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As virus cases wane, governors weigh ending emergency orders

Jun. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

New coronavirus infections and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from earlier highs, though more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now are at least partially vaccinated, yet lingering hesitancy has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to go to waste. ...

Wolf signs bill to extend pandemic regulatory waivers

Jun. 11, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed legislation to extend hundreds of waivers of regulations that his administration approved over the last 15 months under the authority of his pandemic disaster emergency declaration that lawmakers voted to end. The...

House GOP unveils ambitious proposal to revamp election law

Jun. 10, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An ambitious Republican proposal to revamp Pennsylvania election law was unveiled Thursday, a 149-page bill that would change deadlines, adopt new rules for early voting, alter mail-in ballot procedures and mandate IDs for all in-person voters. ...

Lawmakers vote to end emergency declaration, extend waivers

Jun. 10, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature on Thursday voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic disaster emergency declaration and to extend hundreds of regulatory waivers his administration approved over the last 15 months. There may be...

Lawmakers look to extend waivers under disaster declaration

Jun. 09, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature appeared Wednesday to back off a wholesale end to the governor’s pandemic disaster emergency declaration, with lawmakers working to decide on which regulatory waivers to extend. The House on...

Pennsylvania House advances bill on handling fetal remains

Jun. 09, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require health care facilities to provide for the burial or cremation of fetal remains after a miscarriage or abortion. Following an emotionally fraught debate in politically riven...

'Stop taking bribes,' protesters urge Pennsylvania lawmakers

Jun. 09, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Urging lawmakers to “stop taking bribes,” demonstrators returned to Pennsylvania's Capitol on Wednesday to press lawmakers to pass legislation banning them from taking gifts from lobbyists and others aiming to influence them. Demonstrators...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 09, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 8, 2021. Editorial: Fetterman should stop flouting flag law and obey it Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman continues a juvenile campaign to fly flags from his Capitol office in defiance of state law. He should stop his...

House votes to end governor's pandemic disaster declaration

Jun. 08, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives voted on party lines Tuesday to put an end to the governor's pandemic disaster emergency declaration, less than a month after voters dramatically expanded lawmakers' powers to control such declarations. The...

House advances ban on abortions over Down syndrome diagnoses

Jun. 08, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania House pushed through a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions that are prompted by a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, although the Democratic governor has vowed to veto it. State representatives voted 120-83 for...