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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.

What’s holding up Harrisburg lawmakers from making to-go cocktails permanent?

By: and - June 11, 2021

A top Senate Republican had a fundraiser at the home of someone who’d stand to benefit from private sales of canned cocktails this week.

Pa. General Assembly votes to terminate Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

By: - June 10, 2021

(*This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 6/10/21, to include comment from Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia.) For the first time in 15 months, Pennsylvania is no longer operating under a COVID-19 emergency declaration. Using its newly expanded emergency powers, the GOP-controlled Legislature voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration this week. […]

Senate advances ‘vaccine passport’ bill with new measure to restrict health secretary; Wolf will veto

By: - June 9, 2021

Three weeks after voters limited the emergency powers of Gov. Tom Wolf and his successors, the Pennsylvania state Senate has moved to impose similar restrictions on the state health secretary. The GOP-controlled chamber voted 29-20 on Wednesday to approve legislation that prohibits the Keystone State’s top public health official from mandating stay-at-home orders, imposing masking […]

Pa. House approves legislation to mandate disposal of fetal remains

By: - June 9, 2021

In a statement, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates called the bills “cruel and dangerous.”

Welcoming two new members, Pa. Senate back to full complement

By: - June 9, 2021

Joined by friends and family, Sens. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, and Chris Gebhard, R-Lebanon, were sworn into the chamber.

With a legacy at stake, Gov. Tom Wolf pushes for fair school funding

By: - June 8, 2021

“Gov. Wolf might be gone in 18 months, but he’s not gonna be forgotten,” Rep. Matthew Bradford, of Montgomery County, the top Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said. “His legacy is what we do on these school funding issues.”

Pa. GOP lawmakers stay quiet on who paid for their trip to see Arizona audit. What’s the impact?

By: - June 7, 2021

If an outside person or organization funded the delegation’s trip, it would most likely be reflected on annual financial disclosure forms, but those aren’t due until May 1, 2022.

After a year of Zoom and telework, Capitol staff make steady return to Harrisburg

By: - June 6, 2021

Pennsylvania is on pace to normalcy. And for some Capitol staff, that means heading back to the office. Statewide COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted, so offices can operate at full capacity — meaning that when lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week, more staff will come with them for the first time since remote work […]

After colleagues visit Arizona, top Pa. Senate Republican weighs election audit; House GOP says no

By: - June 3, 2021

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf called the trip to Arizona “an insult” to county election workers and Pennsylvania voters.

Gov. Wolf wants to ‘level the playing field’ with charter reform, but not everyone is on board

By: - June 3, 2021

Saying that he wants to bring accountability to what he describes as a broken system, Gov. Tom Wolf again has called on lawmakers to “level the playing field” with charter school reform

Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit

By: and - June 2, 2021

According to a press release from Mastriano, no taxpayer money was used on the trip.

‘These folks are not Hannibal Lecter’: Push to reform Pa. second-degree murder statute continues

By: - June 1, 2021

“We finally have to invest in our communities to do everything possible to interrupt a vicious cycle,” House Minority Leader JoannaMcClinton said.