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.
Gov. Wolf asks Republican lawmakers to mandate masks in K-12 schools, child care centers
By: Marley Parish and Stephen Caruso - August 25, 2021
Wolf said he was “increasingly concerned about misinformation being spread to try to discredit a school district’s clear ability to implement masking.”
‘Our fight is not over,’ Gov. Wolf says — but Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration is
By: Marley Parish - August 25, 2021
With overdose deaths at a three-year high, Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration ended Wednesday.
Pa. Republican lawmakers chime in on debate over K-12 school mask mandates
By: Marley Parish - August 25, 2021
In a Monday letter to school superintendents and board presidents, eight legislative Republicans urged districts in Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and York counties to leave the decision on mask-wearing up to families.
Months after its launch, risk-limiting election audit pilot comes under review by Senate panel
By: Marley Parish - August 24, 2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid outlined the risk-limiting audit, a post-election review piloted during the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections, before a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Pa. GOP lawmaker says he’s taking election investigation ‘very seriously’
By: Marley Parish - August 23, 2021
Sen. Cris Dush, now tasked with leading an investigation into the state’s elections, says he’s taking the newfound responsibility “very seriously.”
GOP Feud: Corman changes forensic investigation, reassigns Mastriano’s staff in squabble over probe
By: Marley Parish - August 20, 2021
'For six weeks, I’ve been working in good faith with my Republican leadership, and they’ve done nothing but stonewall me,' Sen. Doug Mastriano told a right-wing news outlet.
Pa. GOP lawmaker says the cause for a forensic election investigation is ‘weakened and diminished’
By: Marley Parish - August 19, 2021
Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said his cause had “been weakened and diminished,” a Republican state lawmaker behind an Arizona-style investigation of Pennsylvania’s election results has pressed pause on the probe.
Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative
By: Marley Parish - August 18, 2021
In a 7-4 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a letter to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, asking it to oppose the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Two Pa. lawmakers are working on bipartisan election reform. Here’s what they’ve proposed
By: Marley Parish - August 17, 2021
Two months after a panel of lawmakers released a report on election integrity, the Republican and Democratic heads of a Senate committee with election oversight are putting its recommendations into action.
Pa. Democrats running for U.S. Senate united in efforts to maintain party majority in Congress
By: Marley Parish - August 16, 2021
Democrats vying for the party nomination in the 2022 race to fill one of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senate seats are taking campaign efforts across the state — united in their efforts to maintain the party’s narrow majority in Washington.
Penn State won’t mandate COVID-19 vaccines, prompting questions about priorities
By: Marley Parish - August 13, 2021
Penn State University is doubling down on its decision not to enact a COVID-19 vaccine mandate — spurring accusations that its top officials are putting state funding ahead of community safety.
Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing
By: Marley Parish - August 12, 2021
All Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities should have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated for the coronavirus by Oct. 1, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.