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Robert Tommy Tomlinson
New Law Restricts Robocalls in Pennsylvania
Governor Wolf recently signed a bill into law that would limit the amount of nuisance robocalls that Pennsylvania residents receive. The new law, will allow state residents to remain on the do-not-call list on a permanent basis instead of having to renew their listing every five years.
The new law also prohibits telemarketing on legal holidays and provides new options for consumers to opt-out of receiving future calls from businesses. Consumers can verify whether their number is included on the do-not-call list and learn more about how to eliminate nuisance calls at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website here.
Senate Approves New Protections for Healthcare Practitioners, Technicians
Healthcare providers have reported an uptick in the number of assaults and other dangerous situations faced in the performance of their job. The Senate recently passed a bill that would provide new protections for a broad number of healthcare practitioners and technicians by increasing the penalties for assaulting these critical personnel.
Assaults against doctors, nurses and EMTs already draw stiffer penalties under state law. This bill would extend the same protections to a broader range of health care practitioners, including social workers, pharmacists, audiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, dietitian-nutritionists, massage therapists, optometrists, podiatrists, physician assistants and respiratory therapists and ultrasound technicians.
A number of health care technicians would also be included under the bill, such as cardiac device specialists, diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiac sonographers, exercise physiologists, vascular technologists, pharmacy technicians and physical therapy aides.
More information about the bill is available here.
Landmark Election Reform Legislation Passes Senate
The Senate passed landmark legislation that will fundamentally change how Pennsylvanians are able to vote.
This major election reform measure will:
In addition to these reforms, Senate Bill 421 contains several other changes affecting our elections. The legislation also creates a permanent absentee ballot status for the disabled by eliminating a requirement to resubmit a statement to election officials every four years. In addition, Senate Bill 421 eliminates an onerous requirement for notaries to be used for candidate nomination petitions, making the ballot access process easier for candidate
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