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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.

Senate OKs bill strengthening veto-bound firearm ordinance preemption

By: - January 25, 2022

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a GOP-penned — and veto-bound bill — that would punish municipalities for enacting firearm ordinances stricter than Pennsylvania law. The previously approved House legislation, authored by state Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette, makes towns and cities responsible for all legal costs in successful court challenges to local restrictions. The Senate on […]

Republican-penned amendment declaring no constitutional right to abortion advances to full Senate

By: - January 25, 2022

Republicans, who hold the majority in the General Assembly, appear to have adopted the strategy to circumvent Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and his veto pen since successfully curtailing the office’s emergency powers through a referendum.

Gift ban advocates target Pa. GOP leaders, urging an end to ‘Groundhog Day’

By: - January 24, 2022

Under Pennsylvania’s existing Ethics Act, state lawmakers and government employees can accept unlimited gifts — lodging, travel, entertainment, and meals — from anyone as long as they disclose those worth more than $250 on annual financial interest forms.

Courts likely to pick Pa. congressional map after Wolf, Legislature fall short

By: and - January 24, 2022

(*This story was updated at 6:04 p.m. 1/24/22 with comment from state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York and 9:03 p.m. with comment from Gov. Tom Wolf.) Despite some last-minute intrigue, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Monday passed a new congressional redistricting plan along party lines, 29-20, sending it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. But Wolf […]

What we know about the 2020 Fulton County election review through open records

By: - January 23, 2022

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about the review based on Right-to-Know Law requests granted by Fulton County

‘Nothing about us without us’ : Pa. advocates address statewide challenges to recovery

By: - January 20, 2022

The rallying cry of the recovery community is “nothing about us without us,” Bill Stauffer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, said.

Pa. Senate committee advances local firearm ordinance preemption bill

By: - January 19, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vowed to veto its companion bill, introduced by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Clearfield, which passed the Senate in November.

Senate committee advances bill to increase tax credit caps for scholarship funds

By: - January 19, 2022

Opponents argue the legislation will hurt public schools and lead to higher taxes. Democrats on the committee opposed it.

Government watchdog latest to sue Fulton County over missing 2020 election review documents

By: - January 16, 2022

The lawsuit asks the court to compel the release of election officials’ communications with outside parties, including those involved with reviewing the election results and voting equipment.

Pa. Supreme Court delays Fulton County election review

By: - January 14, 2022

'Dominion welcomes such reviews by accredited elections entities,' the company said in a statement to the Capital-Star. 'We have made this expressly clear to county officials many times, including in legal filings. Unfortunately, this inspection does not comply with existing federal or state requirements.'

Pa. borrowers to see relief after $1.85B settlement with Navient for ‘predatory’ practices

By: - January 13, 2022

The agreement will deliver $1.7 billion in private student loan cancellation to 66,000 borrowers nationwide and $95 million in restitution payments to 350,000 borrowers placed on certain long-term forbearances. 

David McCormick enters crowded Pa. U.S. Senate race; will seek Republican nomination

By: - January 13, 2022

Whoever fills the seat will replace retiring GOP U.S. Sen Pat Toomey, and the race could determine which party controls the upper chamber in Washington.