Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Gas company takes blame for house explosion that hurt 5

Aug. 2, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gas company is taking the blame for an explosion near Pittsburgh that reduced a home to a pile of rubble and injured five people. Columbia Gas on Thursday said they failed to install a key piece of equipment in the home while workers nearby upgraded a gas main. Workers didn't realize...

Suspected gas explosion reduces home to rubble; 5 injured

Jul. 31, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people, authorities said. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township was widely felt around the area, the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 3, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer on symbols of Independence Day July 3 We mark this Independence Day by a clash of symbols. On one hand, we have President Trump's multi-million dollar military parade rolling its tanks, fighting vehicles...

Senate GOP warns Fetterman over sticking to chamber's rules

Jul. 2, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Senate are warning that they'll reassign the duties of Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as the chamber's presiding officer if he defies the chamber's rules again. Republicans issued the two-page letter publicly Tuesday. It came six days after...

Politics of elections snares Pennsylvania voting-machine aid

Jul. 1, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The fate of legislation to help Pennsylvania's counties afford new voting machines before next year's election is in doubt after getting wrapped up in the politics of voting and election laws. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he will decide later in the week whether to sign or veto the...

Wolf signs bills to help ag marketing, foster young farmers

Jul. 1, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to help Pennsylvania agriculture was signed into law Monday, including measures to foster younger farmers, help clean water going into Chesapeake Bay and expand butchering services for small farmers. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed eight related farm bills in a Capitol...

State auditor general confirms that he'll run for US House

Jun. 30, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is confirming that he'll run for Congress and seek next year's Democratic nomination for the Harrisburg-area 10th District held by four-term Republican Rep. Scott Perry. DePasquale made the announcement on social media Sunday. The...

Governor signs $34 billion 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $34 billion compromise budget Friday after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats. Fueled by strong tax collections, the budget boosts aid to...

Pennsylvania blocks plastic bag bans for at least a year

Jun. 28, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation barring Pennsylvania's municipalities from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags and other containers, wrappings and bags. The measure Wolf signed Friday is a 69-page budget-related bill that lawmakers unveiled two days ago. A...

Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 budget, related bills

Jun. 28, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of the spending package signed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania state government's 2019-20 fiscal year starting Monday, as well as the fate of Wolf's key initiatives: THE BIG PICTURE — Increases spending through the state's main bank account to $34...