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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.

Top Pa. Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be necessary for election investigation

By: - September 7, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, isn’t hopeful acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid will participate in the first hearing as part of a probe into the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections. 

A school mask mandate takes effect in Pa. this week: Here’s what to know

By: - September 5, 2021

When Pennsylvania K-12 students and staff return to the classroom after Labor Day weekend, face coverings should be part of the dress code.

Pa. election investigation hearings begin next week, Senate committee seeks public testimony

By: - September 3, 2021

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee will hold the first public hearing as part of the investigation on Sept. 9 at the Capitol, chairman Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, announced late Thursday. A time and hearing room have yet to be determined.

Pa. Republicans eye constitutional amendment to restrict top health official, confine powers

By: - September 1, 2021

A group of three Republican senators announced plans for an amendment that would tie the state health secretary’s response powers to an existing public health disaster emergency declaration.

Gov. Wolf signs weather emergency proclamation, officials urge people to stay home

By: - September 1, 2021

More than 100 members of the National Guard have been deployed throughout the state to help with emergency response and a “multi-day event” to address impacts from the storm, PEMA Director Randy Padfield said.

In change of heart, Wolf admin uses health powers to order K-12 mask mandate in Pa.

By: and - August 31, 2021

The move is a reversal from Wolf's earlier stance. The Democratic governor had said earlier this month that it was up to school districts to mandate masks.

Two Pa. Democrats propose legislation to impose mask mandates in K-12 schools, childcare facilities

By: - August 30, 2021

Days after House and Senate leadership denied a request from Gov. Tom Wolf to mandate face coverings in public schools, Sens. Nikil Saval and Judy Schwank announced plans for legislation to establish a mandate for school staff and students.

‘It’s going to happen expeditiously.’ What to know about the newly restructured election probe

By: - August 29, 2021

“I’m committed to taking it wherever it takes me and wherever it takes this committee,” Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman said of the investigation. “And it’s going to happen expeditiously.”

‘The money is there’: Senate Democrats propose an alternative to immediate evictions, foreclosures

By: - August 26, 2021

“The money is there,” Sen. Nikil Saval told the Capital-Star. “The best tenant you can have is the one you already have who’s just unable to make payments by virtue of them not having access to other income.”

Despite a request from Gov. Wolf, GOP lawmakers won’t mandate masks in K-12 schools

By: - August 26, 2021

The Republican-controlled Legislature won’t be coming back to Harrisburg to mandates masks in K-12 schools.

Gov. Wolf asks Republican lawmakers to mandate masks in K-12 schools, child care centers

By: and - August 25, 2021

Wolf said he was “increasingly concerned about misinformation being spread to try to discredit a school district’s clear ability to implement masking.” 

‘Our fight is not over,’ Gov. Wolf says — but Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration is

By: - August 25, 2021

With overdose deaths at a three-year high, Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration ended Wednesday.