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.
GOP Feud: Corman changes forensic investigation, reassigns Mastriano’s staff in squabble over probe
By: Marley Parish - August 20, 2021
'For six weeks, I’ve been working in good faith with my Republican leadership, and they’ve done nothing but stonewall me,' Sen. Doug Mastriano told a right-wing news outlet.
Pa. GOP lawmaker says the cause for a forensic election investigation is ‘weakened and diminished’
By: Marley Parish - August 19, 2021
Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said his cause had “been weakened and diminished,” a Republican state lawmaker behind an Arizona-style investigation of Pennsylvania’s election results has pressed pause on the probe.
Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative
By: Marley Parish - August 18, 2021
In a 7-4 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a letter to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, asking it to oppose the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Two Pa. lawmakers are working on bipartisan election reform. Here’s what they’ve proposed
By: Marley Parish - August 17, 2021
Two months after a panel of lawmakers released a report on election integrity, the Republican and Democratic heads of a Senate committee with election oversight are putting its recommendations into action.
Pa. Democrats running for U.S. Senate united in efforts to maintain party majority in Congress
By: Marley Parish - August 16, 2021
Democrats vying for the party nomination in the 2022 race to fill one of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senate seats are taking campaign efforts across the state — united in their efforts to maintain the party’s narrow majority in Washington.
Penn State won’t mandate COVID-19 vaccines, prompting questions about priorities
By: Marley Parish - August 13, 2021
Penn State University is doubling down on its decision not to enact a COVID-19 vaccine mandate — spurring accusations that its top officials are putting state funding ahead of community safety.
Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing
By: Marley Parish - August 12, 2021
All Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities should have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated for the coronavirus by Oct. 1, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.
Top Senate leader announces all expenses will be publicly available next month
By: Marley Parish and Stephen Caruso - August 11, 2021
All Senate expenses will be available online starting Sept. 1, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman announced Wednesday.
Pa. senator wants to establish liability for parents who ‘opt-out’ of mask mandates in K-12 schools
By: Marley Parish - August 11, 2021
Sen. Anthony Williams announced plans for legislation to establish liability for parents of children who refuse to comply with mask mandates in public schools if a classmate contracts the coronavirus or one of its variants.
Tioga County calls on Sen. Mastriano to stop ‘unnecessary chaos’ of forensic investigation
By: Marley Parish - August 10, 2021
The Tioga County commissioners asked Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, to stop his proposed forensic investigation into Pennsylvania elections.
Redistricting reform advocates want to end prison-based gerrymandering. Experts say it’s possible
By: Marley Parish - August 8, 2021
Prison-based gerrymandering can inflate population data with individuals who don’t necessarily live in a voting district full-time.
Pa. health officials are leaving mask mandates up to K-12 schools. A Senate committee has questions
By: Marley Parish - August 6, 2021
Pennsylvania students and teachers will return to the classroom in a few weeks, and there are no plans for another statewide mask mandate, but that didn’t stop Senate lawmakers from railing against masking recommendations for K-12 schools.