Wolf opioid executive orders add fuel to political fire of workers comp bill

Wolf opioid executive orders add fuel to political fire of workers comp bill

On the eve of deciding whether to sign or veto a bill that restricts workers’ compensation in the name of fighting quackery and opioids, Governor Tom Wolf announced a slew of executive orders to reform how injured workers heal.

“Pennsylvania’s injured workers must have access to reliable, safe, and effective prescription drugs that assist their recovery and ability to re-enter the workforce, while keeping in mind the need to safely and appropriately prescribe all medications, including and especially opioids,” Wolf said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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
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While new system set to save millions, Senators still question past of statewide emergency radio project

While new system set to save millions, Senators still question past of statewide emergency radio project

A group of Senators gathered Monday morning to resolve lingering questions on the cost and a possible audit of the state’s emergency response radio system.

The current project, P25, is just the latest iteration of an ongoing program since 1996 to connect every policeman, firefighter and other first responders across a unified communication grid.

Monday, March 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Two federal courts, including Supreme Court, deny Republican challenge to state court-imposed congressional map

Two federal courts, including Supreme Court, deny Republican challenge to state court-imposed congressional map

Both a US District Court and the US Supreme Court denied a a request by various Pennsylvania Republicans Monday to delay the implementation of Pennsylvania’s new court drawn congressional map.

Monday, March 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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