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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.

Union opposition to post-Janus proposal divides Republican caucus in Pa. House

By: - April 19, 2019

A bill that targets state unions and should be an easy sell to GOP lawmakers in the House has instead been stopped by a debate over how much to push a powerful interest group that has dug in its heels.

Six Pa. House members voted against naming the Eastern hellbender the state amphibian. Why?

By: - April 17, 2019

After two years of inter-chamber warfare, the Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to make the Eastern hellbender, a foot-long salamander native to the Keystone state’s creeks and streams, the commonwealth’s official amphibian.  The proposal originated in the Senate, where it was introduced by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, last year at the urging of students to bring […]

Reformers hope redistricting can open broader conversation on changing Harrisburg

By: - April 17, 2019

At their peak last year, Fair Districts PA’s neon green button-wearing members had convinced nearly 55 percent of the Pennsylvania House to sponsor a bill to create an independent citizens' redistricting commission.

Pa. environmental regulatory review board OKs study of cap and trade

By: - April 16, 2019

A state regulatory review board asked the Department of Environmental Protection to review a proposal from environmental groups to set up a cap and trade system in Pennsylvania. The Environmental Quality Board, which enacts state environmental regulations, approved studying the proposal further by a 14-5 vote Tuesday.  Filed late last year, the petition came from […]

Subsidies are in the spotlight as fossil fuel industries hammer proposed Pa. nuclear deal

By: - April 16, 2019

Advocates for Pennsylvania’s influential natural gas and coal industries laid into the nuclear industry during a Monday hearing on Pennsylvania’s proposed nuclear deal that would treat the industry’s five plants like solar, wind, and other alternative energy producers. Speaking to the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Rachel Gleason — executive director of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance […]

Pa. House committees advance more grand jury recommendations on Catholic clergy abuse

By: - April 15, 2019

The votes came less than a week after the full chamber gave the OK to a civil window for older sex abuse victims.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

By: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

Centre County lawmaker calls for Pennsylvania to regulate herbal supplement kratom

By: - April 13, 2019

A controversy over an over-the-counter herbal supplement has reached the Pennsylvania State House.

Sen. Tom Killion, R-Montgomery, rallies in the Capitol for Senate Bill 90, which would create a Red Flag gun control law.

In Pa. Legislature, outlier gun bills attract outsized attention

By: - April 12, 2019

Kim Stolfer and Shira Goodman don’t agree on much.

House passes child sex abuse statute reforms, kicks them to Senate, Scarnati

By: - April 10, 2019

By wide bipartisan margins, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

Fourth time a charm? Nurse practitioners rally for bill they say will expand health care access

By: - April 9, 2019

The state Senate has approved scope of practice expansions three times. Each time the bills have died in the state House.

Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the chance to sue

By: - April 8, 2019

A House committee advanced bills from two members who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday, as the lawmakers seek justice for minor victims.