is for the last game this season.”Elsewhere, Barcelona will be expected to keep their fine run of form rolling with a fifth consecutive win when the visit newly-promoted Getafe on Saturday.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayEibar v Leganes (1900)SaturdayLevante v Valencia (1100), Getafe v Barcelona (1415), Real Betis v Deportivo la Coruna (1630), Atletico Madrid v Malaga (1845)SundayAlaves v Villarreal (1000), Girona v Sevilla (1415), Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao (1630), Real Sociedad v Real Madrid (1845)MondayEspanyol v Celta Vigo (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more