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.

Bill restoring school police arrest powers headed to Wolf

By: - November 22, 2019

A bill that will let school police officers in Pennsylvania resume making arrests is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, after securing final approval from the state Senate on Thursday.  The chamber’s 39-14 vote  reverses a mistake lawmakers made in June, when they approved a bill that inadvertently stripped school police officers of that authority.  […]

Pa. House, Senate approve bill upping the tobacco purchase age to 21 for most Pa. residents

By: - November 21, 2019

The bill provides a carve-out for active duty servicemembers who can legally purchase tobacco at 18.

Senate passes long-sought lawsuit reforms for clergy sexual abuse victims

By: - November 20, 2019

Survivors and their advocates hailed the action by the Pennsylvania state Senate as a partial victory Wednesday night, though they lamented the fact that it may be years before they can take advantage of a provision allowing them to bring decades-old cases to court.

As senior Senate GOP aide Crompton looks to a future on state court, critics have questions

By: - November 20, 2019

Drew Crompton says he's ready for a clean break from the Senate.

Veteran Dem Pa. Sen. John Yudichak says he’s becoming an independent

By: and - November 19, 2019

The veteran senator insisted that the move would help him better serve his constituents in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wolf nominates senior Senate GOP aide Crompton to fill appeals court vacancy

By: and - November 19, 2019

His nomination appeared on an executive calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 18, and could come before a Senate committee on the same day.

‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.

By: - November 18, 2019

The bills resemble legislation that died in the Senate in October 2018, when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, declined to bring them to the floor for a vote -- a move that outraged victims and their advocates.

Senate Committee throws support behind Wolf’s Secretary of State nominee

By: - November 18, 2019

The nomination of Kathy Boockvar, who's served as acting Secretary of State since January, now goes to the full Senate without a recommendation on her confirmation.

Future of Marsy’s Law unclear, but voters will still be able to see how it performs on Election Day

By: - November 3, 2019

A Commonwealth Court judge ruled this week that Pennsylvania’s top election official can’t tally or certify votes on Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that will go before voters on Nov. 5.  But that doesn’t mean that Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, which administer elections, can’t report unofficial results after the polls close. The Wednesday ruling by  […]

Report offers ‘simple’ fix to special education funding in Pennsylvania

By: - November 1, 2019

A state panel has less than a month to tell lawmakers if the Pennsylvania lawmakers whether they need to tweak the formula that distributes more than $1 billion in funding for special education each year. Pennsylvania’s Special Education Funding Commission, a 15-member panel of lawmakers and state agency officials, has traveled across the state this […]

Pa. Supreme Court asked to weigh in on last-minute challenge to Marsy’s Law

By: - November 1, 2019

A spokeswoman from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts could not predict when the Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the case. 

Pa.’s Corrections department could be on the hook for legal fees over prisoner mail policy lawsuit

By: - November 1, 2019

Documents obtained through a Right to Know request show that the agency has paid out more than $7 million in taxpayer-funded settlements for federal lawsuits in 2019.