Governor Wolf Signs Laws Creating Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, Keystone Tree Fund

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Signs Laws Creating Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, Keystone Tree Fund November 07, 2019center_img Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 859 to assist non-profits with safety and security measures. The legislation was requested in response to attacks against the Jewish community, including the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.“Schools and other community institutions should be a safe place for every child and resident,” said Gov. Wolf. “I thank the bipartisan efforts that helped ensure safety and security funding was available for these non-profit, community institutions where people gather and should have peace of mind.”Gov. Wolf also signed the following bills:House Bill 374, which creates the Pennsylvania Keystone Tree Fund and allows citizens to make a voluntary $3 contribution by checking a box on the PennDOT driver’s license application and renewal form. The contributions will be used to fund programs within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that use trees to help filter pollutants from waterways.House Bill 407, which creates a uniform definition for the term “blight” for legislation enacted in 1937 or later.House Bill 510, House Bill 511, and House Bill 512, which support intergovernmental agreements between local municipalities.House Bill 1085, which repeals the State Personal Property Tax Act, first enacted on June 22, 1935.Senate Bill 694, which amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act to allow for cross unit drilling for unconventional wells.last_img read more

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Year’s First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Miami-Dade Resident

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed our region’s first case of West Nile virus for the year.A resident of Miami-Dade County has been diagnosed with the locally transmitted disease, officials said on Saturday.Last year, the first case was identified in March, while the second locally acquired case was reported in August.They did not provide additional details about the patient.West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is typically spread to people through a bite from an infected mosquito.Most people who contract the West Nile virus do not feel symptoms. However, about one in five individuals develop symptoms like fever, headache, pain and fatigue.Officials advise residents to drain standing water from garbage cans, house gutters or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.In addition, they advise residents to wear long sleeves and pants, and to use repellent on bare skin and clothing.As far as infection, West Nile Virus is not spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching, or by touching live animals.The health department further explains that it is not spread by handling live or dead infected birds, although they do caution people to avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead animal.There are currently no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat the virus in people.For more information on the virus, click here.last_img read more

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