Governor Wolf Honors Victims’ Rights Boost with Ceremonial Bill Signing

first_imgGovernor Wolf Honors Victims’ Rights Boost with Ceremonial Bill Signing Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills that will expand protections and support for crime victims. He was joined by Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, legislators and advocates at the ceremonial bill signing. Gov. Wolf first signed the bills on June 28.“We’re here today to recognize a successful joint effort at bringing a package of bills across the finish line that will help ensure Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system supports victims,” Gov. Wolf said.The bills include:• House Bill 315, which criminalizes female genital mutilation by making it a first-degree felony.• House Bill 502, which amends the Crime Victims Act to allow the victim to be present in any criminal proceeding unless the court determines the victim’s own testimony would be altered by hearing other witnesses.• House Bill 504, which prevents prosecutors from bringing up the victim’s sexual history or prior allegations of sexual abuse while prosecuting certain crimes.• Senate Bill 399, which makes updates to the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, including requiring the Pennsylvania State Police to create procedures for anonymous victims and establishing timelines for submitting, testing, and storing rape kits.• Senate Bill 469, which establishes procedures protecting victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, including allowing for testimony and questioning to take place outside of a courtroom.• Senate Bill 479, which expands the list of crimes for which an out-of-court statement made by a child under 12 can be used.“This legislative session has been unprecedented and historic in its passage of laws that seek to protect crime victims in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Jennifer Storm said.“These bills will make it easier for prosecutors to pursue justice by eliminating some of the deterrents that are keeping victims from speaking out,” Gov. Wolf said. “Victims have been through enough. They deserve the most support we can possible give them.” July 15, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Only 1 in 3 new tanks delivered to German armed forces operational

first_imgLondon best pest control According to the report in response to a parliamentary enquiry by the left party (Die Linke), the quality of delivery could “still be improved” particularly regarding the A400M transport aircraft and the Puma infantry fighting vehicle. Only 27 of the 71 Puma tanks delivered last year are operational and only four out of eight new A400M aircrafts are airworthy.“We are still seeing the industry in the duty to fulfil the stipulated services as quickly as possible,” said parliamentary state secretary Peter Tauber in response to the enquiry by Matthias Hoehn, member of parliament of Die Linke.Operational readiness of the new military equipment is well below the average of all 53 main weapon systems that are available to the German military. The latest internal investigation from February 2018 shows that over half of these older weapon systems are operational. The goal of the Bundeswehr is to keep 70 percent of its weapon systems ready for deployment.Defense minister Ursula von der Leyen announced a major reform of Germany’s armed forced shortly after she took office and seeks to significantly improve the operational readiness of the German military’s equipment. According to left party member Hoehn, von der Leyen would not live up to her own expectations. “It is a scandal if Ms. von der Leyen allows this billion-dollar botch by the arms industry at the taxpayer’s expenses.”On Wednesday, von der Leyen visited a German field camp near the Oslo-Gardermoen airport which is part of the multinational NATO maneuver “Trident Juncture” currently taking place in Norway. During the NATO operation, Germany deploys the second largest contingent of troops after the United States with about 8,000 soldiers. In addition, almost 100 tanks and several ships of the German navy are taking part in the “Trident Juncture” maneuver in the Scandinavian country. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel one day after state elections during a party leadership meeting in Berlin, Germany, March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Benschcenter_img Only 38 of the 97 heavy military equipment newly delivered to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in 2017 can currently be used, according to an official report by the ministry of defense seen by the German press agency (dpa) on Wednesday.last_img read more