Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.
House and Senate cancel holiday weekend sessions after missing budget deadline
By: Peter Hall - July 1, 2022
House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for patience and said budget negotiations were complex and unique as leaders debate how to spend $2.2 billion in pandemic funding.
Commonwealth Court finds PennDOT’s public-private partnership board bridge tolling plan invalid
By: Peter Hall - June 30, 2022
A panel of Commonwealth Court judges said PennDOT's P3 board didn't follow the process laid out for initiating transportation projects, declaring a plan to toll interstate highway bridges invalid.
House adopts resolution to investigate Philly DA Krasner over objections of city lawmakers
By: Peter Hall - June 29, 2022
Over the fiery objections of Philadelphia lawmakers, the state House adopted a resolution to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
The clock is ticking for lawmakers, Wolf to agree on 2022-23 budget. What to know so far
By: Marley Parish and Peter Hall - June 28, 2022
Lawmakers have until midnight on Thursday to pass a spending plan that allocates billions of dollars to fund education, economic growth, community development, and human services.
Mastriano pitches 25-year mandatory sentences for fentanyl dealers in fatal overdose cases
By: Peter Hall - June 27, 2022
With parents whose children died of fentanyl overdoses, Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano proposed 25-year mandatory minimum sentences for dealers who provide deadly overdoses of the drug
Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision
By: John L. Micek and Peter Hall - June 24, 2022
Here's how Pennsylvania's elected officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court's abortion ruling on Friday.
House Democrats pitch bills to take on price-fixing and price-gouging
By: Peter Hall - June 22, 2022
As the war in Ukraine and other factors drive inflation, companies report record profits and House Democrats have a slate of bills they say would stop corporate price-fixing.
Judiciary committee deletes age restrictions for assault weapon ownership
By: Peter Hall - June 21, 2022
House Republicans stripped a bill barring people younger than 21 from obtaining assault weapons and replaced it with concealed-carry language Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed in December.
Shapiro emerges from primary season with strong fundraising advantage over Mastriano
By: Peter Hall - June 20, 2022
Democrat Josh Shapiro holds a massive fundraising lead over Republican opponent Doug Mastriano going into the summer campaign season.
Budget mavens Browne and Saylor’s reelection losses not a factor in negotiations, experts say
By: Peter Hall - June 12, 2022
Sen. Pat Browne and Rep. Stanley Saylor, the Legislature's top budget negotiators, lost their reelection bids to primary opponents, but if this election season is unusual, that's unlikely to be the reason.
Senate bill barring third party election funding advances in House
By: Peter Hall - June 8, 2022
A House panel approved legislation barring counties from taking non-government money to fund elections, setting up renewed debate on an appropriation for election aid.
Pa. House panel approves funding scheme to pay for cleaning up abandoned wells
By: Peter Hall - June 7, 2022
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a pair of bills that would establish a scheme to close hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells using federal money.