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Marley Parish

Marley Parish

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.

To prevent future toll ‘leakage,’ Pa. Sen. Marty Flynn introduces Turnpike reform package

By: - November 26, 2021

In three pieces of legislation, the Scranton lawmaker proposes increased penalties for drivers who do not pay their tolls, mandated finance reporting from the Turnpike Commission to the General Assembly, and reinstated staffing at Turnpike interchanges.

What to know about the vendor that’s conducting the Pa. Senate’s election investigation

By: - November 23, 2021

The Pennsylvania Senate has entered into a six-month, $270,00 agreement with Envoy Sage, LLC as part of efforts to investigate the electoral process and identify possible weaknesses in the state’s election law.

Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends campaign after losing custody battle

By: - November 22, 2021

A Butler County judge deemed Laurie Snell, the estranged wife of Sean Parnell, a more credible witness.

A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?

By: - November 21, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, is the only Republican in legislative leadership who has not vocalized support for the gift ban.

Despite court delays, Senate GOP identifies third-party contractor to conduct Pa. election review

By: - November 19, 2021

Envoy Sage LLC, an Iowa-based company, was identified as the firm selected by Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, to review the state’s 2020 general and 2021 primary elections.

Progress expected in 2022, but it might take years before Pa. communities see impact of federal infrastructure bill

By: - November 18, 2021

The president signed the legislation Monday, but the job isn’t even halfway over, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters during a press call Thursday, adding that it’ll take a few years before projects take shape.

‘Do right by our children or find new jobs’: Education advocates call for fair school funding

By: - November 17, 2021

“For school districts all across the state of Pennsylvania, it’s not already raining — it’s a doggone hurricane,” the Rev. Dwayne Royster, the executive director of POWER Interfaith, a grassroots organization of state congregations, told more than 100 demonstrators holding handmade signs.

Pa. mask mandate must expire in December, state court judge says

By: - November 16, 2021

Absent further legal action, Pennsylvania’s universal mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care facilities will end in December, a state judge said Tuesday.

Pa. GOP Sen. Jake Corman officially enters 2022 governor’s race

By: - November 16, 2021

Sen. Jake Corman is up for reelection in 2022 and did not say whether he’s decided on making another run for Senate while campaigning for governor.

Lawsuit over Pa. school funding goes to trial, witness testimony begins next week

By: - November 12, 2021

The trial is expected to run through January and could change how Pennsylvania public schools are funded.

Years-old lawsuit challenging Pa. school funding heads to trial

By: - November 12, 2021

The trial, expected to span two months in Commonwealth Court, revolves around the formula used to fund Pennsylvania public schools.

Pa. Sen. Gene Yaw announces plans for legislation to tax, regulate ‘skill games’

By: - November 10, 2021

Some want so-called "skill games" banned, arguing that they result in millions of dollars lost by the Pennsylvania Lottery and casino industry each year, one Republican state lawmaker — who considers them a lifesaver for businesses — wants to tax the machines.