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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.

Pa. House approves $45.2B budget, sends it to Senate

By: and - July 7, 2022

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday passed a roughly $45.2 billion budget plan that includes an $850 million increase for K-12 school districts and more money for mental health and environmental protection.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate GOP warns of possible budget impasse one week into the new fiscal year

By: - July 7, 2022

Pennsylvania lawmakers were cautiously optimistic on Wednesday that they would reach a budget agreement with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf by the end of the week.

Pa. Senate approves bill restricting fireworks

By: - June 30, 2022

The bill, introduced by Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks, passed the upper chamber with a 44-6 vote. It now goes back to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Senate approves limits on ‘sexually explicit’ content, gender identity discussions in schools

By: - June 29, 2022

After nearly two hours of debate on Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to send the proposals — introduced by Lancaster Republican Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin — to the House of Representatives for consideration.

State Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberlaand, speaks in support of House Bill 972 during a Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate approves veto-bound legislation targeting transgender girls, women in school sports

By: - June 29, 2022

The upper chamber voted 30-20 to send the proposal to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already promised to veto the legislation, authored by state Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The clock is ticking for lawmakers, Wolf to agree on 2022-23 budget. What to know so far

By: and - June 28, 2022

Lawmakers have until midnight on Thursday to pass a spending plan that allocates billions of dollars to fund education, economic growth, community development, and human services.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. What does that mean in Pennsylvania?

By: - June 24, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. What does that mean for abortion access and reproductive rights in Pennsylvania?

U.S. House committee outlines how U.S. Rep. Scott Perry pushed to restructure Justice Department

By: - June 23, 2022

In the days leading up to the Jan. 6, 2020, attack on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry pushed to restructure the Department of Justice as former President Donald Trump and his allies led efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

U.S. House committee examines efforts to pressure GOP state officials — including in Pa. — to overturn 2020 election

By: - June 21, 2022

In a Tuesday hearing, the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack at the U.S. Capitol showed testimony from House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and played voicemails left by Trump lawyers who pushed unsubstantiated claims of a fraudulent election.

Pa. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform

By: - June 20, 2022

With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.

Abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania. What to know about existing requirements, access

By: - June 17, 2022

Abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania. Here's what to know about the procedure and existing law in the commonwealth.

Pa. Senate committee advances proposals responding to Russia’s war on Ukraine

By: - June 14, 2022

The Senate State Government Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve two pieces of legislation prohibiting government contracts with Russia and Belarus and divesting public holdings connected with the countries as the war on Ukraine continues.