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From fireworks restrictions to abortion access, here’s the week in review | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 2, 2022

On Wednesday, New Jersey passed legislation that would ban the extradition of people who get or perform abortions in New Jersey to states that criminalize the procedure.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

House and Senate cancel holiday weekend sessions after missing budget deadline

BY: - July 1, 2022

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for patience and said budget negotiations were complex and unique as leaders debate how to spend $2.2 billion in pandemic funding.

House passes bill blocking DEP from issuing some wind project permits without feds’ approval

BY: - July 1, 2022

The state House voted 189-11 on Friday to approve a bill sponsored by Rep. Zachary Mako, R-Northampton barring the state Department of Environmental Protection from issuing permits for the construction of wind turbines in the commonwealth that  “may negatively impact a military installation's airspace, flight paths or established training needs” without the approval of federal officials.

Syringe and a flask and a vial.

Lower insulin co-pays, list prices targeted in new bipartisan U.S. Senate bill

BY: - July 1, 2022

'Too many Americans are forced to ration their insulin, forced to decide what else to pay for, which puts their health and lives in danger. It is time for this to change,' U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said.

Commonwealth Court finds PennDOT’s public-private partnership board bridge tolling plan invalid

BY: - June 30, 2022

A panel of Commonwealth Court judges said PennDOT's P3 board didn't follow the process laid out for initiating transportation projects, declaring a plan to toll interstate highway bridges invalid.

Pa. Senate approves bill restricting fireworks

BY: - June 30, 2022

The bill, introduced by Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks, passed the upper chamber with a 44-6 vote. It now goes back to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Biden says he supports filibuster exception for abortion rights legislation

BY: - June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday said he supports an exception to the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, after the Supreme Court last week struck down the case that established abortion as a constitutional right. “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, […]

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

BY: and - June 30, 2022

The ruling 'undercuts good-faith efforts to fight climate change and protect clean air but that does not mean we will stop fighting,' acting DEP Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said.

N.J. set to become haven for out-of-staters seeking abortions

BY: - June 30, 2022

Bill would ban extradition of anyone seeking or providing abortions in N.J.

House adopts resolution to investigate Philly DA Krasner over objections of city lawmakers

BY: - June 29, 2022

Over the fiery objections of Philadelphia lawmakers, the state House adopted a resolution to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Senate approves limits on ‘sexually explicit’ content, gender identity discussions in schools

BY: - June 29, 2022

After nearly two hours of debate on Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to send the proposals — introduced by Lancaster Republican Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin — to the House of Representatives for consideration.

State Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberlaand, speaks in support of House Bill 972 during a Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate approves veto-bound legislation targeting transgender girls, women in school sports

BY: - June 29, 2022

The upper chamber voted 30-20 to send the proposal to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who has already promised to veto the legislation, authored by state Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland.