Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Court upholds ex-Sen. Orie's convictions in elections case

Oct. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state senator's conviction for using government employees to work on political campaigns was upheld Tuesday by a panel of federal appeals judges. A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against former Sen. Jane Clare Orie, saying her second trial in 2012 did...

Senators weigh altering child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State senators are hearing from victims, church advocates, lawyers and others about whether Pennsylvania should alter rules for child sexual abuse claims that occurred too long ago to file a lawsuit. A Senate Judiciary Committee session on proposals to extend the criminal and civil...

New chapter opens in Pennsylvania in fight over suing church

Sep. 28, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions that...

Lamb joins ranks of Democrats backing impeachment inquiry

Sep. 27, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — All nine Pennsylvania Democrats in the U.S. House now say they support Speaker Nancy Pelosi's move to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of suburban Pittsburgh on Friday joined the eight other Pennsylvania Democrats in the chamber saying...

Jan. election set to replace arrested lawmaker who resigned

Sep. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a central Pennsylvania state Senate district will get a chance in January to pick a replacement for a four-term senator who resigned last week after being arrested on child pornography possession charges. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said in a Wednesday statement that Jan. 14 is...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Sep. 25, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: President Trump impeachment inquiry crucial The Citizen's Voice Sept. 25 Every member of Congress takes an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States," which has been under assault by President Donald Trump...

Gun debate revives in Pennsylvania statehouse

Sep. 24, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The debate over guns was revived Tuesday in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature after a year of shocking violence, although Democrats went away frustrated and warning the process could end up actually loosening gun laws. The day marked the start of a two-day Senate...

Lawmakers return to governor's fall 'conversation openers'

Sep. 21, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf busied himself in the quiet Capitol over the summer with plans that didn't involve lawmakers: a way to finance new voting machines, new charter school regulations to write, gun violence prevention programs to create and more. With lawmakers returning to Harrisburg from...

Bill to increase fine for misusing animal traps passes House

Sep. 19, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is giving its unanimous approval to toughening penalties for using body-gripping animal traps outside of the waterways for which they're designed. Lawmakers voted Thursday to send the bill to the state Senate for its consideration. Backers...

Pennsylvania lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges resigned Wednesday, just hours after his arrest spurred condemnation and calls for him to step down. Sen. Mike Folmer was charged late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office after agents...