Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority court

Jan. 18, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is...

Lawmakers aim to stop closure of 2 institutions for disabled

Jan. 15, 2020 7:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fight to block Gov. Tom Wolf from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled produced a second large majority in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, even as Wolf vowed to continue a decades-old trend away from institutional care. The state...

State House votes to stop drivers' use of hand-held phones

Jan. 15, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided Pennsylvania House voted Wednesday to ban the use of hand-held phones for all drivers to make calls, although police would not be allowed to stop motorists for that reason alone. Representatives voted 120-74 for the proposal that would expand current law, which bans any...

GOP prosecutor wins central Pennsylvania state Senate seat

Jan. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a south-central Pennsylvania legislative district picked a new state senator in a special election Tuesday, handing victory to Republican Dave Arnold. Lebanon Valley College history professor Michael Schroeder, a Democrat, conceded to Arnold, the Lebanon County district...

House votes to make agencies post agendas before meetings

Jan. 14, 2020 5:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to force public agencies to post agendas on their websites at least a day before the meetings when they are voted on. State representatives unanimously approved the proposed amendments to the state Sunshine Act. The prime sponsor, Rep. Aaron...

Speaker sets March votes to fill 3 vacant state House seats

Jan. 7, 2020 4:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in three Pennsylvania House districts will choose new state representatives during special elections scheduled for March, the state House speaker announced Tuesday. A top aide to Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said the March 17 date was chosen to fill seats that became...

Lawmaker joins Democratic primary field for auditor general

Jan. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A seven-term state lawmaker from central Pennsylvania said Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination to run for the open state auditor general's office this year. Scott Conklin enters a crowded field ahead of Pennsylvania's Feb. 18 deadline to submit nomination petitions to...

Appeal of man convicted of 1988 lawmaker slaying rejected

Dec. 24, 2019 3:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that a man who was a teenager when he beat a Pennsylvania state lawmaker to death with a hammer three decades ago is still too dangerous to be released from prison The decision comes more than a year after now-49-year-old Bernard Williams was...

Pennsylvania takes more steps to reduce prison population

Dec. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania enacted a new law Wednesday that is designed to limit the stays of lower-risk offenders in prison in its latest effort to reduce the state's prison population and to stop first-time offenders from becoming repeat offenders. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, signed the two-bill...

Lawmakers vote to make changes to Pennsylvania parole system

Dec. 17, 2019 5:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Tuesday to make it easier to parole lower-level, less violent offenders and to revamp the process for inmates to get drug treatment. Representatives voted 167-29 to send the amended legislation back to the Senate. One key provision...