Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

House GOP pushes ahead plan for 'election integrity' panel

Sep. 30, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to set up a Republican-majority state House panel to review the fall election, with subpoena power and money to operate, was muscled out of committee Wednesday over loud Democratic objections. The resolution would establish a Select Committee on Election Integrity to look...

GOP takes Pennsylvania court's ballot deadline to high court

Sep. 28, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to put a hold on a ruling in the presidential battleground state that extends the deadline in November's election to receive and count mailed-in ballots. Republicans, including President Donald Trump's...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, speaks after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for the 2019-20 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, Pa. The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate wants journalists who wrote about his campaign spending to pay thousands in costs to produce those records. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Top-ranking state senator sues journalists over records cost

Sep. 16, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate wants journalists who wrote about his campaign spending to pay thousands in costs to produce those records. Spotlight PA and The Caucus reported Wednesday that a hearing is scheduled for next month in the litigation brought...

FILE- In this file photo from Nov. 19, 2019, the dome of the Pennsylvania Capitol is visible through the trees in Harrisburg, Pa. There are 203 House seats and 25 of 50 Senate seats up for election on Nov. 3, when voters will decide whether to extend gains Democrats made two years ago or tighten the majority hold Republicans have long held over both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Lawmakers take record before voters under new election rules

Sep. 12, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will soon issue their verdict on the legislature’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by either extending the gains Democrats made two years ago or further tightening Republicans’ longstanding grip on both chambers. The GOP-majority General Assembly...

Governor to protect climate-change strategy with veto

Sep. 9, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will veto legislation to prevent his administration from imposing controls on emissions of a key greenhouse gas without Pennsylvania lawmakers’ permission, Wolf’s office reiterated Wednesday, a move that comes as the Democrat works to advance an agenda to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, talks with reporters in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Lamb faces Republican Sean Parnell for his seat in the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. In the shadow of its battleground status in the presidential election, Democrats will fight to defend their gains in Congress two years ago and, possibly, add another seat or two in Pennsylvania as the suburbs continue to turn against President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

After Democrats' big 2018 gains, more House seats could flip

Sep. 5, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the shadow of Pennsylvania's status as a battleground state in the presidential election, Democrats will fight to defend their gains in Congress two years ago and, possibly, add another seat or two as the state's suburbs continue to turn against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile,...

House OKs changes to mail-in voting law; veto threatened

Sep. 2, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the shadow of an increasingly strident presidential campaign, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives approved changes to the state's fledgling mail-in voting law Wednesday, but in highly partisan fashion. The Republican-penned bill passed, 112-90, on a near party-line vote in the...

Republicans aim new bills at shutdowns of schools, athletics

Aug. 10, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania say they want to give parents more power to let their children repeat a year of schooling if they feel their child didn't get the education they needed or missed out on a year of athletics amid shutdowns during the pandemic. Rep. Jesse...

Lawmakers hear schools face range of challenges in reopening

Aug. 5, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers heard about the slew of challenges ahead when schools reopen during a pandemic, as two days of hearings that ended Wednesday offered little reason for optimism. In hours of testimony before the House Education Committee, school officials and other experts...