Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Republicans aim to make big election changes in constitution

Sep. 27, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Monday unveiled sweeping changes to the conduct of elections through a proposed constitutional amendment, the latest turn in a partisan power struggle over elections in the wake of former President Donald Trump's baseless claims...

Lawmaker arrested for allegedly violating protection order

Sep. 26, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state representative was arrested Friday and has been charged with harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order filed by his wife in what his attorney says was a “domestic issue," a newspaper reported. The Philadelphia...

Report: SEC seeks info on possible gifts to pension's staff

Sep. 26, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined a federal probe of Pennsylvania’s largest pension fund and is seeking among other things records to determine whether improper “compensation and gifts” may have been offered staff, a newspaper reported. ...

Pennsylvania prosecutor sues to block GOP election subpoena

Sep. 23, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s attorney general sued Thursday to block a Republican-approved subpoena to state election officials in what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s baseless...

State presses Philadelphia agency over elder abuse, neglect

Sep. 23, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration became so concerned about how three cases of neglect or abuse of older people were handled in Philadelphia that it is ordering improvements at an agency there, but officials are refusing to disclose what happened to those three people,...

Pennsylvania high court OKs 'comfort dogs' for witnesses

Sep. 22, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

Canines in the courtroom? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says yes — under certain conditions. A trial witness may be accompanied by a “comfort dog” if the animal will help yield reliable, complete and truthful testimony, the justices ruled Wednesday in a...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 22, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: The next steps to protect abortion in Pennsylvania In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to limit access to abortion throughout the commonwealth — and the fall...

Redistricting panel pares plan on where to count inmates

Sep. 21, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's five-member panel redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts decided Tuesday to pare back a new policy to count state prison inmates in their home districts, now limiting it to those whose sentences expire in under 10 years. ...

Justices ponder victim rights amendment that's been in limbo

Sep. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Questions about the legality and practical effect of a victims' rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that has been in limbo for almost two years dominated oral arguments in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices could act to...

Pennsylvania mobile clinics seek to goose vaccination rate

Sep. 20, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Rosie Goris lost two family members and a close friend to COVID-19. So it was a no-brainer that she would agree to host a vaccination clinic at her York, Pennsylvania, corner store, which serves a largely Hispanic clientele. The vaccination rate among Pennsylvania's...