PA-Gov: Wolf Signs First Bills, Nine Cabinet Members are Approved
Gov. Wolf held a ceremony for the signing of Act 1 (House Bill 152). The legislation extends the application period for survivors of police officers killed in the line of duty to collect death benefits.
He was joined by April Waller and Knidia Kea Coleman who have lost loved ones.
“It’s hard to imagine the pain each of these women felt, as well as the countless families across the commonwealth who have lost their loved ones, and it should be our job to ease that hurt in any way possible,” Governor Wolf said.
“House Bill 152 amends the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act to extend the application period for survivors to apply for death benefits from 90 days to four years,” according to the Governor’s press release. “The bill is retroactive in that it applies to deaths where an application for benefits was not made within 90 days of death but four years have not passed since the death occurred. The bill also adds survivors of campus police officers who die in the performance of their duties to the list of those eligible for the death benefits.”
The Governor also signed three more minor bills on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the PA Senate confirmed nine of Gov. Wolf’s cabinet nominations.
On Monday the following nominees were officially confirmed:
- Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation
- Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development
- Curt Topper, Secretary of the Department of General Services
- Major General James Joseph, Pennsylvania Adjutant General and Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
“Today’s unanimous Senate vote confirming Secretary Leslie Richards, Secretary Dennis Davin, Secretary Curt Topper and Major General James Joseph is a win for all Pennsylvanians,” Wolf stated. “These individuals are highly capable and well-respected officials with a proven track record of experience in transportation planning, economic development, cost-saving management and military service. I look forward to their leadership as we continue to move Pennsylvania forward.”
Then, on Wednesday, the Senate approved five more nominees:
- Gary Tennis, Secretary of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
- Russell Redding, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
- Katherine Manderino, Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry
- Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health
- Teresa Osborne, Secretary of the Department of Aging
“I commend the Senate for their action in unanimously confirming a contingent of my cabinet that are dedicated to the strengthening the health and well-being of families and workers across the commonwealth,” the Governor said. “Secretary Gary Tennis, Secretary Russell Redding, Secretary Katherine Manderino, Secretary Karen Murphy, and Secretary Teresa Osborne offer a wealth of experience, passion and expertise to their respective posts. They are true assets to my administration and I look forward to working with them in service to the residents of Pennsylvania.”