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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.

‘We have an obligation’: House Republicans advance bills to restrict reproductive health, expand gun rights

By: and - May 25, 2021

The opening salvoes of the 2022 culture wars sounded in committee rooms of the Republican-controlled chamber on Tuesday.

There are no plans for them, but Pa. Senate panel approves bill banning vaccine ‘passports’

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