Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Lawmakers leave town, clergy child sex abuse bill undone

Oct. 18, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The collapse of legislation left uncertainty Thursday whether Pennsylvania lawmakers will ever approve recommendations in a landmark grand jury report that contained hundreds of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests in Roman Catholic dioceses across the state. The state...

Pennsylvania toughens penalties for repeat DUI offenders

Oct. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tougher penalties for repeated DUI offenders will soon become state law following passage by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The bill that received final votes in both chambers late Wednesday would establish the state's first felony offense of driving under the influence. It applies to...

Church abuse bill in limbo after hitting wall in Senate

Oct. 18, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to respond to Pennsylvania's landmark grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades stalled on the Legislature's final scheduled voting day of 2018 amid a showdown over a key provision. The dispute came down to...

The Latest: Senate GOP still want deal on clergy abuse bill

Oct. 18, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on legislation in Pennsylvania to respond to a landmark state grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Republican leaders of Pennsylvania's Senate say they'll await a counteroffer on legislation to respond to a...

Bill on church sex abuse stuck on question of lawsuits

Oct. 16, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation responding to a Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades remained under wraps in the state Senate on Tuesday amid disagreement over key provisions. Republican state senators met privately for...

New Hampshire diocese reviewing policies on sexual abuse

Oct. 16, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Roman Catholic bishop says the diocese is reviewing policies to ensure everything is being done to prevent sexual abuse. A church spokesman said Tuesday that Bishop Peter Libasci recently sent a letter to parishioners in response to reports that Roman Catholic...

Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student's name goes to governor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of...

House vote kills proposal to shrink size of Legislature

Oct. 15, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to shrink the number of lawmakers in the Pennsylvania Legislature was killed Monday by a procedural vote in the state House, a quick death for a proposal that has lingered for years. The House vote of 114-76 was the last stand for supporters trying to keep alive the...

Campaign fires man who posed as reporter at opponent's event

Oct. 15, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The campaign of Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick says it fired a staffer after the man went to a public event for Fitzpatrick's Democratic challenger, began questioning the candidate on video and suggested he reported for a local newspaper. Fitzpatrick's campaign told the Bucks...

2-year window for child sex abuse suits divides negotiators

Oct. 12, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state lawmaker leading a push to give victims of child sexual abuse a way around time limits that prevent them from suing on Friday angrily rejected an alternative approach recently circulated by the top-ranking Senate Republican. Rep. Mark Rozzi said he had several...