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Governor Wolf Vetoes Most Restrictive, Anti-Choice Bill in the Country

Governor Wolf has long been a stalwart supporter of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. So when the Republican legislature sent him

Governor Wolf has long been a stalwart supporter of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. So when the Republican legislature sent him the most restrictive anti-choice bill in the country, he immediately took action to prevent it from becoming law. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:

Gov. Wolf on Monday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would have restricted abortion rights, calling it a “vile assault on women’s ability to make their own decisions about their own health care.”

Senate Bill 3 would have banned abortions after twenty weeks and provided no exceptions for rape or incest. It also banned one of the safest methods of second trimester abortions that could be used to save the life of the mother in the case of a tragedy during pregnancy.

The bill was pushed through without input from medical or health experts. It was opposed from the state’s leading medical organizations such as the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They emphasized that women often receive an ultrasound in their 20th week that can detect life-threatening abnormalities and that this restrictive bill puts the doctor-patient relationship in jeopardy.

Governor Wolf was unequivocal in his condemnation of this bill, which not only attempted to take crucial health care decisions out of the hands of women but also threatened the health of the mothers. At a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday, he declared, “Make no mistake about it. Senate Bill 3 is an attack on women. It’s an attack on their health, their freedom, their choice, their liberties.”

The Governor was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Commissioner Deborah Minkoff of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Executive Director La’Tasha D. Mayes of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, and Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt. The speakers praised the Governor’s decision to veto SB3 and his efforts to protect women’s reproductive rights.

At a time when Republicans in Washington and the State House are launching assault after assault on women’s reproductive rights, Governor Wolf has never been stronger in his commitment to standing up against the Republicans and fighting for the rights of the women of Pennsylvania.

 

Governor Wolf Highlights Growth of Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Sector

Governor Wolf visited Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County to announce legislation that will prioritize renewable solar energy in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf visited Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County to announce legislation that will prioritize renewable solar energy in Pennsylvania. This is just the latest step in Governor Wolf’s commitment to making Pennsylvania an energy leader.

“We’re making sure the benefits of increased renewable jobs, a cleaner environment, and a growing renewable economy is going to be felt right here in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf

According to Philly.com:

Gov. Wolf on Monday lauded a change to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act that prohibits out-of-state solar power from qualifying for renewable-energy credits. The change, included in an omnibus bill signed into law Oct. 30, is intended to lift Pennsylvania’s solar industry, and give a boost to owners of solar systems.

Standing in front of the largest solar array on a college campus in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf announced that the newly-signed legislation prioritizes solar power produced in Pennsylvania and will expand the credits for Pennsylvania-based solar arrays.

Lancaster Newspapers explains:

Currently, 26 percent of the solar renewable energy used in Pennsylvania is generated from outside the state’s borders.

That has resulted in a glut of solar power from out of state being offered for sale through credits. The new legislation still allows solar energy to be purchased from out of state but it cannot earn credits.

The hope is that the new in-state credit restriction will pump up the monetary value of credits for Pennsylvania-produced solar and, in turn, increase the incentive to build more solar projects and equipment in the state.

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the world. The legislation helps Pennsylvania be a leader in this industry and will promote environmental conservation and the construction of new solar energy resources throughout the commonwealth. It also means that solar power generated in Pennsylvania is being used right here in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf Talks Community In Visit to Bristol

Gov. Wolf joined Representative John Galloway on a visit to Bristol Wharf last week to congratulate the people of Bristol Borough on their dedication to

Gov. Wolf joined Representative John Galloway on a visit to Bristol Wharf last week to congratulate the people of Bristol Borough on their dedication to building up their community.

Gov. Wolf recognizes the difference that the passion and spirit of community organizing can make in transforming an area’s economy. He noted, “I was a business owner in York, Pennsylvania, trying to make my community like this, to try to develop it, to try to get people in York to be proud. You’ve done that here.”

According to the Bucks County Courier Times,

“Gov. Tom Wolf sang the borough’s praises before a small crowd Thursday at the Bristol Wharf, which he cited as just one of the community’s recent successes.”

Most recently, Bristol Borough became the season two winner of the Small Business Revolution– an eight-part national TV series on Hulu that included thousands of communities. Their prize was a $500,000 revitalization package which includes grants, publicity, and advice through small-business experts.

The governor and Rep. John Calloway attributed Bristol’s success directly to the passion that the borough residents have for their community. The campaign to win the Small Business Revolution was led by the borough’s economic development committee called Raising the Bar, which is devoted to strengthening the town’s revitalization efforts by organizing community cleanups and larger projects such as the Center for the Arts, Mill Street Crossing, and facade improvements in the business district.

The governor also toured the new municipal pier and 250-foot docks, which were made possible in part by a $700,000 grant from the state. The docks have been an enormous success, attracting visitors to the shops, restaurants, and entertainment that are make up the Mill Street commercial area.