16 Oct
2020

Weekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws

first_imgWeekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws February 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Congressional MapsAfter Republican legislative leaders submitted their proposed congressional map last Friday, Governor Wolf announced on Tuesday that he would reject this proposal.“Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said. “As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”Before the deadline at midnight on Thursday, Governor Wolf submitted a map to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. According to analysis by Tufts University Moon Duchin, the governor’s map exhibited no partisan skew in comparison to a billion randomly generated maps.“From the outset, I have made clear I wanted a map that was fair and removed the partisanship that Pennsylvanians have been forced to live under since the 2012 elections,” Governor Wolf said. “This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. ​“While my preference would have been for the General Assembly to send me a fair map, I believe this map sets forth a new standard of fairness.”View the full contents of the governor’s proposal here.Medical MarijuanaOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced that medical marijuana would become available on February 15 for patients at approved dispensaries across the commonwealth. To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate, 17,000 patients have registered to participate, over 700 physicians have registered to become certified practitioners, and almost 400 of those physicians have completed training.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. On Thursday, the governor offered his thanks as Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana patients received their medication.“We reached this historic day through a lot of hard work by many dedicated people at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana, and through the support of advocacy groups, the General assembly, and especially Pennsylvanians – the parents, doctors, and patients – whose tireless efforts helped make today a reality,” said Governor Wolf.“My thanks to staff and supporters, and to the more than 700 physicians who have either completed or are in the process of completing the necessary steps to certify patients. The nearly 3,000 patients with medical marijuana ID cards (with more than 17,000 registered to participate in the program) are now able to find some relief from their serious medical conditions and, for that, I am most grateful.”Government ReformOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1175 into law, now Act 2 of 2018, which underlined his commitment to change the culture of Harrisburg by making government more efficient and transparent.The new law strengthens lobbying reporting rules, including:Requiring lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically to quicken Department of State processing and provide more time for compliance efforts. Approximately 20 percent of lobbying disclosure reports are filed by paper;Increasing the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline from $50 per day to: $50 per day for the first 10 late days; $100 per day from late day 11 to 20; and $200 per late day after 20 days; andDoubling the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline from $2,000 to $4,000;Requiring the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing. The department typically posts electronically filed reports within minutes of submission.Governor Wolf’s Week, February 11 – February 17, 2018Monday, 2/12/18Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47Governor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New InvestmentsTuesday, 2/13/18Governor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered MapWolf Administration Unveils When and Where Medical Marijuana Will be Available to PatientsWednesday, 2/14/18Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Federal Representative Jon FoxGovernor Wolf Signs Stronger Lobbying Restrictions Bill into LawThursday, 2/15/18Governor Wolf Offers Thanks as Medical Marijuana Now Available in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Statement on Parkland, Florida TragedyGovernor Wolf Submits a Fairer Congressional Map to Supreme CourtFriday, 2/16/18Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West PhiladelphiaHundreds Join Wolf Administration in Erie for Cabinet in Your Community EventHighlights from The BlogPA.gov That Works: New and Improved Site SearchFebruary Jobs That Pay Update: #AmazonInPA, PA Business One-Stop Shop, 21st Century Workforce Development, and Community InvestmentsGUEST BLOG: New Online PA Business One-Stop Shop LaunchesGovernor Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map (Round-Up)Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the DogMedical Marijuana Available for Patients in Pennsylvania (Round-up)Highlights from TwitterI have made clear from the outset that I wanted a congressional map that was fair and removed from partisanship. This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. https://t.co/DELsrklJq3— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 16, 2018 Many of you have waited years for this moment. Medical marijuana is legal, safe, and now available to PA patients. Proud of the work so many have devoted to making #MMJ a reality in PA. https://t.co/bfDBbSluzt— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 13, 2018 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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6 Oct
2020

Brisbane penthouse is the one you’ve been waiting for

first_img1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion.THIS penthouse in the heart of Brisbane is the inner city home you’ve been waiting for.Never lived in before, the home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two car space home and is at The Hudson in Brisbane inner city suburb Albion.Agent David Treloar of Ray White was marketing it as perfect for the executive looking for an inner city home, or for downsizers who’ve been waiting for the right “one” to come along.With high quality fixtures and fittings plus broad views over the surrounding area and out to the city, the penthouse at 1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion, is just three train stops from Brisbane’s CBD. 1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoAhead from the main entrance is the open-plan space, with the kitchen including new Miele appliances and the living and dining area opening to the balcony.The apartment’s second bedroom also opens to the outdoor space, with walls of glass ensuring plenty of natural light and a built-in wardrobe providing ample storage. 1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion.Near this bedroom is the main bathroom, featuring a combined shower and bath, while the third bedroom is located to the rear of the apartment, also with built-in wardrobes and a wall of glass along with an ensuite. Other features of the residence include carpet and ceiling fans to all bedrooms, ducted airconditioning, two side-by-side car spaces and a large storage cage. A range of resort-style facilities are also offered at the building, including a gym, entertaining area and pool on the ground floor. 1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion.Ideal for central living and those looking to downsize, the apartment has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space with timber floors and white painted walls and a covered, tiled balcony boasting the best of the expansive urban outlook.On entry, a hallway leads left to the main bedroom where grey carpet adorns the floor and sliding glass doors open to the balcony. There is also an ensuite with a stand-alone bath positioned against a glass wall to take in the views. 1310/54 Hudson Rd, Albion.Mr Treloar said the apartment was sure to impress with its quality design and city views, along with its convenient location only three stops by train to Central Station.He said potential buyers would also be most impressed by the apartment’s low body corporate fees. “This property is perfect for executive day-to-day living or anyone that has been waiting for ‘the one’ to downsize.” Inspections are by appointment.last_img read more

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6 Oct
2020

Exclusive holiday home hits the market for everyday buyers

first_imgAnd with a pool like that, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.“We owned a couple of houses on the Gold Coast and used this home for holiday letting, it’s very popular because of the location,” said vendor Tony Halsam. “It has an east north east aspect and if you look to the right over the water you can see the Broadbeach skyline, and slightly to the left is Surfers Paradise.” A closer look at the sparkling 16.7 metre lap pool.Mr Halsam has listed the property after six years as “it’s probably the right time”.“We’ve been on the Gold Coast with the holiday homes for seven years,” Mr Halsam said. “We treat it like a business for sure, we thought after the GFC there were opportunities to buy homes at significantly lower than they sold for.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has been used exclusively for holiday letting. 155 Campbell Street, Sorrento is on the market for $2.495 million.MODERN, monochromatic palette, decadent bedrooms, a state-of-the-art CBUS home automation service and gourmet kitchen with mirror splashback.There’s also a gas fireplace, alfresco area, sparkling lap pool, lush gardens, a sandy beachfront and skyline views.Welcome to one of the Gold Coast’s most popular holiday homes.center_img The kitchen is modern and features a mirrored splashback. A spa is part of the riverfront setting.“We bought a couple of beachfront homes down in Coffs Harbour and it will be easier to manage from down this way, it’s a bit of a bind to do remotely.”Mr Halsam, who also operates other businesses including commercial and industrial properties, and his partner, financial planner Alicia Vines, also have three of four children left at home to raise.last_img read more

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23 Sep
2020

Police Blotter 03-25-2020

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16 Sep
2020

USC flips four-star QB recruit from Duke

first_imgFour-star quarterback recruit Jack Sears announced on Sunday his decision to decommit from Duke University and instead commit to play at USC in 2017. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound dual-threat decided enroll early at USC for the spring semester.“I have the utmost respect and admiration for [Duke head coach David] Cutcliffe, the entire coaching staff and Duke University,” Sears said to 247Sports. “I wish them nothing but success in the future. I am now a USC Trojan and look forward to starting classes in January.”Out of San Clemente High School — which is also redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold’s alma mater — Sears is rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 16 player out of California.With a playoff football game on Friday against Heritage High School in the CIF D-II quarterfinals, Sears could add on to his already impressive 4,572 yards, 61 touchdowns and 359 completions through the air, and 1,841 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground.It’s no surprise that after a junior season that featured 37 touchdown passes and just two interceptions, Sears received numerous offers from top programs like Florida State, Utah and Washington.Coincidentally, Sears joins fellow USC tight end Tyler Petite as the second Trojan in three years to commit to Duke and then switch commitments as signing day neared.Sears joins a stacked Southern California recruiting class that features five-star running back Stephen Carr and four-star offensive linemen Alijah Vera-Tucker and Brett Neilon.By enrolling early, Sears will be able to participate in spring and summer camps without academic hindrance.Besides Darnold, USC also has more young quarterbacks in freshmen Thomas Fitts, Matt Fink and Holden Thomas. Sears’ road to starting at USC could be challenging, but not impossible.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Saulteau to host Wellness conference

first_img¨ Don McIntyre – a painter and Lawyer.¨ DerRick Starlight – a national puppeteer.The cost to attend is $200, which includes workshops and presentations, breakfast and lunch both days, and tickets to the evening entertainment. (One ticket to Hoopen It Up Musical Extravaganza and Appetizer event, one ticket to the Wild Wild West Comedy & Dinner Evening)Registration forms can be found on-line at www.bizzybody.ca or www.neabc.ca, or by calling 250-785-1870, (or toll free, at 1-888-783-1870).Advertisement The “Walk in Balance Three” Wellness Conference is set for later this month in Fort St. John.The Saulteau first nations will host the event, at the Pomeroy Hotel, on May 26th and 27th. Featured presenters include:¨ Calvin Helin – an international author.- Advertisement -¨ Dr. Evan Adams – an actor / writer / medical doctor.¨ Bea Shawanda – a traditional healer.¨ Dallas Arcand – a world champion hoop dancer.Advertisement The dealine for registration is May 19th.last_img read more

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