commonwealth-court

Wolf asks Commonwealth Court to declare proposed amendments, including abortion ban, unconstitutional

BY: - September 26, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf has renewed an effort to have a state court declare a package of proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution – including one that would revoke the right to abortion and another to raise the voting age to 21 – unconstitutional. About two weeks after the state Supreme Court declined to invoke its […]

Court affirms OOR ruling, Real Alternatives does not have to disclose service provider agreements

BY: - July 19, 2022

In the final decision, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon wrote that Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law “does not reach all records in possession of a private contractor that relate to the governmental function; rather, the records reached are only those that relate to performance of that function.”

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.

Commonwealth Court orders counties to count segregated undated ballots, report two tallies to Department of State

BY: - June 3, 2022

Undated ballots that arrived on time in the Pennsylvania 2022 primary election will count toward official tallies in the narrow Republican U.S. Senate race. But a Commonwealth Court judge has ordered counties to track how many there are.

Commonwealth Court hears arguments over counting undated Pa. mail ballots

BY: - May 31, 2022

The legal challenge brought by Dave McCormick aims to close the narrow gap by ensuring that counties count ballots received on time but were missing a date or were incorrectly dated.

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.