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.

Trump budget would take millions away from disabled Americans, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge writes.

By: - April 17, 2019

In a New York Times op-Ed, the former Pennsylvania governor called on the Trump administration to restore all the funding it’s proposed to cut for disability programs.  

What are PFAS chemicals and what is Pennsylvania doing about them?

By: - April 17, 2019

Here’s a look at what PFAS chemicals are, and what Pennsylvania is doing to eradicate them from water and soil.

Pa.’s Board of Pardons sees spike in applications after eliminating fees

By: - April 15, 2019

In the four weeks since Pennsylvania announced it would be free to apply for pardons, the number of ex-offenders asking the state to forgive their crimes has nearly doubled, data from the lieutenant governor’s office shows. The Board of Pardons, which makes recommendations to the governor to grant pardons and clemency or commute sentences, has […]

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

By: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

Advisory committee approves controversial emissions regulation offered by Wolf administration

By: - April 12, 2019

A state advisory committee voted Thursday to advance a new regulation on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, despite concerns among environmental groups that it does not do enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Andrew Williams, who testified on the proposal on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund, confirmed the vote […]

Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, testified before the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

A former governor supports a bill to aid Pa.’s nuclear industry, but a Senate committee isn’t so sure

By: - April 10, 2019

Now that it’s been 15 years since he championed Pennsylvania’s clean energy law, Gov. Ed Rendell wishes he could go back in time and change a few things.

Senate Democrats want to give older clergy abuse victims the chance to sue — without changing the Constitution

By: - April 10, 2019

From Jerry Sandusky and Bill Cosby to clergy in the Catholic church, Pennsylvania is “ground zero” in a nationwide reckoning over how to support victims of sexual abuse.

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, addresses the Senate State Government Committee.

‘We have to give it a shot’: Redistricting bill passes Senate committee, as reformers call for more work

By: - April 10, 2019

A bill that would change the way Pennsylvania draws its political maps got the support of a Senate committee Tuesday, even though lawmakers and activists alike still think it needs some work.

Nurses and moms ask lawmakers to boost funding for at-home care programs

By: - April 9, 2019

This article has been updated to include the name of the Childhood Begins at Home Coalition, and to remove a reference to UPMC Pinnacle, which employs community health nurses who participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership program, but does enroll clients. Not long after Gov. Tom Wolf unveils his first draft of Pennsylvania’s budget in February, […]

Pa. governor candidates would get to pick their running mates under revived Senate bill

By: - April 8, 2019

A bill that would end the arranged marriage between the top of the ticket and his second in command advanced through a Senate committee Monday.

Sen. Tom Killion, R-Montgomery, rallies in the Capitol for Senate Bill 90, which would create a Red Flag gun control law.

‘Red flag’ bill would reduce firearm suicides in Pa., Wolf, gun-control advocates argue at Capitol rally

By: - April 8, 2019

“This is our top legislative priority,” said Marybeth Christansen, Pennsylvania leader of Moms Demand Action, a national gun control organization.

At annual gathering, Pa. conservatives take a victory lap on Trump’s judicial nominees

By: - April 7, 2019

More than 100 conservative activists gathered a hotel in suburban Harrisburg for the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference.