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

Bahamas budget deficit estimated at $500 million

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Bahamas budget deficit estimated at $500 million by: – May 23, 2012 48 Views   no discussions Bradlet Roberts. Photo credit: thenassauguardian.comNASSAU, Bahamas — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts revealed on Monday that the incoming Christie administration in The Bahamas has met a budget deficit of around $500 million, and said he would be ‘shocked’ if criminal charges are not brought after an investigation into the management of public funds by the previous government.Asked about this figure on Monday, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie told The Nassau Guardian he was not sure of the figure that his team had come up with as he was busy preparing the Speech from the Throne.He suggested that The Guardian speak to Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis.However, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis confirmed the figure when he spoke to The Nassau Guardian on Monday.Davis blamed the Free National Movement (FNM) government’s “mismanagement” and “abuse” of the public purse.Davis, who is the minister of works and urban development, also said the PLP administration has launched an investigation into the former government’s management of public funds and added that criminal charges may follow.“Now that we’re in, and looking at what the true facts are, we are definitely approaching the $500 million deficit range,” he said after a swearing in ceremony for 10 senators.“We are doing our investigations with a view to see if we ought to prosecute someone for the abuse that has taken place with the public purse.”When asked who could face prosecution, Davis said, “Once we find where the trail ends and where the buck stops that will be the person.”Davis added that the Christie administration will likely have to borrow a little over $500 million in the 2012/2013 fiscal year as a result of the previous administration’s spending and to make good on the new government’s pledges to the Bahamian people.Roberts made the same declaration when he spoke to The Nassau Guardian after an appearance on the More 94.9 FM program “Real Talk Live” with Ortland Bodie, where he originally made the revelations.The borrowing would add to the national debt, which is currently hovering at just over $4 billion.Davis told The Guardian, “We will have to borrow that and borrow additional funds to be able to implement some of our initiatives and programs.”He claimed the high deficit is the result of the Ingraham administration’s negligence and bad planning.“The deficit, there is no doubt in my mind, is due to mismanagement, politics and priorities,” he said.Roberts said that several programs launched by the FNM administration, such as Self Starter and Jump Start, were election ploys that went over budget.“The budget on the jobs program was $25 million. I understand that will exceed or closely exceed $50 million,” he said.“The Jump Start program has also gone through the roof, I’m advised. They spent more money than was budgeted.”“The full details of it are all going to come out in due course. The way I understand some of those were implemented, my God, it will make all Bahamians sick to their stomach.“Some people never even reported to work and were getting paid. Some people would go to work and sit around doing nothing. Some of those jobs were only given out a day before the election, some on the election [day].”Davis could not confirm if these programs were indeed over budget, but said he too thinks they were election ploys.Three weeks before the May 7 election, Christie, who at the time was leader of the opposition, said the PLP would likely have to borrow at least $300 million in order to finance the country’s capital expenditure commitments if it was elected to office.By Taneka ThompsonNassau Guardian Senior Reporterlast_img read more