Senate Republican leaders have condemned Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of bills that would have provided county governments more control over letting residents return to work, and allowed more employers to resume operations under state and federal safety guidelines. The bills, recently approved by the General Assembly and formally sent to the governor Monday, would have brought back more than 200,000 jobs across Pennsylvania.
A new law authored by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) will expand Pennsylvanians’ access to psychology services by allowing telepsychological practice across state lines. Act 19 of 2020 will allow Pennsylvania to join the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which is already authorized by 12 other states. The law allows licensed psychologists to apply to practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice in other states in the compact.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is delivering more than $300-million ($301,036,685) in new funding to Pennsylvania to support testing for COVID-19. The funding is part of the Trump Administration’s effort to ensure that states have the resources necessary to meet testing goals as they begin to reopen.
The American Red Cross will be in Mifflin County for blood drive today. The Red Cross is looking for healthy individuals to donate blood or platelets. The bloodmobile will visit the Reedsville Fire Company on Firehouse Boulevard from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Traffic Signal Upgrades will be made in Lewistown Borough next month. Crews will upgrade vehicular and pedestrian traffic signals along Market, Valley and Third Streets in Lewistown. Work is expected to begin in mid-June. Motorists should expect short-term lane closures on Market and Third streets between Wayne and Dorcas streets. Lane closures can also be expected on Valley Street between Dorcas and Oak streets. At least one lane will remain open to traffic during work hours, but drivers are urged to remain alert for sudden stops and flaggers in the roadway. All lane closures will be lifted at the close of each work day. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the start of work on the project, which is expected to be completed by mid-November.