More than a year and a half after a Penn State University fraternity's hazing led to the death of a sophomore student, Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign a bill that will enforce stricter punishments for hazing.In February 2017, Timothy Piazza, 19, died at a Beta Theta Pi pledge event at Penn State, suffering several severe falls that led to a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen, and a traumatic brain injury. Investigations of the incident found Piazza had consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol that night as a result of a fraternity hazing ritual, and that Piazza was unconscious for 12 hours before an ambulance was called for him. Now Pennsylvania law will have stricter guidelines in places for such incidents. The Senate voted unanimously Monday in favor of the bill, which will be named after Piazza. The new legislation categorizes severe hazing as a felony and pushes for schools to put anti-hazing policies in place. The new legislation also offers a clarified definition of hazing, described as … [Read more...] about New Pennsylvania legislation would enforce stricter penalties for hazing following Penn State fraternity death
Updated 9:37 pm PDT, Friday, October 12, 2018 FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker Lau Siu-lai listens to reporters questions during a press conference at the legislature council in Hong Kong. Activists are protesting Hong Kong's disqualification of a legislative candidate on the grounds that she advocated self-determination for the Chinese territory. Lau Siu-lai, who was stripped of her seat in the Hong Kong legislature last year, was barred by the government on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, from running in a Nov. 25 election. less FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker Lau Siu-lai listens to reporters questions during a press conference at the legislature council in Hong Kong. Activists are protesting ... more Photo: Vincent Yu, AP Photo: Vincent Yu, AP Image 1 … [Read more...] about Activists criticize Hong Kong’s ban of legislative candidate
Lisa Rathke, Associated Press Updated 3:03 am PDT, Friday, October 12, 2018 In this Oct. 3, 2018, photograph, Kiah Morris, a former Vermont state representative, discusses threats and harassment she's faced, during an interview in Bennington, Vt. Morris, the only black woman in the Vermont legislature, has resigned. less In this Oct. 3, 2018, photograph, Kiah Morris, a former Vermont state representative, discusses threats and harassment she's faced, during an interview in Bennington, Vt. Morris, the only black woman in the ... more Photo: Lisa Rathke, AP Photo: Lisa Rathke, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this Oct. 3, 2018, photograph, Kiah Morris, a former Vermont state representative, discusses threats and harassment she's faced, during an interview in Bennington, Vt. Morris, the only black woman … [Read more...] about The lessons after threats drive a black legislator to quit
QUESTION: What is the new “loan charge” legislation being brought in from April 2019?ANSWER: Over the past 20 years an industry has developed in the avoidance of PAYE and national insurance contributions. The genesis of this avoidance industry started with company directors who often received bonuses in the form of gold bullion, fine wines and even oriental carpets.As the industry developed, more sophisticated methods of tax avoidance were employed to counteract HMRC's continual crackdown on PAYE and NIC avoidance.These culminated in the use of off-shore structures from which employees were given loans rather than salary in attempt to say that the employees did not have any earnings and therefore were not subject to PAYE or NIC.The most famous participant in this form of tax avoidance was the Scottish football club Rangers, whose wholesale use of off-shore trusts to pay its players ultimately culminated in its liquidation and plummet to the very bottom of the Scottish … [Read more...] about Is this legislation too good to be true?
State legislators want a hearing on nursing home staffing in Kentucky, following a series of stories in the Lexington Herald-Leader that showed how some residents have died as a result of neglect. "A Republican leader of the key committee on health care said she is getting letters from dozens of concerned nursing home residents in her district, urging her to support minimum staffing standards for the facilities," the newspaper reports. “It sounds to me like a public discussion is due on this sooner rather than later,” state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, told reporter John Cheves who wrote the series. Adams is co-chair of the legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services. Committee co-chair Rep. Addia Wuchner The House chair of the panel, retiring Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, doubted that it would be able to take up a bill pre-filed for the 2019 session that would set staffing standards for … [Read more...] about Legislators say nursing-home staffing issues need a hearing soon, but co-chair of health committee suggests there’s no time