Latest Pennsylvania state government News

House votes to allow agency commercial records request fees

Jan. 21, 2020 4:32 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday voted for a proposal to let governments charge additional fees when they get Right-to-Know Law requests for records intended to be used for commercial purposes. State representatives voted 177 to 15 to send the Senate a bill that outlines how the...

Judge ends halt to police seizures of cash-paying games

Jan. 21, 2020 3:34 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday lifted a month-old halt to police seizures of a prominent brand of cash-paying video machines while the courts consider whether the devices are legal under state law. Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler denied the request to continue an injunction...

Speeds reduced on some Pennsylvania roadways amid storm

Jan. 18, 2020 5:51 PM EST

State transportation officials have reduced speeds and imposed other restrictions on several Pennsylvania roadways amid the winter storm expected to bring several inches of snow to parts of the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the severity of Saturday's storm prompted a temporary...

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...

PA governor to follow through on plan to close state prison

Jan. 17, 2020 1:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he will follow through on his plan to close another state prison, announced originally in August as a cost-cutting step amid a declining inmate population and rising prison costs. Wolf's administration carried out the required hearings on its plan,...

Pipeline firm to pay another $2M fine in Pennsylvania

Jan. 16, 2020 6:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Texas-based pipeline giant that is heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay another $2 million in fines for spilling drilling fluids into a reservoir during construction on a 350-mile multibillion-dollar pipeline carrying highly volatile natural gas liquids. The consent...

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania hits new record high

Jan. 16, 2020 4:39 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's commercial casinos reached a new high in revenue last year, state regulators said Thursday, a record boosted by an aggressive new expansion of gambling authorized by state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said revenue at the...

Gov. Wolf mixes state work with personal time in Israel trip

Jan. 16, 2020 4:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor returned Thursday to the United States after a previously undisclosed trip to Israel that his office said mixed personal travel with state business. Wolf's spokesman said the governor and his wife, first lady Frances Wolf, spent three days at the end of their...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 15, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Take wait, see approach on state budget Altoona Mirror Jan. 12 For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and...