Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly

Gov. Tom Wolf, as promised, vetoed a bipartisan-backed bill on Monday that would have given local officials’ authority this year to decide whether to hold K-12 sports and activities and set crowd limits at events.

This action shows his determination to urge Pennsylvanians to adhere to his 25-person limit for indoor events and 250 for outdoor contests to control the spread of COVID-19, even though a federal judge has declared those limits along with other pandemic-related restrictions the governor ordered as unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration has requested a stay on that order while appealing U.S. Western District Court Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling.

In his veto message, the governor said, “We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to

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Artio Medical Appoints Paul Muller as Chief Technology Officer and General Manager

“Paul is a highly skilled engineer and seasoned industry veteran with exceptional team-building and leadership skills who has demonstrated a successful track record developing novel, market-leading medical devices,” stated Dr. F. Nicholas Franano, President and CEO of Artio Medical. “We are thrilled to have someone with Paul’s talent and vision leading product development at Artio.”

Previously, Mr. Muller was CTO and GM at Flow Forward Medical (recently acquired by Artio) where he managed the development of Flow Forward’s Arteriovenous Fistula Eligibility (AFE) System™, a small, temporary, external blood pump system for kidney failure patients that stimulates vein enlargement prior to the creation of vascular access sites for hemodialysis. Paul previously held leadership positions and achieved major engineering and product development milestones at Thoratec (subsequently acquired by St. Jude Medical and Abbott) and Guidant (subsequently acquired by Abbott). Mr. Muller is a named inventor on 31 patents, and he has

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