Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Senate passes bills aimed at ransomware, data breaches

Jan. 19, 2022 14:26 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate passed a package of legislation on Wednesday aimed at preventing data security breaches and requiring victims and law enforcement officials to be notified when they do happen. The bills' passage comes barely two weeks after the...

Court sets deadline to break stalemate on congressional map

Jan. 18, 2022 12:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statewide court has given lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to break a stalemate around redrawing Pennsylvania's congressional districts to account for a decade of demographic shifts. The Commonwealth Court issued the order Friday, acting on a request...

Court puts hold on GOP inspection of county voting machines

Jan. 14, 2022 18:11 PM EST

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican county in Pennsylvania as part of a GOP “investigation” into the 2020 presidential election was moments away from starting Friday until the state Supreme Court put it on hold. The high court...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 12, 2022 16:27 PM EST

Philadelphia Inquirer. January 10, 2022. Editorial: To help Pennsylvanians, Biden must alleviate student loan debt Fourteen percent of people in our state carry student loan debt. Forgiving those debts could be a game changer for Pennsylvania residents. ...

House votes for GOP-favored congressional redistricting plan

Jan. 12, 2022 16:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A plan to redraw lines for Pennsylvania's congressional districts to account for a decade of population shifts passed the state House on Wednesday with a partisan vote that signaled lawmakers face more redistricting work ahead. Two suburban Philadelphia...

Wolf: Vaccine is strategy to fight COVID-19, not shutdowns

Jan. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EST

Its pandemic authority weakened, the Wolf administration said Tuesday it has no plans to pursue another COVID-19 emergency declaration, or attempt to impose new statewide restrictions or vaccine mandates, in response to the highly contagious omicron variant that is spreading quickly and overloading...

Court won't block entire election 'investigation' subpoena

Jan. 10, 2022 19:18 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court declined Monday to block an entire subpoena to state election officials in what Republican state lawmakers call a “forensic investigation” of 2020's presidential election, fueled by former President Donald Trump's baseless claims that Democrats...

GOP seeks more control over legislative redistricting

Jan. 10, 2022 11:18 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State House Republicans who just lost a key vote on new preliminary legislative district maps moved Monday to regain more control of the process by advancing a GOP friendly constitutional amendment that would utterly revamp Pennsylvania's redistricting process. ...

Mastriano announces candidacy for Pennsylvania governor

Jan. 08, 2022 16:54 PM EST

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator who has pushed to overturn last year’s presidential election and led protests against pandemic shutdowns and mitigation efforts formally announced on Saturday that he will run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Sen....

Special election slated for Pennsylvania 5th Senate district

Jan. 08, 2022 16:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A special election in the 5th Pennsylvania Senate district has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, the day of the primary election. The election is being held to complete the term of former Sen. John Sabatina Jr., who resigned after he was elected in November...