Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Suspected gas explosion reduces home to rubble; 5 injured

Jul. 31, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people, authorities said. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township was widely felt around the area, the...

Governor signs $34 billion 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $34 billion compromise budget Friday after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats. Fueled by strong tax collections, the budget boosts aid to...

The Latest: Wolf signs $34B 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the finishing touches of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 state budget (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $34 billion compromise state budget after Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes. Wolf made the announcement Friday, shortly...

Chaos erupts in Pennsylvania Senate over welfare bill

Jun. 26, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate devolved into partisan shouting, name-calling and bare-knuckled procedural tactics Wednesday over a bill to end a decades-old program that offers $200 a month to people deemed unable to work. The bill ultimately passed the GOP-controlled chamber, 26-24, with...

House OKs budget bill after stiff criticism by Democrats

Jun. 25, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives passed the main bill in a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan on Tuesday, despite hard criticism by rank-and-file Democrats that included a floor fight over whether they could criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage...