Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

County won't offer up voting machines to election audit

Jul. 14, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of three counties targeted by a Pennsylvania state lawmaker for an Arizona-style “forensic investigation” of the state’s 2020 presidential election sought by former President Donald Trump will not allow third-party access to its voting machines. ...

Late census numbers compress redistricting panel's schedule

Jul. 13, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislative leaders on the five-person group redrawing state lawmakers' district lines based on census data heard Tuesday how the delay in the release of updated population figures may require them to move more quickly than anticipated. ...

Trump ally launches election audit plan in Pennsylvania

Jul. 07, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker and ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump is launching a “forensic investigation” of the state’s 2020 presidential election, demanding cooperation from counties and mimicking a widely criticized partisan effort in...

Ex-ambassador, investment CEO seeks Pennsylvania Senate seat

Jul. 06, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Carla Sands, former President Donald Trump's ambassador to Denmark, announced Tuesday that she will join the crowded Republican primary field for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat. She brings possibly significant personal wealth to the race, as...

GOP-led Pennsylvania Senate considers Arizona-style probe into 2020 election, inspired by Trump's baseless fraud claims

Jul. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — GOP-led Pennsylvania Senate considers Arizona-style probe into 2020 election, inspired by Trump's baseless fraud claims.

Changes to medical marijuana law approved by Legislature

Jun. 25, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pandemic-era regulations that let medical marijuana dispensaries serve patients at curbside and dispense three months' worth of the drug at a time were memorialized into law by the Legislature Friday, and the governor's office said he would sign the bill. ...

Lawmakers vote to bank pandemic funds, boost schools funding

Jun. 25, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state budget that dumps billions in federal coronavirus money into savings, boosts spending on education and provides aid to nursing homes easily passed the Legislature on Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf's office said he plans to sign it next week. ...

Senate launches voter ID constitutional amendment process

Jun. 23, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment to require identification for voters each time they cast a ballot, starting the lengthy amendment process that usually takes years to complete. All Republicans and a...

House votes for 'vaccine passports,' Health secretary limits

Jun. 23, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday voted to ban the use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” by colleges, universities or governmental entities and to put new restrictions on the health secretary's powers during a health emergency. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 22, 2021. Editorial: By coming out, former Penn State standout Carl Nassib proves his courage The Merriam-Webster definition of courage reads as follows: “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear...