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Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.

Transgender Pa. prison inmate sues Corrections Dept., claiming they were denied proper healthcare

By: - February 11, 2020

The lawsuit, filed last month in the U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania’s Western District in Pittsburgh, seeks monetary damages and immediate medical care and housing accommodations for the prisoner, who was born as a woman but does not identify as male or female, according to court documents. 

Map: Pa. education officials hit the road to hear input on new science standards

By: - February 11, 2020

The department recently announced a statewide listening tour to collect public input as Pennsylvania prepares to reboot its K-12 science standards for the first time in 20 years.

It’s AG Josh Shapiro’s job to defend state agencies in court. Here’s why PHEAA is an exception

By: - February 7, 2020

Pennsylvania’s top lawyer can’t represent the state agency without compromising his duty to taxpayers. 

Amid objections, Senate GOP bottles up Bucks lawmaker’s resolution honoring Pa.’s LGBTQ youth

By: - February 5, 2020

The Bucks County-based Rainbow Room, which offers free events and educational programs for LGBTQ youth, will host its annual prom for queer teenagers on Feb. 15 this year, one day after Valentines Day.  State Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, hoped to stop by the event and present the teens with a proclamation declaring the Senate’s support […]

Senate committee gives green light to sheltered bike lanes

By: - February 5, 2020

Pennsylvania state lawmakers came one step closer Wednesday to authorizing safer bike lanes on state-owned streets across the Commonwealth

Pa. Lawmakers send natural gas tax credit for Wolf, who’s promised veto

By: and - February 4, 2020

Setting the stage for a gubernatorial veto and potential override showdown, state lawmakers have approved a $450 million tax credit designed to bring methane processing plants to northeastern Pennsylvania. 

‘Long on aspirations, short on details’: Pa. Republicans set tough path for Wolf’s 2020 budget 

By: - February 4, 2020

It didn’t take long for Republican leaders in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Tuesday to sum up their thoughts on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s $36 billion budget proposal. “This budget is about more spending, more taxes, and more debt,” Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, who leads high-level budget negotiations as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said. […]

In his 6th budget, Wolf mixes old plans with new pitches for college grants, universal kindergarten

By: and - February 4, 2020

Now, in his sixth budget address, Wolf doubled down on his self-proclaimed title as the “education governor” by pushing progressive policies for learners from cradle to college, as well as cash infusions for gun violence reduction initiatives and workforce development programs. 

Wolf promises veto on natural gas tax incentive

By: - February 3, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf has pledged to veto a bill offering millions of dollars in tax credits to businesses that build new petrochemical or fertilizer production plants in Northeastern Pennsylvania

‘It’s about damn time’: Momentum to pass LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill is growing

By: - February 3, 2020

Legislation protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination has met roadblocks in Pennsylvania since 1976 — the first year such a bill was introduced in the state’s General Assembly.  After more than 50 years of false starts, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, says “it’s about damn time” for that to change. “Leaving behind talented individuals because of [their] […]

‘A form of torture’: Lawmakers, advocates seek to reduce use of solitary confinement

By: - February 3, 2020

Calling the practice torturous and degrading, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, clergy and prison reform advocates gathered in the state Capitol Monday to call for new laws limiting solitary confinement of prisoners across the state. The event took place the same day that advocates erected an 8×12 foot solitary confinement cell in the Capitol. Outfitted […]

New F&M poll: Pennsylvania voters split on fracking

By: - January 30, 2020

Pennsylvania voters are split nearly down the middle on an environmental issue that could be vital in the 2020 presidential election.  Registered voters in the Keystone State have no clear consensus on the costs and benefits of natural gas extraction, including the hydraulic drilling technique known as fracking, results from a new Franklin & Marshall […]