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Pennsylvania lawmaker switches from Democrat to independent

Nov. 19, 2019 5:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A moderate Democrat in Pennsylvania’s state Senate from an area that shifted decisively to support Donald Trump in 2016’s presidential election is switching his registration to become an independent and said Tuesday that he will caucus with the Republican majority. In a...

Bill limiting gifts to public officials moves in Legislature

Nov. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A legislative committee voted Tuesday to advance new limits on gifts to Pennsylvania public officials, including an outright prohibition on taking cash, although the proposal includes numerous exceptions. The House State Government Committee unanimously approved an annual limit on...

Bill on handling of fetal remains passes Pennsylvania House

Nov. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains that end up in possession of a health care facility passed a divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday after an impassioned debate. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto, was modeled on...

$9.50 minimum wage bill advances in Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 18, 2019 7:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 began advancing in the Legislature on Monday, up against a deadline for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to relent on his effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers. A Senate...

Sunday hunting days poised to become law in Pennsylvania

Nov. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation allowing hunting on three Sundays a year in Pennsylvania. The Senate voted 38-11 on Wednesday, the bill’s last hurdle before it heads to Wolf’s desk. The bill permits Sunday hunting one day during rifle deer season, one during...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions

Nov. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s prison agency agreed to improve death row conditions under a settlement announced Monday of a federal lawsuit that called the inmates’ living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death...

Talks on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage heat up before deadline

Nov. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Discussions on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 are heating up, in part to get Gov. Tom Wolf to abandon an effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to tens of thousands of additional workers. Negotiators are up against a Thursday deadline,...

County resists Pennsylvania’s push for new voting machines

Nov. 13, 2019 7:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania county is signaling that it won’t go along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence that counties buy new voting systems as a security measure in 2020’s election, when the state is expected to be a premier presidential battleground. Dauphin County...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...