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Pennsylvania Senate OKs $912M pandemic recovery aid bill

Jan. 27, 2021 8:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to distribute just over $900 million to aid schools and hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, as well as people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. The bill still requires approval...

Voters to get final say on limiting governor disaster powers

Jan. 27, 2021 4:19 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will likely soon get the final say about whether to limit the governor’s powers during a disaster emergency after a divided state House of Representatives endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday. House members voted 116 to 85 in the latest...

Limits on governor's disaster authority nears statewide vote

Jan. 26, 2021 7:51 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure Tuesday to take some emergency management power away from Pennsylvania's governors as lawmakers struck out at Gov. Tom Wolf's handling of the pandemic response. The Senate voted, 28-20, in a clash that fell largely along partisan...

Governor pins vaccine difficulties on supply overpromises

Jan. 26, 2021 5:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf defended Pennsylvania's rollout of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, saying it was left in the lurch by the Trump administration's overpromises and that a decentralized vaccine signup system should prove to be more efficient, as opposed to a centralized portal some...

In this image from video, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks at the U.S. Capitol Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. After two days of silence Perry confirmed a New York Times report, saying Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 that he had introduced then-President Donald Trump to a top Justice Department lawyer who, according to the newspaper, then discussed a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. (House Television via AP)

Perry: I 'obliged' Trump with introduction to Justice lawyer

Jan. 25, 2021 6:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After two days of silence, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania confirmed a New York Times report, saying Monday that he had introduced then-President Donald Trump to a top Justice Department lawyer who, according to the newspaper, discussed a plan to overturn the results...

Democratic lawmaker slams Pennsylvania over vaccine rollout

Jan. 22, 2021 7:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout as muddled on Friday — saying other states are doing a much better job at distribution and communication — while unions representing police and prison guards expressed outrage at having been...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor's disaster powers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency...

Governor names replacements for departing health secretary

Jan. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he would elevate two officials involved in his administration's response to the coronavirus to replace the departing Dr. Rachel Levine as his health secretary and physician general. Wolf said he intends to nominate a deputy chief of staff, Alison Beam, to...

Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, governor says

Jan. 20, 2021 4:43 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Employees of licensed child care facilities in Pennsylvania will be eligible for a one-time, $600 grant to reward them for providing a valuable service through the pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday. Wolf's administration said the money is coming from a federal...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 20, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Pennsylvanians want to know why more people are being vaccinated in other states while we wait Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com Jan. 14 People want more information about the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in...