Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Republican state senator to leave seat in middle of term

Jan. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat in the middle of his term. Sen. Rich Alloway of Franklin County said Friday that he's resigning Feb. 28 and that he's lost the fire to give the extra effort to do the job right. He says...

Special election set to fill vacancy in Pennsylvania Senate

Jan. 7, 2019 11:58 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in southwestern Pennsylvania will fill a vacancy in the state Senate in a special election on April 2. The office of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack said Monday that it is informing Allegheny and Washington counties of the special election date to fill the remainder of Guy Reschenthaler's...

Lawmakers sworn in at start of 2-year General Assembly term

Jan. 1, 2019 4:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday, convening in the state Capitol on New Year's Day under a state constitutional mandate they meet on the first Tuesday of the year. Forty-two House members and seven senators were sworn in for the first time after winning...

The Latest: Lawmakers sworn in for coming legislative term

Jan. 1, 2019 12:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on swearing-in day for Pennsylvania state lawmakers (all times local): ___ 12:50 p.m. Pennsylvania state lawmakers are ready for the coming two-year session after being sworn in on New Year's Day. The House welcomed 42 new members and seven new senators took the oath of...

Top GOP senator says he favors swearing in Democrat Williams

Dec. 28, 2018 4:41 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate said Friday he favors seating the Democrat who won last month now that he has looked into questions about her residency. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati issued a statement that said he will recommend that Lindsey Williams be...

Lawmakers report $43M increase in unspent cash reserves

Dec. 27, 2018 2:24 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania legislative branch saw its budget reserve jump by nearly $43 million last year, with most of the additional surplus attributed to House and Senate accounts. The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the annual financial report...

Senate GOP seeks more financial information from Democrat

Dec. 26, 2018 5:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman newly elected to Pennsylvania's Senate is submitting more personal documents as the chamber's Republican majority decides whether to seat her. Democrat Lindsey Williams' lawyer said he submitted tax documents, bank statements and credit card bills on Monday in response to...

Wolf says he's a realist on issue of recreational marijuana

Dec. 20, 2018 6:01 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf called himself a "realist" about the full legalization of marijuana, pointing out Thursday that it could soon come to two states bordering Pennsylvania and suggesting that it would be wiser to take a harder look at it than ignore it. Wolf, a Democrat, this week changed...

Democrats prepare bills to keep health insurance protections

Dec. 20, 2018 5:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate say they'll introduce legislation to continue protections in individual health insurance plans sold in the state should the Affordable Care Act be permanently blocked in the courts. Democrats said Thursday they'll introduce the bills after the...

Judge again rules against $200M raid on insurance surplus

Dec. 18, 2018 6:09 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge is again ruling against Pennsylvania legislation that would take at least $200 million from a state-chartered medical malpractice insurer of last resort. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner on Tuesday said the state can't "legislatively recapture" the Pennsylvania...