Marley Parish

Marley Parish covered the Senate for the Capital-Star.

Senate panel proceeds with election bill hearing despite Department of State absence

By: - October 5, 2021

The Senate State Government Committee met for 25 minutes on Tuesday.

Good gov’t advocates, voters request to join lawsuit to block Senate election investigation

By: - October 5, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the state chapters of Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and Make the Road, as well as eight voters, to join Attorney General Josh Shapiro's lawsuit against Senate Republicans.

As Pa. lawmakers evaluate the future of electric vehicles, this company is thinking strategically

By: - October 5, 2021

“This is the future, and I think we need to get ahead of this from a commonwealth perspective and realizing the potential this has to bring jobs and economic growth to our region,” Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc, R-Clearfield, said.

Pa. Sen. Regan proposes legalizing adult-use cannabis to fund State Police, community programs

By: - October 4, 2021

Sen. Mike Regan, R-York, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania.

Negotiations are ‘ongoing,’ but Senate panel has yet to hire third-party vendor for election probe

By: - October 4, 2021

“It wouldn’t make sense to spend taxpayer dollars for an investigation if the courts would overrule our clear constitutional legal authority to provide oversight,” Jason Thompson, a spokesperson for Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, told the Capital-Star.

Responding to frustrations, Health Department says it’s working on communication with K-12 schools

By: - October 1, 2021

“Of course, this school year has caused a lot of questions with a lot of schools operating in-person, and we’re doing our best to evolve our process to be more responsive,” acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam said.

Wolf administration responds to nationwide bus driver shortage, allows ‘limited’ reimbursements for families

By: - September 30, 2021

Wolf administration expands licensing opportunities to help schools struggling amid a nationwide bus driver shortage

Pa. to allocate $6.5M in federal relief to support, retain nursing industry

By: - September 29, 2021

The COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Initiative aims to recruit and retain Pennsylvania's nursing workforce.

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Pa. Senate panel advances proposal to opt-out of K-12 mask mandate

By: - September 28, 2021

A since-retracted German study has served as the backbone for Sen. Doug Mastriano’s opposition to the mask mandate and false claims that wearing face-coverings causes adverse health effects

Pa. Senate moves to bolster constitutional amendment process with increased training, transparency

By: - September 27, 2021

The Senate acted on a pair of bills to create additional requirements for the Department of State to publicize and explain ballot questions and establish further training for agency staff. 

Anti-abortion advocates flood Harrisburg for first Pennsylvania March for Life

By: - September 27, 2021

“We are pro-life,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said, leading at least a thousand attendees in a chant on the front Capitol steps. “We are pro-life. We are pro-life.”

Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’

By: - 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.