There are no plans for them, but Pa. Senate panel approves bill banning vaccine ‘passports’
By: Marley Parish - May 24, 2021
Vaccine passports currently exist in New York; they prove an individual received their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
With new guidelines for emergency response, how will Pa. lawmakers address the opioid crisis?
By: Marley Parish - May 23, 2021
Advocates worry that Tuesday’s referendum vote limiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency powers will stifle efforts to treat and prevent addiction.
Despite vote to limit emergency powers, Pa. Gov. Wolf extends COVID-19 disaster declaration
By: Marley Parish - May 20, 2021
Wolf said the declaration allows more medical professionals to administer vaccines, provides families with access to food, and ensures counties and businesses are eligible for federal disaster recovery funding.
Tyler Titus notches historic win in Democratic primary race for Erie County executive
By: Marley Parish - May 19, 2021
With a win in the Erie County Democratic primary election on Tuesday night, Tyler Titus could become the first openly transgender-identifying person in the United States to serve as a county executive. Titus, a mental health professional and small business owner, emerged victorious with 32 percent of the vote in the four-way race, according to […]
In a pandemic rebuke, Pa. voters move to limit Wolf’s emergency powers; approve referenda questions on racial justice and fire depts
By: Stephen Caruso and Marley Parish - May 19, 2021
Republican legislators put the measures on the ballot in response to Wolf’s broad use of executive powers to combat the spread of COVID-19 since March 2020.
Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?
By: Marley Parish - May 17, 2021
A new package of bills could tighten the guidelines for Pennsylvania lobbyists. Though it’s a step toward reform, advocates say they need more details. In a statement released Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure […]
Some struggled to adjust to pandemic learning. A Pa. Senate bill could address gaps
By: Marley Parish - May 16, 2021
The legislation would give parents the power to decide if their child should advance to the next grade level.
Pa. lawmakers have been promoting May 18 ballot questions. One method is raising eyebrows
By: Marley Parish - May 14, 2021
For weeks, Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly have been spreading the word about two proposed constitutional amendments that would change how Pennsylvania responds to emergencies. But recent methods have raised ethical questions. In a recent mailer to constituents, Sen. Mike Regan, R-York, argued that voters in his suburban Harrisburg district would have a “stronger […]
An ‘energy choice’ bill has some lawmakers worried local government could lose power
By: Marley Parish - May 13, 2021
Though it's dubbed an “energy choice” bill, a proposal now before the state Senate has lawmakers worried that Pennsylvania municipalities will lose some power over local decisions.
Senate Democrats propose ‘New Deal’ spending plan for Pa. relief funds
By: Marley Parish - May 12, 2021
Democrats said their $6.15 billion plan focuses on creating jobs, opportunity and equity by investing in human services, economic development and public health.