A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.
Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’
By: Marley Parish - September 24, 2021
The 11-page bill allows for precanvassing of mail-in ballots at least three days before an election and moves back the deadline to receive applications for mail-in ballots from one week to two weeks before an election.
Pa.’s top prosecutor sues to block subpoenas issued as part of Senate GOP election investigation
By: Stephen Caruso and Marley Parish - September 23, 2021
In an 85-page suit, Attorney General Josh Shapiro argues that the subpoenas issued as part of the election investigation threaten Pennsylvanians’ rights to “free and fair elections and to the protection of their personal information.”
Pa. educators ask for a seat at the table in response to K-12 mask mandate, COVID-19 mitigation
By: Marley Parish - September 23, 2021
"We as school administrators have been put in a position to absorb everything that politics creates, and it is breaking the will of decent, loving people," Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School Director Barry Fillman. "They cannot get at you to air their grievances. They come to us.”
Pa. Sen. Mastriano barred from attending private Senate GOP meetings
By: Marley Parish and Stephen Caruso - September 22, 2021
Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, will no longer have access to closed-door caucus meetings.
‘This is not a small number’: Senate committee tackles $104M deficit in Pa. Turnpike tolls
By: Marley Parish - September 22, 2021
The Pennsylvania Turnpike reported a nearly $105 million deficit in toll revenue "leakage."
Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law
By: Marley Parish - September 21, 2021
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether the Marsy’s Law amendment, which appeared on the 2019 general election ballot, should have been presented in separate questions.
‘We waited our entire childhood.’ Advocates urge Senate to approve window for sex abuse cases
By: Marley Parish - September 20, 2021
“Do you know what the cost of waiting is?” LaQuisha Anthony asked during a Monday rally, urging the state Senate to vote on legislation that would open a two-year window for child sex abuse survivors to pursue civil lawsuits against their abusers.
‘There just aren’t enough words’: 20 years later, former Gov. Tom Ridge, staffers reflect on 9/11
By: Marley Parish - September 11, 2021
When their pagers went off, it was time to leave Royal Oaks Golf Club, bring Gov. Tom Ridge back from Erie, and go to work.
Pa. Senate committee launches election investigation, beginning with 2020 guidance
By: Marley Parish - September 9, 2021
Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Stuart Ulsh, the only local official to testify before the 11-member panel, said that while guidance sent by the state agency with election oversight was confusing, there is no evidence of fraud.
Top Pa. Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be necessary for election investigation
By: Marley Parish - September 7, 2021
Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, isn’t hopeful acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid will participate in the first hearing as part of a probe into the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections.
A school mask mandate takes effect in Pa. this week: Here’s what to know
By: Marley Parish - September 5, 2021
When Pennsylvania K-12 students and staff return to the classroom after Labor Day weekend, face coverings should be part of the dress code.
Pa. election investigation hearings begin next week, Senate committee seeks public testimony
By: Marley Parish - September 3, 2021
The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee will hold the first public hearing as part of the investigation on Sept. 9 at the Capitol, chairman Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, announced late Thursday. A time and hearing room have yet to be determined.