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State appeals court blocks Pa. carbon pricing scheme for power generators

BY: - April 5, 2022

A Pennsylvania appeals court has blocked a carbon pricing plan from taking effect. In an unsigned, one-page order issued Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said that the plan, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, could not take effect pending a full order from the court. The decision was first reported by the Associated Press. […]

Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records

BY: - February 27, 2022

Oral arguments in the case pitting watchdog and reproductive rights group Equity Forward against Real Alternatives, a Harrisburg-based contractor that’s received tens of millions of dollars in public funding, are set to begin March 7 in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.

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A state judge sends a strong message on Pa.’s local gun preemption law | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 16, 2022

Philly's 'overwhelming blight of gun violence' should prompt a reexamination by the state Supreme Court, Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter said.

Pa. school funding trial resumes in Commonwealth Court. Here’s what to know

BY: - January 5, 2022

The results of the case could reform how Pennsylvania funds its public schools.

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Pennsylvania’s courts need more diversity, not dark money | Kadida Kenner

BY: - November 21, 2021

If Judge Lori Dumas wins a recount, she'll be the Commonwealth Court's first judge of color in more than a decade.

Pa. judges hear arguments in two mask mandate court challenges

BY: - October 20, 2021

Opponents of the mask mandate argue that it’s invalid because it did not go through the regulatory review process, violates religious freedom, and interferes with the right to free public education.

Pa. Senate Democrats ask for courts to push back subpoena deadline, block hiring of vendor for GOP election review

BY: - September 23, 2021

Both Senate Republican and Democrats legal efforts will be paid for with taxpayer money.

Historic Pa. public school funding lawsuit finally heading to trial this fall

BY: - April 2, 2021

The plaintiffs in the case want Pa. Commonwealth Court rule that the state’s current funding system is unconstitutional and order the Legislature to fix it. 

Meet the Pa. Commonwealth Court judges who’ve recently sided with Republicans on election rulings, only to be overturned by higher courts

BY: - December 6, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has been a big player in the ongoing attempts by the Trump campaign and other Republicans to overturn the state’s election results or invalidate ballots.

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Wolf eviction ban, now expired, faces pending challenge in court

BY: - September 1, 2020

The state Supreme Court has tossed other challenges to Gov. Tom Wolf’s eviction moratorium, including one from a statewide landlords association and another from a Clarion County attorney.

Senate panel asks Commonwealth Court to force Wolf to release waivers

BY: - May 11, 2020

The petition filed Monday would force Wolf to comply with the subpoena a Senate committee issued last month, seeking details about the 42,000-plus requests for business waivers

As senior Senate GOP aide Crompton looks to a future on state court, critics have questions

BY: - November 20, 2019

Drew Crompton says he's ready for a clean break from the Senate.