Gov. Wolf Signs First Responders
Bill, Other Legislation
– Governor Tom Wolf signed several bills into law today including HB 1459,
which establishes a mental wellness and stress management program for
emergency responders who experience post-traumatic stress injuries or
traumatic brain injuries on the job. The legislature passed the bill
COVID-19 emergency has been another reminder of how all of us depend on
first responders during a crisis,” said Gov. Wolf. “First responders face
traumatic situations on the job that can have lasting consequences and this
new program gives them access to the help they need. It is the right thing to
do and I’m proud to sign the legislation.”
for first responders under the bill includes peer-to-peer programs,
training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and
regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training,
and support for nonprofit organizations offering the services.
that some groups are more likely to suffer from serious mental health
issues and suicide,” said Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “Our first responders are
in that category. We must do more to protect our heroes and I am grateful
to the governor for his support of these efforts.”
governor also signed into law today:
which strengthens state law to make an assault on a corrections employee at
a local, county or state facility a felony of the second degree. It is a
felony of the first degree if a weapon likely to cause serious injury is
used. The bill also establishes a third-degree felony if a law enforcement
officer or correctional facility employees engages in a sexual act with an
inmate or detainee.
943, which is intended to
improve transparency and reduce prescription drug costs by ensuring that
pharmacies and pharmacists may inform customers about lower priced
alternatives, including generic medications. The bill prohibits pharmacy
benefit managers and pharmacy services administration organizations from
restricting these discussions.
requires student athletes and parents to receive information each school
year about sudden cardiac arrest and electrocardiogram (EKG) testing to
detect underlying heart conditions. The bill requires students and parents
to sign an informational sheet before students participate in athletic
expands the use of a secure power of attorney for the transfer of vehicles
by licensed dealers and insurers including the use of electronic signature
and extends the time period during which a limited power of attorney may be
used for the sale, purchase or transfer of manufactured homes during a
672, which amends the act of
February 13, 1970 (P.L. 19, No.10), entitled “An act enabling certain
minors to consent to medical, dental and health services, declaring consent
unnecessary under certain circumstance.” Specifically, the bill amends the
provisions relating to consent for voluntary inpatient and outpatient
mental health treatment for minors.
establishes a local resource manufacturing tax credit and exempts transfers
of real estate to or by a volunteer EMS company, volunteer fire company or
volunteer rescue company from real estate transfer tax.
which amends the Tax Reform Code of 1971 concerning the City Revitalization
and Improvement Zones program and the Rural Jobs and Investment tax credit
2455, which requires the
governor and Department of Health to submit information to the legislature
about COVID-19 testing.
2484, which increases the cap
on the percentage of the value of assets held by or for an electing charity
from 7 percent to 10 percent for fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022. The bill
adds a new provision regarding nonjudicial
which enacts the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; providing for user direction and agreements, for
disclosure of digital assets and electronic communications, for functions
of fiduciaries and for compliance and immunity for custodians of digital
assets and electronic communications; and making conforming amendments.
provides the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shall independently
validate documentation of veteran status and immediately issue a driver’s
license or identification card displaying veteran designation without
submitting the documentation to the Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs for review and approval.
which gives school districts the option during the 2020-21 school year to
extend the real estate property tax discount period, waive penalties for
late payments or both.
which provides for delegation of taxing powers and restrictions thereon and
for tax limitations.