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Pa. Senate Democrats ask Wolf for disaster declaration to fight gun violence

BY: - June 24, 2019

In the face of legislative inaction on gun control, Democrats in the state Senate have asked Gov. Tom Wolf for a statewide disaster declaration on gun violence. “We believe it is necessary to raise the public’s awareness of the massive loss of human life and the suffering inflicted on affected family, friends and neighbors where […]

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Budget votes start Monday. What could possibly go wrong? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 22, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf is looking for a $12/hr minimum wage starting in July and then $15 by 2025. Republicans don't want it. Will it blow up the budget?

Senate approves York Co. lawmaker’s bill expanding access to opioid anti-overdose drugs

BY: - June 19, 2019

The state Senate on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation allowing first-responders, including EMS workers, to leave a dose of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone or a comparable treatment with a caregiver for someone who has overdosed. The bill was one of two sponsored by state Sen. Kristin Phillips Hill, R-York, that sailed through the […]

DePasquale launches audit of State Police’s instant background check system for gun purchases

BY: - June 19, 2019

As Philadelphia grapples with escalating gun violence, the state’s fiscal watchdog says he’s wants to make sure the system to keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them is working the way it’s intended to work. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday his audit of the Pennsylvania State Police’s Instant Check […]

Affordable housing bill unanimously clears key Senate committee hurdle

BY: - June 19, 2019

A bill that expands the state's affordable housing trust fund passed a Senate committee unanimously Wednesday.

Pa. Senate panel advances bill to beef up ban on snow-topped cars

BY: - June 19, 2019

A state Senate panel has advanced legislation beefing up an already-existing state law that allows police to fine drivers who don’t speedily clear snow and ice from the tops of their cars and trucks after heavy weather. On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Sens. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, and Dan […]

Gov. Wolf renews Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time

BY: - June 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday renewed Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time, giving the state more leeway to combat the addiction crisis. The Democrat signed the first 90-day declaration in January 2018. Since then, according to Wolf’s office, Pennsylvania has: “Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through take-back boxes; […]

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So what’s happening with Daylin Leach’s political support anyway? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 15, 2019

Facing allegations of sexual misconduct, the Montgomery County Democrat is ignoring mounting calls for his resignation.

Republicans pick Lewisburg businessman to run for House seat formerly held by Rep. Fred Keller

BY: - June 14, 2019

Democrats will name their candidate next Thursday, June 20, according to Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Brandon Cwalina.

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination

BY: - June 13, 2019

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Attorney General’s Office. Democratic elected officials from across Pennsylvania, including Attorney General Josh Shapiro, gathered in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill Thursday to hear, up close and personal, what it’s like when someone encounters harassment or hate for their race or religion. The event, hosted […]

AFL-CIO president will host NAFTA town hall in Pittsburgh

BY: - June 12, 2019

By Derek Robertson The president of the nation’s largest labor union announced Tuesday that he will hold a series of town halls about “union members’ struggles under NAFTA, and what working people want to see from the administration’s proposed USMCA [United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement].” The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka will travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan over […]

With new tip line in place, lawmakers push schools to address reported threats

BY: - June 11, 2019

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Pennsylvania's Legislature last year poured $60 million into school safety funding while also creating a statewide tip line to report threats of school violence.