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El Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias Bill Signing,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó hoy dos proyectos de ley: el proyecto de ley 1869 de la Cámara de Representantes permite que los miembros de la guardia nacional convocados a prestar servicio activo estén cubiertos por la Heart and Lung Act (Ley corazón y pulmones) si contraen COVID-19 mientras realizan sus deberes, y proyecto de ley 752 de la Cámara de Representantes establece que la Comisión de juego pague un valor justo de mercado por la tierra en el condado de Allegheny.El Gobernador Wolf también vetó el proyecto de ley 857 del Senado, un proyecto de ley de telemedicina que fue aprobado por el Senado por unanimidad el año pasado antes de ser enmendado para crear una versión inaceptable la semana pasada en la Cámara de Representantes.“Apoyé la versión anterior del proyecto de ley, pero tal como se modificó en la Cámara de Representantes, esta legislación restringe arbitrariamente el uso de la telemedicina para ciertas interacciones entre médicos y pacientes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Según la enmienda, este proyecto de ley interfiere con la atención médica de las mujeres y con la toma de decisiones cruciales entre los pacientes y sus médicos”.El memorándum completo del veto se puede encontrar en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Además del veto del proyecto de ley de telemedicina, el Gobernador publicó una guía sobre telesalud para todas las agencias y mencionó la importancia que tiene como una opción de prestación de atención médica durante la pandemia de COVID-19 y que corresponde a su autoridad en virtud de la Declaración de Desastre firmada a principios de marzo.Dado el potencial de transmisión generalizada de la COVID-19 en todo Pennsylvania y para limitar su propagación, muchos proveedores médicos y pacientes están ampliando el uso de la telesalud en lugar de los servicios de atención médica en persona.Hoy, el Gobernador anunció una guía para todas las agencias sobre las medidas tomadas con el fin de garantizar que los pacientes que necesitan servicios vitales de atención médica los reciban de manera oportuna y adecuada. Múltiples agencias estatales participan de la prestación de los servicios ampliados de la telesalud, incluso los departamentos de Estado, Salud, Programas para el Tratamiento del Consumo de Drogas y Alcohol, Servicios Humanos y el Departamento de Seguros.La guía, disponible en PDF aquí o en Scribd incluye:Función ampliada de los proveedoresAmpliación del reembolso por servicios de telesaludProcedimientos de intervención temprana para bebés y niños pequeños mediante telesaludTelesalud para la salud conductualTelesalud para el tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicasVer esta página en inglés. April 29, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Made Omissions on Job Application

first_imgScott Israel, the suspended Broward sheriff who is running to reclaim the position, is now answering questions about his omissions in a past job application.Israel appears to have omitted details from an application completed while applying for the job of North Bay Village police chief in 2004, after serving as a Fort Lauderdale police officer since 1979.His leading opponent, Sheriff Gregory Tony, was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January 2019 to replace Israel.Tony, who was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to replace Israel in Jan. 2019, recently faced scrutiny as well, regarding issues such as his decision not to disclose his experimenting with LSD and a juvenile arrest on a murder charge in Philadelphia, for which he was later found not guiltyMeanwhile, Israel’s 2004 application was part of a background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He wrote on the application that he had never been named as a defendant in a lawsuit and never had a lien against him.However, Israel had actually been named in two foreclosure actions, as well as twice as a named defendant in lawsuits against the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Both foreclosure actions involved the same property. Israel was never served with a notice in the first one, according to records.“In the mid-1980s, Sheriff Israel lent money to a friend to buy a condo and co-signed the mortgage for him,” Israel campaign consultant Amy Rose explained in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His name was not on the title.She added, “Sheriff Israel never owned the property or lived in it. … It became apparent that Sheriff Israel and the Homeowners Association were only named as defendants to wipe out their interest in the property.”Please see a note from Sheriff Gregory Tony below. pic.twitter.com/0Q1BQR8Gia— Sheriff Gregory Tony 2020 (@sherifftony2020) May 3, 2020 As far as the police lawsuits, Israel again said he was never served and was unaware that he was sued.“During the time period these suits were filed [in the 1980s] Sheriff Israel worked as an undercover narcotics detective and it was common for the city to be sued for seizures,” Rose said. “All lawsuits against the city or an officer in his/her official capacity were served on the Police Dept. and handled by the City.”Both lawsuits were dismissed soon after they were filed, according to court records.On his FDLE form, Israel disclosed a 1975 arrest for trespassing at a motel in Key West. “Israel could have easily lied about his teenage arrest record because no documentation exists and generally it is very difficult for background investigators to uncover misdemeanor arrests,” Rose said. “Sheriff Israel has always disclosed this information as required.”Gov. DeSantis suspended Israel last year due to criticism of his handling of mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.last_img read more

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Remembering John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and ‘American hero’

first_img“I told him that I stood on his shoulders,” Obama wrote in a statement marking Lewis’s death. “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made.” A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his family’s chickens. His place in the vanguard of the 1960s campaign for Black equality had its roots in that hardscrabble Alabama farm. King swiftly returned to the scene with a multitude, and the march to Montgomery was made whole before the end of the month. Lewis was born on Feb. 21, 1940, outside Troy, in Alabama’s Pike County. He attended segregated public schools and was denied a library card because of his race, but he read books and newspapers avidly, and could rattle off obscure historical facts even in his later years. Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the group’s leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to a vast sea of people. Searing TV images of that brutality helped to galvanize national opposition to racial oppression and embolden leaders in Washington to pass the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act five months later. “The American public had already seen so much of this sort of thing, countless images of beatings and dogs and cursing and hoses,” Lewis wrote in his memoirs. “But something about that day in Selma touched a nerve deeper than anything that had come before.” That bridge became a touchstone in Lewis’ life. He returned there often during his decades in Congress representing the Atlanta area, bringing lawmakers from both parties to see where “Bloody Sunday” went down. Lewis earned bipartisan respect in Washington, where some called him the “conscience of Congress.” His humble manner contrasted with the puffed chests on Capitol Hill. But as a liberal on the losing side of many issues, he lacked the influence he’d summoned at the segregated lunch counters of his youth, or later, within the Democratic Party, as a steadfast voice for the poor and disenfranchised. Lewis’ wife of four decades, Lillian Miles, died in 2012. They had one son, John Miles Lewis. President Jimmy Carter appointed Lewis to lead ACTION, a federal volunteer agency, in 1977. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council, and then won a seat in Congress in 1986. Lewis was a 23-year-old firebrand, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, when he joined King and four other civil rights leaders at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York to plan and announce the Washington demonstration. The others were Whitney Young of the National Urban League; A. Philip Randolph of the Negro American Labor Council; James L. Farmer Jr., of the interracial Congress of Racial Equality; and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP. Lewis announced in late December 2019 that he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Trump ordered flags at half-staff at the White House and all federal public buildings and grounds, including embassies abroad and all military posts and naval stations, throughout the day Saturday. center_img – AP “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family,” Trump said via Twitter. “The sight of them rolling over us like human tanks was something that had never been seen before. People just couldn’t believe this was happening, not in America,” Lewis wrote. He was a teenager when he first heard King, then a young minister from Atlanta, preach on the radio. They met after Lewis wrote him seeking support to become the first Black student at his local college. He ultimately attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisk University instead, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a guiding voice for a young Illinois senator who became the first Black president. After months of training in nonviolent protest, demonstrators led by Lewis and the Rev. Hosea Williams began a march of more than 50 miles from Selma to Alabama’s capitol in Montgomery. They didn’t get far: On March 7, 1965, a phalanx of police blocked their exit from the Selma bridge. Authorities swung truncheons, fired tear gas and charged on horseback, sending many to the hospital. The nation was horrified. Soon, the young man King nicknamed “the boy from Troy” was organizing sit-ins at whites-only lunch counters and volunteering as a Freedom Rider, enduring beatings and arrests while challenging segregation around the South. Lewis helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to organize this effort, led the group from 1963 to 1966 and kept pursuing civil rights work and voter registration drives for years thereafter. People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn’t care much for what he had to say. The casket of Rep. John Lewis moves over the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse-drawn carriage during a memorial service for Lewis, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Selma, Ala. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020.(Brynn Anderson | AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” he said at the time. Lewis refused to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying he didn’t consider him a “legitimate president” because Russians had conspired to get him elected. When Trump later complained about immigrants from “s—hole countries,” Lewis declared, “I think he is a racist … we have to try to stand up and speak up and not try to sweep it under the rug.” If that speech marked a turning point in the civil rights era — or at least the most famous moment — the struggle was far from over. Two more hard years passed before truncheon-wielding state troopers beat Lewis bloody and fractured his skull as he led 600 protesters over Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. last_img read more

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Grassley says Senate hearing will consider restrictions on police

first_imgWASHINGTON — As a response to last month’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will be taking part in a hearing today to discuss the use of force by police.Members of Congress are considering a far-reaching package of new restrictions on police forces nationwide, including a ban on chokeholds.  “What you saw on television can’t be tolerated,” Grassley says, “when he was executed by being strangled to death by the knee of the policeman.” The hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for 1:30 P.M./Central time.Grassley, a Republican, says legislation is also under consideration that would create a national database of incidents where police use deadly force. “We don’t have every state, in fact, we have a minority of states that are really reporting what they ought to report on the number of deaths caused by police shootings,” Grassley says, “or other ways the police might kill somebody.”Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate. He’s proposing an extensive list of new rules which Grassley says will be unveiled on Wednesday, including the ban on chokeholds and the new database. “There’s another one that some people think is a poison pill and that deals with the immunity of policemen from lawsuits,” Grassley says. “That’s a little more controversial.”In an interview with Radio Iowa two weeks ago, Grassley said some issues within police departments need to be addressed by individual city councils, not by members of Congress. He noted the federal government can’t take over local policing. This week, Grassley is clarifying his earlier remarks.  “Under our Constitution, it’s difficult for the federal government to say state governments and local governments have to do this or that,” Grassley says. “Our handle here is connected with putting restrictions on federal dollars that are going out.”Reports say the bill is also expected to make lynching a federal hate crime, while urging police everywhere to use body cameras. President Trump is indicating he would support the new package of police restrictions.last_img read more

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