Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Taxpayers foot bill for Pennsylvania politician's car wrecks

Aug. 16, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state representative has had three car accidents in three years — with repairs and insurance claims covered by state taxpayers, records show. Rep. Margo Davidson, a Democrat who represents Delaware County, has a total bill for repairs and claims exceeding $30,000...

The Latest: Lawmaker hails naming priests accused of abuse

Aug. 1, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania bishop's decision to release the names of 71 priests and others in his Roman Catholic diocese alleged to have sexually abused children (all times local): ___ 5:20 p.m. A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy is praising...

Abortion politics may shadow final weeks of governor's race

Jul. 28, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The politics of abortion could be especially prominent this fall as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner hit the final stretch of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign. A changing U.S. Supreme Court and lawsuits winding through federal courts seem sure to put abortion...

Fabrizio, Pennsylvania House member from Erie, dies at 73

Jul. 24, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Rep. Flo Fabrizio, a veteran state lawmaker from Erie, is dead at age 73 after battling pancreatic cancer. Orlando Funeral Home in Erie said the eight-term Democrat died Tuesday while under hospice care. Arrangements are pending. Fabrizio was a gregarious presence in the Capitol, a...

Casey says he fears high court will undo health care gains

Jul. 13, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey maintained his opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, telling a rally crowd to help stop a corporate justice from joining an already corporate Supreme Court. Casey, of Pennsylvania, appeared with Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, of...

Ex-official sentenced in $1M mental health clinic fraud

Jul. 12, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A member of a politically connected Philadelphia family who was convicted of defrauding a nonprofit mental health clinic out of $1 million has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. Philly.com reports 63-year-old Renee Tartaglione was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court....

Ex-state representative sentenced for money-laundering plan

Jun. 28, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison for her role in a money laundering scheme. Former state Rep. Leslie Acosta was forced to resign in 2016 after her state House colleagues discovered she had run for re-election and won despite...

Lawmakers leave state Capitol for summer with bills dangling

Jun. 27, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Of all the bills that stalled this week in Pennsylvania's Capitol, perhaps the most remarkable is the derailing of a measure designed to force people with a domestic violence conviction or restraining order against them to forfeit their firearms more quickly. Rep. Marguerite Quinn,...

Pennsylvania governor OKs school safety hotline, grants bill

Jun. 22, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed school safety legislation that passed Friday as part of a response spurred by February's high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people. Wolf signed the bill shortly after it passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly as part of a broader budget package....

Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2018-19 budget package

Jun. 22, 2018 9:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of the budget package signed by Gov. Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania's 2018-19 budget year that starts July 1: THE BIG PICTURE — Increases spending through the state's main bank account to $32.7 billion, an increase of about $700 million in new spending, or 2.2 percent of...