Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Senate cuts short voting bill hearing after Wolf aide's snub

Oct. 05, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Senate hearing designed to gather input from the Department of State about potential changes to election law was over quickly on Tuesday because the Wolf administration decided not to participate in person. The topic was a bill...

House OKs bill to make more pandemic data publicly available

Oct. 04, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to expand public access to reports about COVID-19 and other diseases passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday after Republicans argued it would help people decide how to react to pandemics and other outbreaks. The...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 29, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 26, 2021. Editorial: Health care waiver needs to be extended COVID-19 waivers are a touchy subject in Pennsylvania, where not all waivers were created equal. In March of 2020, when infections and...

Pennsylvania eyes $500M from feds for environmental program

Sep. 28, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania approved legislation Tuesday to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a long-running program designed to help clean up waterways, fix up parks and preserve open space. The bill, approved 10-1, would...

Anti-Trump Republican drops bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat

Sep. 27, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An anti-Trump candidate said Monday he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Craig Snyder, a longtime lobbyist and political consultant from Philadelphia, said he has been unable...

Republicans aim to make big election changes in constitution

Sep. 27, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Monday unveiled sweeping changes to the conduct of elections through a proposed constitutional amendment, the latest turn in a partisan power struggle over elections in the wake of former President Donald Trump's baseless claims...

Measure on masking in youth sports clears House committee

Sep. 27, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation that cleared a House committee on Monday would give Pennsylvania school districts the authority to decide whether student-athletes must wear masks while playing, as GOP lawmakers continue looking at a more aggressive move against the governor's universal...

Redistricting panel pares plan on where to count inmates

Sep. 21, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's five-member panel redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts decided Tuesday to pare back a new policy to count state prison inmates in their home districts, now limiting it to those whose sentences expire in under 10 years. ...

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. ...

Bipartisan election bill introduced in Pennsylvania

Sep. 17, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to try to fix disputed or gray areas of Pennsylvania's election law was introduced Friday in the state Senate, after more than a year of lawsuits, partisan bickering and legislative stalemates inflamed by last year's presidential election. ...