Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Parole system could see changes after review of murder cases

Oct. 12, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An internal review of Pennsylvania's parole system spurred by five parolees getting charged in quick succession with homicide is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to help more parolees succeed on the outside....

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 9, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

Five tips for redistricting in Pennsylvania from the most ungovernable state in the nation Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com Oct. 7 Pennsylvania is not California, we know. But we may be able to learn some valuable lessons from a place that once was called "the most ungovernable state in the nation" because of...

Judge chosen to resentence Sandusky in child sex abuse case

Oct. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new judge is in place to handle the child sexual abuse resentencing hearing for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday issued an order appointing Judge Maureen Skerda to take over the case. The previous jurist, Judge John...

Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania

Oct. 4, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania law is ending a requirement that telephone customers who want to remain on the state's do-not-call registry have had to renew their listing every five years. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed changes to the Telemarketer Registration Act that also allow business...

Pennsylvania reports vaping death, investigating injuries

Oct. 4, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Health Department says one person in the state has died from lung injuries associated with vaping and it's investigating dozens of other suspected or confirmed cases. The state's health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced the death Friday and said Pennsylvania...

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct. 3, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took a step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions from power plants Thursday, part of an effort to fight climate change in a heavily populated and fossil fuel-rich state that has long been one of the nation's biggest polluters and power producers. Wolf, a...

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...

N. Carolina Congress map challenged again on partisan bias

Sep. 27, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Buoyed by a favorable ruling this month involving legislative districts, North Carolina voters sued again on Friday to overturn the state's congressional map, alleging Republican state lawmakers manipulated lines to maximize GOP seats. The registered Democrats and independents filed a...

Pennsylvania's top cop now supports legalizing marijuana

Sep. 27, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer is joining several other top state Democratic officials in backing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a Friday statement on Twitter that he changed his mind after months of...