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Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

With accounts flush, budget talks come down to schools aid

Jun. 24, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With a week to go until the state's budget deadline, Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working through their remaining differences as they try to produce an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan that they say will marshal...

Bills on poll watchers, earlier presidential primary advance

Jun. 22, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Proposals to hold Pennsylvania's presidential primaries in March rather than April and to permit poll watchers to operate outside the counties where they live were advanced Wednesday by a divided House State Government Committee. Both bills had already passed...

GOP lawmakers block assault-style gun ban for those under 21

Jun. 21, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State House Republicans blocked a proposal to prevent those ages 18 to 21 from possessing assault-style rifles on Tuesday by completely changing the bill into a constitutional amendment to allow anyone to carry concealed guns. It was the second week in a row...

States offer tax breaks, funds for chance to host World Cup

Jun. 15, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. cities and states have lined up with tax breaks and millions of dollars in both public and private investments for a chance at hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup games, set to be announced Thursday. The prize is a share of what FIFA expects to be more than...

Pennsylvania Senate pushes plans to cut corporate taxes

Jun. 15, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate approved two competing plans Wednesday to slash the state's corporate net income tax rate, although Democrats warned the bills are premature because there is no agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf. The bills passed on a nearly party-line basis,...

State House GOP moves to bottle up 4 gun safety proposals

Jun. 13, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans used a legislative bill-shuffling strategy Monday to voluntarily relinquish a Pennsylvania House committee's control over four bills that address gun violence. The Judiciary Committee action led the speaker to have another panel take over the...

Wolf, lawmakers launch budget season with billions to spend

Jun. 13, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are launching into their busiest stretch: the horse-trading and budget-making weeks of June that are vastly different this year than any other in memory, with billions of extra dollars to spread around. It is a...

Senate passes bill against trans girls playing girls' sports

Jun. 07, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate passed Republican-sponsored legislation Tuesday to prohibit transgender women from participating in women’s sports. The proposal, which passed 30-20, now heads to the House, where an identical bill was previously approved. One...

Pennsylvania governor tests positive for coronavirus

Jun. 06, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The 73-year-old governor said in the tweet he has mild symptoms. He said he tested positive in the evening. “I’m grateful that I recently got my second...