Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Democrats choose history professor for state Senate race

Oct. 20, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats have chosen a history professor as their candidate to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon Valley College associate professor Michael Schroeder was selected Sunday for the...

GOP prosecutor chosen to run for seat vacated by senator

Oct. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have chosen a prosecutor to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold easily outpaced four other candidates during Saturday's nomination...

Lawmaker facing child porn possession charges waives hearing

Oct. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned after being arrested on child pornography possession charges is waiving his preliminary hearing. Court records show that Republican Mike Folmer waived the hearing Friday. It had been scheduled for Oct. 31. No trial date has been...

Court upholds ex-Sen. Orie's convictions in elections case

Oct. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state senator's conviction for using government employees to work on political campaigns was upheld Tuesday by a panel of federal appeals judges. A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against former Sen. Jane Clare Orie, saying her second trial in 2012 did...

Senators weigh altering child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State senators are hearing from victims, church advocates, lawyers and others about whether Pennsylvania should alter rules for child sexual abuse claims that occurred too long ago to file a lawsuit. A Senate Judiciary Committee session on proposals to extend the criminal and civil...

New chapter opens in Pennsylvania in fight over suing church

Sep. 28, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions that...

Lamb joins ranks of Democrats backing impeachment inquiry

Sep. 27, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — All nine Pennsylvania Democrats in the U.S. House now say they support Speaker Nancy Pelosi's move to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of suburban Pittsburgh on Friday joined the eight other Pennsylvania Democrats in the chamber saying...

Jan. election set to replace arrested lawmaker who resigned

Sep. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a central Pennsylvania state Senate district will get a chance in January to pick a replacement for a four-term senator who resigned last week after being arrested on child pornography possession charges. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said in a Wednesday statement that Jan. 14 is...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Sep. 25, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: President Trump impeachment inquiry crucial The Citizen's Voice Sept. 25 Every member of Congress takes an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States," which has been under assault by President Donald Trump...

Gun debate revives in Pennsylvania statehouse

Sep. 24, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The debate over guns was revived Tuesday in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature after a year of shocking violence, although Democrats went away frustrated and warning the process could end up actually loosening gun laws. The day marked the start of a two-day Senate...