Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election

Mar. 25, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state's primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state's spreading coronavirus cases. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday and Gov. Tom Wolf,...

Pennsylvania lawmakers delay primary to June 2 over COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers delay primary to June 2 over COVID-19 outbreak.
Sign asking to love one another and pray at home in front of St. James Episcopal Church on Dock Street in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are asked to pray at home. (Jacqueline Dormer/The Republican-Herald via AP)

As coronavirus cases grow, Pennsylvania eyes later primary

Mar. 22, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania saw another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, as well as another death, as lawmakers speed legislation to delay the state's April 28 primary election and relax rules around how mail-in ballots can be processed in advance of polls closing. Meanwhile,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Sunshine week reminds citizens they have a right to know what officials are up to Harrisburg Patriot News/ March 13 Just in time for the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week, the Pennsylvania Legislature has given...

Republicans sweep 3 special elections for Pennsylvania House

Mar. 17, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans are claiming victory and Democrats conceding defeat in three special elections Tuesday to fill empty seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. All three seats had been held by Republicans who vacated them after winning elections to county offices last November,...

Cars line up outside the Central Outreach Wellness Center on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Monday, March 16, 2020, for drive-by testing for COVID-19. The testing, that is limited to 100 kits at present, is being done in partnership with Quest Diagnostics, one of the commercial laboratory companies that have offered COVID-19 tests to dramatically increase the nation's capability. Central Outreach Medical Director Dr. Stacy Lane said the drive-by testing is being used to not contaminate waiting rooms. The testing is based on screening questions for symptoms of dry cough or fever, Central Outreach said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Governor orders COVID-19 shutdown across Pennsylvania

Mar. 16, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf extended a shutdown order Monday to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, although he also maintained that he will not send the National Guard or state police to force businesses to close or stop events. Wolf acted in...

Judge rejects bid to delay special election in Philly suburb

Mar. 16, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge late Monday night rejected an attempt to delay a special election to fill a vacant seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives from Bucks County over concerns that it would risk public health as coronavirus spreads. Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Trauger said in his order...

Pennsylvania Senate hides some details in expense records

Mar. 5, 2020 7:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate is hiding thousands of detailed explanations about its expenses from official records it provided under public records requests about how it spends taxpayer money, news organizations reported Thursday. Before turning over the documents, Senate officials edited...

Supreme Court to review child sex abuse time limits decision

Mar. 2, 2020 6:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A mid-level appeals court decision issued last summer that allowed some victims of childhood sexual abuse a way to pursue lawsuits despite time limits will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the justices announced Monday. The high court granted a request to hear the case...

Former state Sen. Mike Folmer leaves the Lebanon County courthouse, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Lebanon, Pa. Folmer entered a guilty plea in court to three counts of possessing child porn and one count of criminal use of a communications facility for having items on his cellphone. Sentencing has been set for late May. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)

Ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker pleads guilty in child porn case

Feb. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EST

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged last fall with possession of child pornography pleaded guilty Thursday. Mike Folmer entered a guilty plea in Lebanon County Court to three counts of possessing child porn and one count of criminal use of a communications facility for having...