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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.

GOP Feud: Corman changes forensic investigation, reassigns Mastriano’s staff in squabble over probe

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: and - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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.