Weekly Update: Offering Health Care Solutions, Supporting Medical Marijuana Patients, and Ensuring Public Safety
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
February 26, 2018
Last week, Governor Wolf joined with the governors of Colorado, Ohio, Alaska, and Nevada to lay out a bipartisan plan to improve our nation’s health system performance.
“I am pleased to join with my fellow governors to demonstrate how state efforts can be effective at streamlining regulations and cutting Medicaid costs, while ensuring there is still a competitive insurance market,” Governor Wolf said. “My commitment has always been to put Pennsylvania’s residents first, and make sure consumers who need vital, at times life-saving health care, can get it.”
AGRiMED Industries in Carmichaels, Greene County, become the 11th grower/processor approved to begin operation on Thursday. More than 19,600 patients have registered to participate in a medical marijuana program, 5,000 have been certified by a physician, and more than 1,300 have received medication from a dispensary. Six of the 11 dispensaries that have been approved to operate have started sales.
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 631 into law, now Act 10 of 2018, to ensure that convicted sexual offenders remain subject to registration requirements in the wake of recent court decisions impacting Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
This bill will ensure that as many as 12,000 sexual offenders remain on Pennsylvania’s registry and subject to the regulations in place at the time of their offense – either a 10-year or lifetime registration.
After the PA Supreme Court implemented a new remedial congressional map last Monday, the governor stated his attention now is on the Pennsylvania Department of State.
“Now, my focus will be on making sure the Department of State can support our counties and all candidates in the election process, particularly during the petition period. My administration will work expeditiously to update Department of State systems and ensure all processes are in place to assist candidates for Congress.”
Schools that Teach
First Lady Frances Wolf continued the Schools that Teach tour on Wednesday, visiting S.S. Palmer Elementary School in Palmerton. During her visit, she emphasized Governor Wolf’s commitment to increasing funding for public education. She met with students and teachers, toured classrooms, and was even able to read to a third-grade class that invited her and the governor to visit the school.
“I was delighted to meet with such talented and bright young people at S.S. Palmer Elementary School today,” said the First Lady. “We owe it to these students, and all students in Pennsylvania, to ensure we are giving them the resources they need to succeed. That is why investing in education from preschool through higher education has been a top priority for this administration since day one.”
Governor Wolf’s Week, February 18, 2018 – February 24, 2018
- Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Millerstown for Cabinet in Your Community Event
- Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway Foreman, Robert Gensimore
- First Lady Highlights Wolf Administration Commitment to Investing in Public Education During Visit to S.S. Palmer Elementary School
- Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Protect Victims of Sexual Abuse Crimes
- Governor Wolf Honors Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Anniversary
- Wolf Administration Celebrates Expansion of Existing Amazon Tech Hub in Pittsburgh, Creation of More Than 100 Jobs
- Wolf Administration Approves 11th Grower/Processor to Begin Operation
Highlights from Twitter
Pennsylvanians want fair and equal elections. The old gerrymandered districts were neither fair nor “correct” — Pennsylvania’s highest court found them unconstitutional. Now my administration is focused on ensuring fair and secure elections. We can’t go backwards. https://t.co/sR28PJuW4T
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 20, 2018
Ensuring that all PA schools are equipped with the tools they need to provide the best possible education to our kids is my top priority. Thank you to Frances for visiting with the students and teachers at S.S. Palmer Elementary School to reinforce my commitment. https://t.co/DpEJoFWfyC
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 21, 2018
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