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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.

House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance

By: - May 14, 2019

Lawmakers in the state House said Tuesday they hope a package of bills now working its way through the chamber will help teenage foster children transition from young adulthood into maturity. “We have our own support networks in place, and we assume they’re in place for everyone,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said at […]

How one Republican lawmaker is trying to balance gun rights and due process in Pennsylvania

By: - May 14, 2019

The state ACLU has gone from opposed to neutral on a propose "red flag law."

Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban

By: - May 9, 2019

Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, told the Capital-Star that she had stood up and waved her hand to make a motion to send the bill back to committee.

‘The people of Pennsylvania expect better from us:’ Outrage-filled week punctuated with bipartisan call for civility

By: and - May 9, 2019

A string of controversial actions by lawmakers in the state House  — from abortion-protester harassment to white nationalist selfies — led Democratic and Republican leadership on Wednesday to call on lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric and focus on respectful legislating, while also acknowledging “the nation is watching.” “There is no room for hate in […]

House passes $100 million expansion of private school scholarship tax credit

By: - May 7, 2019

The House voted Tuesday to nearly double the size of a state tax credit for individuals and businesses that donate money for private school scholarships.

Dem Rep. Brian Sims makes national headlines in viral video condemning Planned Parenthood protesters

By: - May 7, 2019

A Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia is facing mounting criticism after he posted a Twitter video of himself haranguing women outside an abortion clinic. Rep. Brian Sims is seen in the May 2 video berating the woman, who were protesting outside the offices of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, asking them, “Have you fed any […]

Turzai lends support to gift ban after activists shower lawmakers with dollar bills, get arrested

By: - May 6, 2019

Twenty activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday, after dropping dollars labeled “bribe” and blocking a building entrance in an attempt to pressure the state House to pass what they say is a long overdue gift ban. The activists came from March On Harrisburg, a grassroots anti-corruption organization, at the conclusion of a nine-day […]

GOP-controlled state House panel advances Down syndrome abortion ban

By: - May 6, 2019

The House Health Committee voted along party lines Monday to advance a controversial proposal to ban abortions after an in-utero Down syndrome diagnosis. The panel voted 15-9 to approve legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York, that amends current state law to add a Down syndrome diagnosis to the list of conditions under which a […]

‘This is the best opportunity we’ve had’: Why advocates think this could be the year Pa. bans LGBTQ discrimination

By: - May 5, 2019

Just five years ago, central Pennsylvania voters rejected an incumbent after he came out as gay. Former Rep. Mike Fleck, a Republican from Huntingdon County, lost a tight primary in 2014, two years after he first publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation. Since then, state lawmakers who remain have tried time and time again to ban […]

GOP electeds call for Lebanon County Republican chair to resign over ‘racist’ mailer

By: - May 3, 2019

In an intra-party scrum gone public, three Republican lawmakers from Lebanon County are calling on the county’s GOP chairman to resign over what they say is a “racist” mailer directed at an incumbent county commissioner. Sen. Mike Folmer and Reps. Russ Diamond and Frank Ryan called for local party boss Casey Long to resign in […]