October 17

Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 91 – House Bill 777, sponsored by Rep. Grove, allows for additional prescription drug assistance programs for seniors (PACE and PACENET) cardholders to retain benefits, which they would otherwise have lost as a result of Social Security cost-of-living increases.Act 92 – House Bill 1322, sponsored by Rep. Kaufer, makes various amendments to the Public Welfare Code, including changing the name of the Public Welfare Code to the Human Services Code.Act 93 – House Bill 1332, sponsored by Rep. Godshall, makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.Act 94 – House Bill 1603, sponsored by Rep. Watson, brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).Act 95 – House Bill 1735, sponsored by Rep. Maher, amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act (TPMA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers.Act 96 – House Bill 1736, sponsored by Rep. Krueger-Braneky, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (TSSAA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers and the taxes collected on cigarettes sold without a tax stamp. Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law December 28, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

December 28

Costs rise, but vet homes still on track

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The project has completed a final environmental impact report, and earlier this month the state public works board approved preliminary plans for the project and the new cost estimate. That approval allows work on the construction plans to continue. Those plans should be finished either late this year or in early 2007. “That’s a watershed moment that says you are on the path of getting that project out to bid,” Sleppy said. Supporters of the Lancaster home have worked for more than 14 years to bring the facility to the Antelope Valley. Tom Craft, a retired Navy officer and chairman of the citizens support committee for the Lancaster home, said he is disappointed that the home hasn’t been built sooner. However, he is pleased that the state has kept the project on track in recent months. “We won’t save any lives, but we will make their lives more comfortable and make life more comfortable for the spouses,” Craft said of the home. The Lancaster home will be built on a 30-acre site, donated by the city, at Avenue I and 30th Street West. The Lancaster home will be named after the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, a record-setting test pilot and a combat veteran. The homes in Lancaster and in Saticoy will each have 60 beds and adult day-care centers capable of handling 50 clients. Those two homes will have the same floor plan – two residential wings, the 50-person adult day-care wing, and a services and administration wing surrounding a center courtyard. At 60 beds, the Lancaster home is much smaller than the original 400 beds envisioned in the mid-1990s, before years of delays. The design for the home will be done to allow for expansion if there is a demand for it and there is money to finance it. The West Los Angeles home will have convalescent hospital wards for veterans, including a ward for veterans with dementia, plus suites for veterans who don’t need hospital care. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A project to build three veterans homes, including a long-awaited one in Lancaster, remains on track for a 2007 groundbreaking, but cost estimates have risen by $34.7 million. Increased construction costs have upped the latest estimate for the project to $263.8 million. Two-thirds of the construction costs are to be picked up by the federal government with the rest picked up by the state. “We’re all concerned with the costs, but we’re within our federal and state budget authority,” said Robert Sleppy, chief of the environmental services section of the state’s Department of General Services. Plans call for construction on the three homes – one each in Lancaster, Saticoy and West Los Angeles – to begin in summer 2007. The homes in Lancaster and Saticoy are projected to be completed in December 2008, while the larger West Los Angeles home should be completed in December 2009. last_img read more