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6/28/2017

Governor Wolf Signs Animal Cruelty Prevention Bill
 
Governor Tom Wolf today signed the animal cruelty prevention bill at a public celebration surrounded by advocates and members of the legislature. Act 10, House Bill 1238, was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, and updates and clarifies the existing animals abuse statutes and increases the penalties for abusing animals.
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6/27/2017

State Agencies Recognize Pennsylvania's 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
 
Today, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will join Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); Nick Semon, President of PA Green & Healthy Schools Partnership (PAGHSP); John Armstead, EPA Region 3 Deputy Regional Administrator; lawmakers and other stakeholders to recognized Pennsylvania's 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).
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6/27/2017

Agriculture, Aging Secretaries Join York Chef for Cooking Demo Featuring Fresh Pennsylvania Produce Eligible for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers
 
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne joined Chef Andrew Barnes today at York Central Market House, learning to prepare dishes eligible seniors can make with fresh, Pennsylvania-grown produce purchased through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program is part of the Wolf Administration's strategy for a hunger-free Pennsylvania.
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6/22/2017

Auditor General DePasquale Says Penn State Shows Some Progress Since Sandusky Scandal; Background Checks Still Missing, Tuition Growth Outrageous
 
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that a recent audit of The Pennsylvania State University shows the school made some progress since the Sandusky scandal, but the state-related institution needs to improve campus security, prioritize Pennsylvania students and be subject to open records law.
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6/21/2017

Governor Wolf Signs HB 202 Into Law
 
Governor Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 202, known as Act 6, into law. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, amends the Public School Code to allow students in career and technology education (CTE) to demonstrate proficiency and readiness for high school graduation in an alternative pathway, and removes the statutory requirement for the Keystone Exam on that student population.
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6/20/2017

Department of Health Releases 12 Medical Marijuana Permits for Growers/Processors
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released information on the issuance of 12 permits for medical marijuana growers/processors in the state. The permittees will now have six months in which to become operational before they can begin growing medical marijuana. Entities receiving permits were notified by mail.
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6/19/2017

Code R.E.D. Enforcement Efforts by State Police, Agriculture Experts Help to Ensure Safe Food Transport
 
Harrisburg, PA - A partnership between Pennsylvania State Police and food safety inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is helping to ensure the safety of foods while on the road, especially during the summer months, according to state officials who today announced the start of a special annual enforcement effort.
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6/16/2017

With Deficit Looming, Agriculture Secretary, Lawmakers Outline Proposal to Strengthen, Modernize Protections for Dogs, Public
 
During a visit to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today warned that the fund which helps Pennsylvania to protect the well-being of dogs, as well as members of the public from dangerous dogs, will run out of money in the next year without reforms that will modernize operations and raise revenues.
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6/16/2017

Governor Wolf Takes Father's Day Pledge to End Gender Violence
 
Governor Tom Wolf today is urging Pennsylvanians to join him in taking the Father's Day Pledge to end gender violence. Governor Wolf is joining the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, along with other elected officials and men across Pennsylvania, to commit to never use violence in relationships, speak up, support work to end gender violence, and be a mentor to younger men.
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6/15/2017

Pennsylvania a Leader on National Investigation into Marketing and Sale of Opioid Drugs
 
Attorney General Josh Shapiro is working with a bipartisan coalition of a majority of Attorneys General from across the country in an ongoing investigation to evaluate whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.
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6/13/2017

Innovative Paving Pilot Underway Due to Wolf Administration's 'Road MaP' Initiative
 
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials today discussed an innovative paving method being deployed for the first time in Armstrong County to improve nearly five miles of rural roadway.
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6/13/2017

Agriculture Secretary Expresses Concern Over Potential Impacts to Industry Under House-Approved Budget Plan
 
Proposed funding reductions could lead to fewer positions, fewer services to support agriculture, food safety, conservation programs.
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6/12/2017

Governor Wolf Signs Pension Reform Bill into Law
 
Today with a full house at the Capitol Rotunda as a backdrop, Governor Tom Wolf joined bipartisan leaders and members of the General Assembly to sign Senate Bill 1, the pension reform compromise bill.
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6/8/2017

Governor Wolf Applauds Hundreds of Jobs Coming to Somerset County, Region
 
Governor Tom Wolf today attended the opening of Corsa Coal's Acosta mine in Jenner Township, Somerset County, that will produce fuel for manufacturing and lead to hundreds of new jobs headed to the region, directly and indirectly.
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6/8/2017

Governor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street Fees
 
Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the bipartisan support and final passage of Senate Bill 1, the pension reform compromise bill, which now heads to his desk for his signature: 'The passage of Senate Bill 1 is an example of how Harrisburg can come together to make progress on issues that matter to the people of Pennsylvania. The collaborative and cooperative process that led to consensus is a byproduct of both Republicans and Democrats working with my administration to achieve significant reform.
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