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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 04, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Bill Signing Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed the following bills into law:Act 145 (Farry) – Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law, amending the title; & providing for eligibility of firemen of airport authorities, firemen employed by Commonwealth & EMS personnel of cities.Act 146 (Boback) – Amends Title 40 (Insurance), in regulation of insurers and related persons generally, providing for retroactive denial of reimbursements.Act 147 (Miccareli) – Amends the act entitled “An act to establish a Board of Wardens for the port of Philadelphia, & for the regulation of pilots & pilotages, & for other purposes therein mentioned,” further providing for fees.Act 148 (Miccareli) – Amends act entitled “A further supplement to an act, entitled ‘An act to establish a board of wardens for the port of Philadelphia’ & for regulating the rates of pilotages & number of pilots” providing for rates & charges.Act 149 (Gabler) – Act providing for student protection during the transition of a postsecondary education institution to new accreditation.Act 150 (Folmer) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in consolidated collection of local income taxes, providing for the definition of “farming” & further providing for declaration & payment of income taxesAct 151 (Raferty) – Amends the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act, in general provisions; for defs.; in TRID creation & location; TRID planning study; land development powers; for development or redevelopment; for public meeting.Act 152 (Argall) – Amends Recorder of Deeds Fee Law authorizing an additional fee to be imposed and used for demolition; and making an editorial change.Act 153 (Vance) – Amends the Public Welfare Code, in human services block grant pilot program, for defs.; for human services block grant, for powers & duties, for allocation, use of funds, appeals, limitations & construction & editorial changes.Act 154 (Blake) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in general provisions, further providing for definitions.Act 155 (Hutchinson) – Amends the Second Class County Code, in fiscal affairs, further providing for limits on counties of the second class.Act 156 (Hutchinson) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities), in consolidated county assessment, further providing for limitation on tax increase after countywide reassessment.Act 157 (Browne) – Amends CPA Law further providing for defs., for requirements for issuance of certificate, for certificates issued by domestic reciprocity, for licenses to practice & licensing of firms and for peer review.Act 158 (Rafferty) – Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in burglary and other criminal intrusions, further providing for burglary; and, in sentencing, providing for sentencing for burglary.Act 159 (Mensch) – Act designating a portion of State Route 663 in Montgomery County as the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway; various other road & bridge designations.Act 160 (Baker) – Amends Underground Utility Line Protection Law further providing for expiration.Act 161 (White) – Amends an Act further providing for electronic funds transfers; providing for defs.; for consumer protections; payroll card accounts; and making editorial changes.Act 162 (Wagner) – Amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), in creation, alteration & termination of condominiums, for amendment of declaration; in cooperatives, for amendment of declaration; &, in planned communities, for amendment of declarationGovernor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 245 PN 4110 (Dunbar) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in local taxes, further providing for defs., payroll tax, payment of tax, and withholding tax; for tax collection committees, powers of DCED, for penalties & costs of collection, local services & taxes.View Governor Wolf’s veto message below: Governor Wolf Acts on Legislationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Antigua has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda.“While it is not normal to release the content of its diplomatic communications with other governments, the State Department has publicly released its comments on Antigua and Barbuda and posted its report on the Internet,” said an Antigua government statement which added that a response was needed “lest not controverting them is construed as acceptance.”The statement noted a section of the US report concerning investigations into the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, which stated  “representatives of  Odebrecht, a Brazilian international company, allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.”he Antiguan government said while an employee of the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, charged with wrong-doing and giving self-serving evidence in a U.S. Court, claimed he paid a bribe to a consular officer, and to a high-level government official in Antigua to withhold documents from Brazilian authorities who were investigating Odebrecht, the US State Department had information that discredited that claim.Antigua government was helping Brazil investigation“What is true and verifiable”, the government said, “is the Antigua and Barbuda authorities had been helping the Brazilian authorities with their investigation six months before the alleged bribery is said to have occurred, and the Brazilian law enforcement agencies officially complimented the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for its assistance.”“By withholding this information and crediting the allegations to unidentified and amorphous “media outlets”, the US Report distorts truth, tarnishes the reputation of the Prime Minister and misleads its audience, especially the members of the U.S. Congress for whom the Report is supposed to be intended”, the statement continued.PM was not bribed The Government also pointed out that: “It is also untrue that “several media outlets” reported that representatives of Odebrecht, “allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.” This is either a deliberate misrepresentation by the authors of the 2017 Report or extremely loose writing, unworthy of the U.S. State Department.  In either case, the entire passage is false and damaging and warrants an apology at the very least”.The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has sent the full content of its Diplomatic Note to the State Department to the members of the US Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate who are concerned with oversight of US foreign relations.last_img read more