Briefs

Bill allowing personal testing equipment, Fentanyl test strips passes House committee

BY: - May 25, 2022

Current state law categorizes “testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of controlled substances” as “drug paraphernalia.”

Pa. GOP U.S. Senate primary race headed for a recount

BY: - May 25, 2022

Unofficial results for the contest from all 67 counties show Oz with 419,365 votes and McCormick with 418,463 votes.

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Iowa fast-food worker’s wage lawsuit survives in U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed a small, but potentially significant, victory to a fast-food worker from Iowa and, perhaps. beyond.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell to leave Wolf admin on July 2

BY: - May 23, 2022

The Wolf administration said that it plans to tap DEP Executive Secretary of Programs Ramez Ziadeh, to serve as acting secretary following McDonnell’s departure next month. 

Philly Council approves bill allowing ticketing, towing of abandoned vehicles

BY: - May 23, 2022

Philadelphia Police will no longer have to enforce these violations under the newly approved council legislation.

COMMENTARY

Doug Mastriano’s primary win, explained | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - May 21, 2022

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, who trafficked in baseless claims of election fraud has won the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination.

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in April

BY: - May 20, 2022

Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s April 2022 unemployment rate is 2.1 percentage points below its April 2021 unemployment rate. 

Pa.’s GOP U.S. Senate race still too close to call. Here’s what to know

BY: - May 19, 2022

Pennsylvania election law requires a recount if the difference between the final two candidates for a statewide office is 0.5 percent of the vote or less.

Pa. GOP U.S. Senate race likely to trigger a recount

BY: - May 18, 2022

With less than a percentage point separating Trump-endorsed celebrity heart surgeon Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick as they vie for the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, the race is likely to see a recount. As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, unofficial and incomplete results show the candidates within the 0.5 […]

Following a stroke, Lt. Gov. Fetterman says he’s fit to resume duties next week

BY: - May 18, 2022

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman submitted a formal declaration to the Legislature on Wednesday, informing House and Senate leaders that he is fit to serve, effective in four days.

Waxman wins Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s 182nd House District seat

BY: - May 18, 2022

In the race to fill his seat, Sims endorsed Alvarez, director of community engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ care coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.