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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Bill, Provisions Would Risk Spreading COVID-19

first_imgGov. Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Bill, Provisions Would Risk Spreading COVID-19 September 21, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 2787, which would have mandated that school fall activities be under the sole jurisdiction of local school districts. This bill is superfluous given that local school governing bodies already have authority but it restricts state and local officials’ ability to respond to health concerns and potential outbreaks as we enter this year’s particularly risky flu season.The bill would have done nothing more than create legislation for something that already exists. Instead of drafting bills such as this the legislature should be focused on bills that protect the health and safety of our children in their learning environments, minimize exposure to COVID-19 and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.Gov. Wolf’s HB 2787 veto message:“We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to promote public health or ensure that our children have a safe learning environment. As we reopen our schools, we need to continue to be vigilant and take precautions to keep ourselves, our communities, and our children healthy. These mitigation efforts not only help keep our children, teachers, and staff healthy, they also help keep our schools open.“This bill is entirely unnecessary. While I recommended against holding school sports before January 2021, it was a recommendation and neither an order nor a mandate. Local school governing bodies have maintained the authority to decide how extracurricular activities, including school sports, proceed at the local level. Furthermore, to the extent COVID-19 cases may rise and spread during the fall and through the upcoming cold and flu season, the Department of Health must maintain the critical authority to limit exposure to COVID-19. Minimizing this exposure is paramount.“This bill also has constitutional infirmities as it attempts to take away executive authority during the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of unnecessary legislation, we need to focus on providing schools the tools and resources they need to be successful in educating our children and we need to help people impacted by the pandemic with legislation such as funding for small businesses and child care, and paid sick leave for employees.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents

first_img Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Marcello Minenna, the new Director-General of Italy’s Custom and Monopolies Agency (ADM), has issued his first public statement to licensed gambling incumbents.Appointed during national lockdown, Minenna takes charge of the agency governing Italian gambling. In his address, Minenna announced that the ADM would imminently move to form a new taskforce with the Carabinieri (federal police) targeting illegal gambling businesses.“It is clear that there could be a flow of operational moves towards illegal operators,” he said. “Restarting the official network is a must for us, even if it is clear that it will take time for the sector to return to normal.”Recognised as a key appointment by the Giuseppe Conte government, Minenna has been charged with restructuring the ADM’s oversight of the gambling sector, focusing on eradicating corruption.2019 saw the ADM come under political criticism following the damning revelations of Italy’s anti-mafia ‘Glassia Investigation’ which seized over + €1 billion in illegal gambling assets and bank accounts to assist money laundering, stolen consumer data, tax evasion and further black-market activities.Glassia ramifications saw the government order the Italian Treasury to overhaul the ADM’s monitoring of the gambling sector, as parliament stated that the ‘agency’s trademark had been tainted’ by systemic failures leading to Italy’s biggest-ever AML scandal.Publishing its ‘Fiscal Decree‘ order last October, the newly installed 5Star-DP coalition government-sanctioned new enforcement focusing the ADM on monitoring the financial transactions of licensed operators.New controls saw the ADM enforce a fiscal registry on all licensed incumbents to monitor player transactions, in addition to it being granted direct powers to freeze all operator bank accounts deemed non-compliant.Elsewhere, Minenna stated that the ADM would maintain the government’s objective to shrink the marketplace by 2023 by reducing the number of authorised gambling operators for retail and digital disciplines.With regards to renewing licensing concessions for bingo halls, betting shops and gaming machines, Minenna said that the agency would be led by Parliament’s orders.He confirmed: “That is Government and Parliament decision. They will make their own assessment on how to restart, renew or extend the different types of gaming concessions that will come into force.”last_img read more

Lady Michigan Offers Fall Cruises

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAndrew Augustyn of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary joined WBKB News inside the studio this morning where he discussed the upcoming fall cruses being offered by the Lady Michigan. Augustyn also talked about how he cleans the glass bottom boat by diving and revealed some unique hats that were recycled and made just for NOAA. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Lady Michigan, NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Posen Gears Up For 66th Annual Potato FestivalNext Get Into Your Sanctuary: Diving In A Natural Habitat Ep.2last_img read more