Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Senate GOP hires firm to review Pennsylvania's 2020 election

Nov. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate said Friday they will pay up to $270,000 over the next six months to have an Iowa consulting firm examine the 2020 election with an eye toward developing changes to state election law. The “forensic...

State officials, lawmakers and judges get big 2022 pay raise

Nov. 17, 2021 17:13 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Inflation is driving up consumer prices and will drive a big salary increase for Pennsylvania state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials in 2022. For many of these positions, it's the biggest increase in three decades. Salaries...

House passes bill to allow permitless concealed gun carry

Nov. 16, 2021 21:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit was passed by a divided Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, but faces a veto threat from the governor. The parties were split in the vote, as occurred in the state Senate last week,...

AP source: GOP state Sen. Jake Corman to run for governor

Nov. 10, 2021 17:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jake Corman, the ranking Republican in Pennsylvania’s state Senate, will run for governor in next year's election, a political adviser said Wednesday, entering a huge and wide-open GOP field of candidates that is unlike anything party officials have seen in at least...

Senate backs bill to allow guns to be carried without permit

Nov. 09, 2021 21:41 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Tuesday approved two veto-bound firearms bills, including one to allow people to carry a loaded gun openly or concealed, without a permit, and another to punish municipalities that impose firearms ordinances that are stricter than...

Senate aims bill at preventing all-electric building codes

Oct. 27, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would bar municipalities in the nation’s No. 2 natural gas state from adopting building codes that prohibit gas hookups or otherwise restricting utility service based on the energy source. ...

House moves bill to add seniors to prescription drug program

Oct. 27, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House voted unanimously Wednesday to expand income eligibility limits for the state's prescription drug subsidy program. The House voted 199-0 to approve the bill that would increase the maximum income for PACENET to $33,500 for...

Senate OKs bill to criminalize fleeing arrest on foot

Oct. 26, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a crime to flee a police officer who is trying to arrest them, and an additional crime if a police dog is hurt in the pursuit. The bill passed, 36-14, with every Republican...

Bill outlines rules when district attorneys lose law license

Oct. 26, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Procedures for a district attorney's office to operate when the district attorney's law license has been suspended or revoked passed the Pennsylvania House unanimously on Tuesday. The bill was amended since its unanimous Senate passage in April,...

Lawmakers get started on bills aimed at lobbyist influence

Oct. 25, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state House of Representatives on Monday began advancing a package of bills aimed at lobbyist influence, including limiting gifts from lobbyists and prohibiting lobbyists from trying to influence an elected official for whom they also worked as a...