Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Budget season arrives in Pennsylvania Capitol as lawmakers prepare for debate over massive surplus

Jun. 03, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers return to session Monday to begin a four-week countdown to the start of the state's next fiscal year, with Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro and Republican lawmakers offering competing visions for how to use a massive surplus. Shapiro has...

Pennsylvania lawmakers question secrecy around how abuse or neglect of older adults is investigated

May. 23, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers want Gov. Josh Shapiro's Department of Aging to disclose more about the shortcomings it finds when it evaluates whether county-level agencies are properly investigating complaints about the abuse or neglect of older adults. The effort...

Disgruntled worker fatally shoots 2, wounds 3 at linen company near Philadelphia

May. 22, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A disgruntled employee opened fire at a linen company near Philadelphia on Wednesday, killing two coworkers and injuring three others, authorities said. The shooting took place at the Delaware County Linen at about 8:30 a.m. in the city of Chester, about 18...

Pennsylvania to ban cell phone use while driving and require police to collect traffic stop data

May. 09, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will join the majority of states that ban motorists from handling a cell phone for almost any purpose while driving, as backers of the legislation hope to reduce distracted driving accidents and deaths after nearly two decades of pressing the measure. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 08, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

Altoona Mirror. May 6, 2024. Editorial: Lawmakers do right on stalking law As technology continues to change, our laws and our sense of justice must adapt to meet the new technological landscape. One such aspect of that evolution is the use of devices...

Primary voters take down at least 2 incumbents in Pennsylvania House

Apr. 24, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania election results include a loss Tuesday in the Democratic primary by a Philadelphia state representative one day after prosecutors announced that they had erroneously issued a warrant mistakenly accusing him of violating a protective order. Rep....

Police seeking arrest of Pennsylvania state lawmaker for allegedly violating restraining order

Apr. 16, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia police said Tuesday that they issued an arrest warrant for a state lawmaker for violating a restraining order. A police spokesperson said the agency was unable to discuss the details of the warrant issued for Rep. Kevin Boyle. He was expected to...

A Pittsburgh congressional race could test Democrats who have criticized Israel's handling of war

Apr. 14, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An election this month in Pittsburgh and some of its suburbs is emerging as an early test of whether Israel’s war with Hamas poses political threats to progressive Democrats in Congress who have criticized how the conflict has been handled. U.S. Rep. Summer...

Pennsylvania House advances measure to prohibit 'ghost guns'

Mar. 27, 2024 16:52 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to ban the purchase, sale and production of untraceable gun parts passed the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives on Wednesday, with Democrats in the House using their majority to propel gun control after years of stagnation in a divided state government....

Court tosses Republican Pennsylvania lawmakers’ challenge of state, federal voter access actions

Mar. 26, 2024 17:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An attempt by conservative Pennsylvania lawmakers to overturn a shift to automatic voter registration was dismissed by a federal court on Tuesday, along with their other challenges to actions designed to boost voter registration. The lawsuit, filed by 24...