Briefs

In Fox News op-Ed, Pa. Rep. Scott Perry blames ‘deep state’ for Trump impeachment inquiry

BY: - December 3, 2019

With the U.S. House  barreling toward an impeachment vote, two of President Donald Trump’s  staunchest allies tried to knock the legs out from under that effort, attacking some of the key witnesses that congressional Democrats used to build their case.

Overdose deaths down, Wolf says, renewing Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the 8th time

BY: - December 3, 2019

Pa.’s opioid prescriptions rate is now below the federal average and overdose deaths declined by 18 percent between 2017-18, the administration said.

Braddock official launches primary against progressive Democrat Summer Lee

BY: - December 2, 2019

Chris Roland, a North Braddock councilman and Allegheny County employee, told the Capital-Star last week that he was primarying Democratic Rep. Summer Lee. 

Superfund task force visits Philadelphia environmental education center

BY: - December 2, 2019

Federal environmental protection authorities are viewing the successful transformation of a formerly contaminated site in West Philadelphia as a model for transforming brownfields.

Wolf asks MLB not to cut ties with minor league teams in Erie, State College and Williamsport

BY: - December 2, 2019

Wolf stressed the impact that cutting the teams would have on local economies. Forty-two of 160 minor league teams could be affected.

Wolf signs bills raising tobacco purchase age to 21, allowing Sunday hunting

BY: - November 27, 2019

In a flurry of pre-holiday activity, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed a host of bills into law on Wednesday. But Pennsylvanians will want to take note of at least two that make some major changes to existing state statute. Wolf signed a bill raising the tobacco purchasing age for most Pennsylvanians from the current 18 […]

Democratic Rep. Neal Goodman is the latest legislative retirement

BY: - November 26, 2019

Goodman the fourth lawmaker to announce this month that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020

Dush announces retirement in 2020; third lawmaker to call it quits this November

BY: - November 26, 2019

Two other House lawmakers — Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Delaware — also announced their retirements this November.

MontCo Dem McCarter announces 2020 retirement

BY: - November 25, 2019

The second House lawmaker in a week, this time a Montgomery County Democrat, has announced their retirement come 2020.

COMMENTARY

So about that legislative gift ‘ban’ bill | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - November 23, 2019

A Pa. House Committee advanced a gift ban bill this week. It ends cash gifts to lawmakers and limit the value of other presents or travel that lawmakers can accept from lobbyists and other private citizens.

Bill restoring school police arrest powers headed to Wolf

BY: - November 22, 2019

A bill that will let school police officers in Pennsylvania resume making arrests is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, after securing final approval from the state Senate on Thursday.  The chamber’s 39-14 vote  reverses a mistake lawmakers made in June, when they approved a bill that inadvertently stripped school police officers of that authority.  […]