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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is the Capital-Star's House reporter. He previously covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter. You can reach him at 845-891-4306.

Capital-Star Q+A: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Guy Ciarrocchi says he can jumpstart Pa.’s economy

By: - December 31, 2021

Ciarrocchi has argued that the economy is the most important issue in the race, and thinks he can use his mix of experiences — including his time as chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley — to change how the state’s bureaucracy works with businesses to encourage economic growth.

Pa. lawmakers say they have time to draw maps; but state courts, Wolf admin. disagree

By: - December 22, 2021

Pennsylvania lost one congressional seat in the 2020 census, the lawsuits argue, making a timely new map even more critical. The state is going from 18 to 17 congressional seats.

Wolf vetoes school curriculum bill; signs nine others, including broadband authority, into law

By: - December 22, 2021

State law already requires public schools to allow parents and guardians access to their child’s curriculum, academic standards, instructional materials, and assessment techniques by request.

Pa. Supreme Court rules against Marsy’s Law; says victims’ right amendment cannot be enacted

By: - December 21, 2021

The amendment passed the General Assembly late last decade, and would have, in a single question, given victim’s the right to petition a judge if they were not informed about the accused’s case or did not have the ability to attend the trial or subsequent hearings. 

National Democrats file new suit asking state courts to draw Pa. congressional map

By: - December 17, 2021

The state had 18 the last decade, but lost one due to population gains in the other states after the 2020 census. The new population numbers also leave the state’s map malapportioned, unlawful and in need of an immediate redraw, the suit argues.

Panel approves new Pa. legislative maps that leaves incumbents in the lurch

By: - December 16, 2021

With the map’s approval Thursday, the public — including citizens and lawmakers — have 30 days to submit comments.

New district maps loom over Pa. lawmakers ahead of long-awaited reveal

By: - December 16, 2021

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly finished off its last week of lawmaking of 2021, the specter of a key vote on Thursday — one entirely outside of its control — loomed over their debates. “You know, today, the chatter in this building is maps,” state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene, quipped on the House floor while […]

General Assembly sends Wolf bill creating new Pa. broadband authority

By: - December 15, 2021

Areas that receive the funding must have download speeds of less than 100 megabits per- second, and upload speeds of 20 megabits per-second — a new, high standard championed by lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Pa. House tweaks congressional map before Christmas, hopes for fresh tidings from Wolf

By: - December 15, 2021

It unifies three split counties represented by GOP committee members, splits Dauphin County three ways.

Curriculum transparency bill heads to Wolf’s desk, who opposes it

By: and - December 15, 2021

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House voted along party lines 112-88 Wednesday to approve the legislation, authored by state Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin.

W.Pa. Rep. Austin Davis to enter Pa. Lt. Gov race with Dem Josh Shapiro’s backing

By: - December 14, 2021

'I'm humbled and excited to have the support of so many of my colleagues from across the Commonwealth,' Davis said.

Pa. House moves to reform bridge naming process

By: - December 14, 2021

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve legislation sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester, that would give private citizens the ability to name roads themselves if they secure community input, collect money to replace road signs, and apply to PennDOT.