Population projections highlight need for long-term solutions to sustain rural Pa.
The population of Pennsylvania’s rural counties is projected to decline 5.8% over the next 30 years, with the state projected to grow just 1.6% based on increases in urban population.
In the face of a call to ban skill games, Pa.’s biggest player is pushing back hard
For nearly a decade, Georgia-based Pace-O-Matic has been fighting to cement the legitimacy of a billion dollar gambling business that has flourished in the back rooms of bars and social clubs across Pennsylvania. Pace-O-Matic is the state’s leading distributor of skill games – slot machine-like devices that allow users to pay to play a game […]
What’s in a name? When it comes to Senate’s vote changing DEPs name? Everything | Opinion
A Republican-backed measure to rechristen it the Department of Environmental Services accomplishes nothing.
Republican again proposes taxing skill games, calling them part ‘of the small business economy’
Sen. Gene Yaw proposed that all skill games in Pennsylvania be “connected to a terminal collection and control system."
Staff shortages, ‘burdensome’ regulations among top hurdles for addiction treatment providers
At the three-hour-long public hearing hosted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan and bicameral legislative agency, panelists provided lawmakers with an update on various efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths in the commonwealth.
Pa. core samples to get new, $6M home
The core samples, experts said, are important tools to understanding how Pennsylvania’s geology could support carbon capture and sequestration efforts.
Pa. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform
With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.
Pennsylvania oil lobby keeps abandoned wells unplugged
The oil and gas industry could jeopardize federal funding to clean up the state’s thousands of abandoned and leaking wells.
Efforts to change Pa. fireworks law haven’t fizzled out. House, Senate committees to hear feedback
The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss fireworks regulations, which have prompted safety concerns across the commonwealth since the state legalized their sale and use in 2017.
Pa. Sen. Gene Yaw announces plans for legislation to tax, regulate ‘skill games’
Some want so-called "skill games" banned, arguing that they result in millions of dollars lost by the Pennsylvania Lottery and casino industry each year, one Republican state lawmaker — who considers them a lifesaver for businesses — wants to tax the machines.
After telling constituents to ‘get over it,’ GOP senator proposes changing Pa. fireworks law
Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, is now open to changing Pennsylvania's fireworks law.
An ‘energy choice’ bill has some lawmakers worried local government could lose power
Though it's dubbed an “energy choice” bill, a proposal now before the state Senate has lawmakers worried that Pennsylvania municipalities will lose some power over local decisions.