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.

Pa. Senate bill aims to give extra help to vets who get into trouble with the law

By: - January 29, 2020

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Mike Regan, R-York, and Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, would allow Pennsylvania’s veteran courts, which offer special adjudication and sentencing for military veterans, to take jurisdiction of cases from neighboring counties.

Ex-prosecutor Dave Arnold sworn-in to represent Lebanon County’s 48th Senate District

By: - January 29, 2020

Dave Arnold’s swearing-in brings the Senate’s Republican caucus to 29 members -- a tally that includes one Independent lawmaker, Sen. John Yudichak, of Luzerne County.

This plan for universal paid family leave in Pa. has bipartisan support. Will it ever become law?

By: - January 29, 2020

When Jackie Swain’s infant daughter, Emersyn, was diagnosed with a rare heart disease in 2018, the Montgomery County resident took a sobering look at the options before her.  Swain could hire someone to care for Emersyn while she and her husband worked. Or she could quit her job as a cake decorator, which paid an […]

Facing pushback, Shapiro announces support for constitutional amendment changing voting requirements for commutations

By: - January 28, 2020

Shapiro took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to voice his support for a constitutional amendment sponsored by Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, that would reduce the number of votes a clemency seeker needs to commute a lifetime prison sentence.

Sen. Tom Killion, sponsor of Senate Bill 501.

Senate passes bill boosting sentences for repeat DUI offenders

By: - January 28, 2020

Drivers who commit repeat DUIs could face new surveillance and tougher criminal penalties if a bill Pennsylvania’s state Senate approved Tuesday becomes law. 

‘Anything but certain’: County election chiefs warn lawmakers of potential hurdles in 2020 election reform

By: - January 27, 2020

With just three months to go until Pennsylvanians cast ballots in April’s primary elections, the question of who will prevail in the hotly contested Democratic presidential race isn’t the only uncertainty ahead. County officials, who administer state, local and national elections for Pennsylvania voters, are also wondering what bumps they may encounter as they implement […]

Fetterman, Shapiro say they both believe in second chances. Pardons board votes tell two different stories

By: - January 24, 2020

The politicians currently on Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons both say they believe in second chances for convicted criminals. They’ve also been rumored — or outright admitted — to have ambitions for higher offices.

With vote looming Pa. probation officers line up against parts of House reform bill

By: - January 22, 2020

Current law requires officers to establish “reasonable suspicion” to obtain warrants to conduct property searches.

With their contract extended, PHEAA officials suggest improvements to controversial federal student loan program

By: - January 16, 2020

PHEAA, signed the contract extension shortly before Christmas, following a month of negotiations with officials from the U.S. Department of Education, CEO James Steeley told the board Thursday.

Pa. Corrections officials recommend shuttering state prison in Luzerne County. But Gov. Tom Wolf will have the final word

By: - January 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced its final recommendation to shutter SCI-Retreat, a 1,200-bed correctional facility in Luzerne County, in a 600-page report it submitted to Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday.

Management companies don’t have the same rights as charter schools, appeals board rules

By: - January 15, 2020

A powerful state board ruled on Tuesday that charter management companies, the private entities that primarily operate charter schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, don’t have the same rights as their charter school clients to challenge decisions by locally elected school boards. The decision that the six-member Charter Appeals Board handed down at its monthly meeting in […]

Republican Dave Arnold apparently on track to win in Pa. Senate special election

By: - January 14, 2020

The 48th District, which covers Lebanon and parts of York and Dauphin Counties, has been vacant since former Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican, resigned in September after being charged with possession of child pornography.