Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors

April 23, 2018

Tierne’s Law

On Monday, Governor Wolf signed SB 449, also known as Tierne’s Law, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta. This act amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and clarifies judges’ use of risk assessment tools when setting bail amounts to determine whether the perpetrators of domestic violence pose a continued danger to their victims.

“We all know the tragic story that led us to take a hard look at our laws, and make this change,” Governor Wolf said. “We mourn Tierne’s loss with her family, and while we can never fix what they’ve had to go through, Tierne’s law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes.

By signing Tierne’s Law, Governor Wolf builds on his support for victims of domestic violence. On April 6, the governor asked State House leaders and committee chairs to send him a package of domestic violence reform bills that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.

“I urge the House to pass a package of domestic violence bills, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns,” said Governor Wolf. “We know that many domestic abusers use firearms to harm their victims, as was the case with Tierne, who died from a gunshot wound inflicted by her abuser spouse.”

Workforce Development

Governor Wolf announced new funding for the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center to help with the creation of two new welding training programs in Bedford and Somerset counties. These programs will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce which will inevitably help the companies succeed and grow in a rapidly-evolving economy.

This investment builds on the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday Governor Wolf announced that his administration has helped more than 2,000 companies train their existing workforces. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the incumbent worker training program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration. Additionally, on Thursday the governor announced his commitment to helping youth and young adults receive the work experience they need to succeed in college by announcing funding for local summer internship programs throughout Pennsylvania.

Seniors

On Friday, Governor Wolf announced that 41 senior centers across the commonwealth would receive grants from the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

“Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.”

See a complete list of grant recipients.

Governor Wolf’s Week, April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Monday, 4/16/18

Tuesday, 4/17/18

Wednesday, 4/18/18

Thursday, 4/19/18

Friday, 4/20/18

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