Shapiro signs bipartisan bill enhancing coverage for breast cancer screening, testing
By: Marley Parish - May 1, 2023
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro signed legislation — his first since taking office — that lawmakers hope will save lives by enhancing insurance coverage for breast cancer screening and genetic testing.
PASSHE board delays vote on tuition until July
By: Marley Parish - April 20, 2023
The requested state funding package, PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein said, would help maintain affordability at State System schools and address worker shortages by enrolling and graduating career-ready students.
Pa. Republican proposes FAFSA requirement for high school seniors
By: Marley Parish - April 19, 2023
The legislation will allow for opt-outs if a student has permission from a parent or guardian.
Pa. House panel advances relief for abuse victims in opposition to Senate amendment bundle
By: Peter Hall and Marley Parish - April 18, 2023
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday took another step on the tortuous path toward long-sought legal relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, but the route to making it a reality remains to be mapped out. The House Judiciary Committee advanced standalone versions of a proposed constitutional amendment that would give abuse survivors a two-year exception to […]
Shapiro administration moves to schedule sedative for animals found in illicit drugs
By: Marley Parish - April 18, 2023
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro noted that veterinarians in the commonwealth can still access xylazine for their work.
5 ways educators think lawmakers could help fix Pa.’s K-12 staffing crisis
By: Marley Parish - April 17, 2023
Officials are considering more concrete ways to address the state’s declining rate of teachers, which has left educators still in the classroom with increased workloads, and make long-term investments in the teaching profession.
Pa. lawmakers propose grant program to fund solar projects at K-12 schools, colleges
By: Marley Parish - April 16, 2023
State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Philadelphia, initially proposed the idea — dubbed the Solar for Schools Grant Program — in December.
Republican again proposes taxing skill games, calling them part ‘of the small business economy’
By: Marley Parish - April 13, 2023
Sen. Gene Yaw proposed that all skill games in Pennsylvania be “connected to a terminal collection and control system."
Pa. House committee advances bill to increase eating disorder awareness, identification among kids
By: Marley Parish - April 12, 2023
The proposal — which is the product of a group of constituents working to raise awareness — has been in the works for roughly six years.
Advocates urge against using taxpayer money to fund crisis pregnancy centers
By: Marley Parish and Cassie Miller - April 11, 2023
Pennsylvania reproductive health advocates want the next state budget to defund so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” arguing that they use misleading practices to deter abortion access.
Pa. Department of Education launches disability-inclusive curriculum pilot program
By: Marley Parish - April 5, 2023
Pennsylvania schools interested in participating in pilot program should apply online by 3 p.m. on May 15, 2023.
Pa. firefighters urge Shapiro to remove PFAS from gear, prioritize mental health support
By: Marley Parish - April 4, 2023
“Changes need to be made by manufacturers to remove this life-threatening chemical from our gear,” said Pat Miller, an Altoona firefighter and the western vice president of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.