Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration while Costa presents new public health authority

Citing a baker’s dozen of policy initiatives aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic, Governor Tom Wolf signed an extension of the state’s disaster declaration Wednesday. 

The governor was joined by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), who presented a bill to create a new public health emergency declaration separate from the governor’s constitutional right to declare a disaster. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House committee renews push for local police radar law

House committee renews push for local police radar law

Get pulled over by a local police officer in Pennsylvania and you can be sure of at least one thing – you weren’t caught speeding by a radar gun.

That’s because in the Commonwealth, radar timing devices can be only used by the state police. Pennsylvania is the only state that prohibits municipal police from using radar, and Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) is the latest in a long succession of lawmakers who want that to change.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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Sec. Miller joins advocates to announce Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania

Sec. Miller joins advocates to announce Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania

On Wednesday morning Secretary of the Department of Human Services Teresa Miller, joined members of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and other advocates to work towards a safer environment for children. 

Sec. Miller also presented a proclamation from Gov. Tom Wolf that designates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

In response to opioid crisis, lawmaker tries to make state agencies more accountable

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny) introduced two bills last week that would combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth. 

The first bill, House Bill 2200, requires state agencies to report all efforts they take to implement laws regarding addiction. This information would be used to create a report submitted to the Department of State.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Tags: Opioids
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