Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Vetoed petrochemical tax break bill revived in Pennsylvania

Jul. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers could vote on legislation this week that provides millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals, emerging from closed-door negotiations after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill earlier this year, officials...

First police-reform bills after protests go to governor

Jun. 30, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign the first bills passed by Pennsylvania’s Legislature in response to widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, his office said Tuesday. The Senate passed the bills unanimously after the House passed both unanimously last...

Pennsylvania lawmakers begin passing police reform bills

Jun. 24, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House and Senate began passing legislation Wednesday spurred by widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, including legislation designed to prevent “bad apples” from continuing to find employment in police departments. All...

Pennsylvania lawmakers wrestle anew with major gambling bill

Jun. 23, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Top Republicans in Pennsylvania's state Senate are pressing sweeping gambling legislation that would allow slot machine-like terminals in thousands of bars, restaurants, nonprofit social clubs and other businesses that hold liquor licenses. The legislation could deliver new gambling...

State Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, addresses the House after being elected to serve as Pennsylvania House Speaker, Monday, June 22, 2020. He fills a post vacated last week by Mike Turzai, who resigned his House seat to take a job in the private sector. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)

House votes to make Republican Rep. Cutler its next speaker

Jun. 22, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House turned to a seven-term Republican member Monday to become its next speaker, elevating him to the chamber's top job a week after his predecessor stepped down in mid-term. The vote for Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County made him the House's presiding officer,...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State Sen. Sandra Williams speaks during an interview, in Columbus, Ohio. The killing of George Floyd has sparked broader discussions of race and discrimination in state legislatures across the country. Affirmative action, reparations and designating racism as a public health crisis are generating debate and a fair amount of controversy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms

Jun. 20, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The racial reckoning sweeping the country after the killing of George Floyd in police custody has generated momentum at state capitols for widespread reforms addressing a range of inequities. Lawmakers have floated proposals to address affirmative action, racial disparities in...

Lawmakers urged to make police discipline records public

Jun. 19, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With some states taking a fresh look at strengthening measures to hold police officers accountable, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are being urged to join states that make police department records of officer discipline accessible to the public. Thus far, no such legislation is part of a...

Ex-House speaker, a gas industry ally, joins gas utility

Jun. 16, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A day after leaving his post as speaker of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, Mike Turzai has become general counsel for the Pittsburgh-based natural gas division of Essential Utilities Inc., the company said Tuesday. Turzai, a Republican from suburban Pittsburgh, was an ally...

People gather near the statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza, Monday, June 15, 2020, in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lawmakers advance proposals on police hiring, training

Jun. 15, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two bills to change how police are hired and trained were approved unanimously on Monday by a Pennsylvania House committee. Action on the proposals was taken a week after black state representatives commandeered the speaker's dais and disrupted House business to pressure majority...

File —In this file photo from Jan. 23, 2020, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, announces at a news conference he will not run for another term as a Pennsylvania Representative, in McCandless, Pa. Turzai's last day will be Monday June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pennsylvania House speaker says he'll leave office next week

Jun. 10, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The highest ranking Republican in the state House said Wednesday he will leave office next week, creating an election year power vacuum atop the politically riven chamber. House Speaker Mike Turzai made the announcement that his last day will be Monday during floor remarks that came...