‘This is about censorship’: Lawmakers, experts debate the impact and consequences of book bans

BY: - October 5, 2023

“This is not about parental rights,” Friel said. “This is about censorship. It's about marginalizing people. It's about marginalizing communities. It's about marginalizing ideas. And I've said this many times, parents absolutely have the right to determine what is appropriate for their child. They just do not have the right to determine it for everyone else's.” 

Casey visits Harrisburg, celebrates the newly enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

BY: - July 21, 2023

Talking to reporters on Friday, Casey said he was “grateful” to see the PWFA enacted after a decade of work to get it across the finish line. 

Pa. lawmakers introduce Abortion Protections Package, proposing safeguards for patients, providers

BY: - July 18, 2023

Just over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court gave state legislatures authority over abortion and its legality, two Pennsylvania Democrats are preparing a legislative package ensuring protections for reproductive care.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Democrat proposes statewide protections for pregnant workers, building on federal PWFA

BY: - July 11, 2023

Sen. Amanda Cappelletti said the proposal is a “commonsense” bill that protects pregnant people without creating “a significant burden” on employers.

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

Bill banning pre-checked, recurring campaign donation box sees committee approval

BY: - May 9, 2023

A pre-checked box that signs campaign donors up for recurring contributions could soon be banned in Pennsylvania.

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

Pa. Democrat proposes salary transparency requirements

BY: - March 16, 2023

The bill would require that employers disclose the pay range on job postings or the minimum compensation if a range doesn’t exist.

Democrats seize on Oz’s ‘women, doctors, local political leaders’ abortion response

BY: - October 27, 2022

Asked how he would vote on a proposed national 15-week abortion ban, the celebrity heart surgeon said he opposes the federal government dictating abortion policies, adding that authority should rest with women, their physicians — and local politicians.

Democratic lawmakers, reproductive rights advocates rally in support of abortion access in Pa.

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just one day before Democratic lawmakers, physicians, and reproductive rights advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to support keeping abortion legal and accessible, thousands of anti-abortion proponents attended the Pennsylvania March for Life.

In Philly, maternal mortality, health care inequities take center stage at abortion access hearing

BY: - July 26, 2022

The hearing, the second in a series of meetings about reproductive healthcare in Pennsylvania, focused on the impact abortion bans would have on Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality rate and the implications for OB-GYN physicians, as well as how advocates and providers are faring with an influx of out-of-state patients. 

Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability

BY: - April 28, 2022

In Pennsylvania, the average annual cost of infant care is $11,842 — $987 per month — according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. The estimated care for a 4-year-old costs $9,773 — $814 each month. 


Investing in the future is not radical environmentalism | Opinion

BY: - April 19, 2022

Pennsylvanians deserve an honest dialogue about what interests are really driving the climate debate in our state.

Pa. Democrat proposes banning controversial campaign fundraising tactic

BY: - February 15, 2022

Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware, announced plans for legislation prohibiting candidates from using prechecked boxes to default into recurring campaign contributions.