‘Overburdened and underfunded’: Shapiro signs bill to save Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement

BY: - October 23, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro signed the Dog Law Modernization Act into law on Monday, gradually increasing the cost of a dog license from $5 to $7 in its first year. The fee will increase another $2 in the second year to a total of $9, with a final increase of $1 in 2027 regardless of the animal’s spay or neuter status. 

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

Senate committee advances bill expanding access to sexual assault nurse examiners

BY: - May 2, 2023

A Republican-controlled Senate panel has voted to expand access to expert nurses who help ensure best practices and a safe environment for sexual assault survivors during examinations.

Proposal to ‘modernize’ Pa. dog law, increase fees, gains support from Ag officials, advocates

BY: - June 3, 2022

State Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, who chairs the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, said Thursday that his bill will “modernize” Pennsylvania’s dog law and “ensure it is being executed as it was intended.”


Wolf’s budget calls for 3rd round of funding for Pa. Farm Bill | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 15, 2021

The Democratic administration is seeking $13.6 million in funding for a variety of agricultural programs.


New state budget sets aside $16M for Pa. farmers hit by pandemic | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 1, 2020

The blink-and-you missed spending plan offers tax credits and grants to Pa. farmers.

Amid COVID-19, Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill over abortion concerns

BY: - April 29, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill to mandate insurers pay for remote doctor’s visits because of a provision that restricts remote access to abortion. “This legislation arbitrarily restricts the use of telemedicine for certain doctor-patient interactions,” Wolf said in his veto message, adding that it “interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision […]