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Poll: Pennsylvania voters strongly support nuclear energy as Legislature debates bailout

BY: - March 28, 2019

Lawmakers may be skeptical about a plan to keep the state’s nuclear power plants afloat, but a new poll has found it has broad public support despite its anticipated cost to consumers.

Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown

BY: - March 27, 2019

Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]

Free college? ‘Why not?’ Lawmakers, educators, and students rally at the Capitol

BY: - March 27, 2019

It's not clear how the state would pay for such an effort, however.

Senate committee advances bill to ban sale of vaping products to minors

BY: - March 27, 2019

Lawmakers split on another measure that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum age to buy tobacco.

One-third of Pennsylvania counties taking action to replace voting systems by 2020

BY: - March 27, 2019

Counties across Pennsylvania are on track to replace their voting machines ahead of the 2020 primary elections, but some local officials still have concerns about how they’ll pay for them. Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told a Senate committee Tuesday that a third of Pennsylvania’s counties have taken action to upgrade their voting systems […]

Pa. House and Senate Democrats, Gov. Wolf tout bills fighting workplace harassment, discrimination

BY: - March 26, 2019

House and Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday to roll out a package of bills they say would ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all state residents.

‘There should definitely be censure’: Pa. freshman rep. calls for action after ‘Islamophobia’ in House prayer

BY: , and - March 26, 2019

'We need to be promoting inclusion, not division,' Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell told reporters Tuesday.

Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000

BY: - March 26, 2019

It’s been 30 years since Pennsylvania last raised its starting salary for teachers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say it’s time for another update. A bill in the Senate would codify the proposal, first raised in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget, to pay all teachers across the commonwealth a $45,000 starting salary — more […]

Muslim lawmaker calls for unity one day after Pa. House member delivers ‘Islamophobic’ prayer

BY: - March 26, 2019

A Muslim lawmaker in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly called for unity one day after a fellow House member delivered a prayer decried as Islamophobic. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Philadelphia, said Tuesday he’d been hesitant to offer the House’s “morning inspiration” in the past because of how inspiring other members had been. “I hope I’m able to inspire […]

The officer who fatally shot a black teen in East Pittsburgh was acquitted. But that’s not the end of the story in Harrisburg

BY: - March 26, 2019

On Friday, the former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in East Pittsburgh was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges. Supporters of Antwon Rose II, who was 17 at the time of his death in June 2018, took to the streets of neighboring Pittsburgh to protest the decision. State representatives, including Summer […]

#MeToo complaints against Pa. lawmakers would be investigated by independent office under legislation

BY: - March 26, 2019

With little fanfare, the Pennsylvania state House adopted new sexual harassment rules at the start of session, streamlining a process whose vagaries had allowed members to stick around despite misconduct allegations — even from fellow members. On Monday, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate proposed a process to look into sexual misconduct in the […]

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’

BY: and - March 25, 2019

A first-year member of the Pennsylvania House on Monday offered a prayer laden with political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber's first Muslim woman.