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.
With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections
With a number of key legislative races still undecided amid the slow count of mail-in ballots, some of the internal elections to decide who will lead the four partisan caucuses in the House and Senate have been delayed. A week after each election, state lawmakers traditionally return to the Capitol to pick which of their […]
‘We can’t ask any questions:’ Environmental official gets OK from Senate committee over pipeline objections
A committee advanced Secretary Patrick McDonnell’s nomination to the full Senate, over the objections of Sens. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester, and Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery.
Top environmental official’s reconfirmation hearing delayed over pipeline concerns
This story was updated on Tuesday, April 30 to include a statement from a DEP spokesperson. A state Senate committee postponed a planned confirmation hearing for one of Pennsylvania’s top environmental officials, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers raised concerns about his agency’s involvement in controversial gas pipeline project. The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy […]
In call to arms for environmental action, Wolf and lawmakers name Eastern hellbender state amphibian
No, a live hellbender did not attend the ceremony.
State senator wants to block sale of Pa.-produced natural gas to anti-fracking neighbors
As Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry has boomed, neighboring states including New York, New Jersey, and Maryland have taken steps to curtail gas drilling and infrastructure. Now, a state senator wants to prevent them from purchasing gas produced in Pennsylvania. Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, who chairs the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, announced at a […]
Six Pa. House members voted against naming the Eastern hellbender the state amphibian. Why?
After two years of inter-chamber warfare, the Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to make the Eastern hellbender, a foot-long salamander native to the Keystone state’s creeks and streams, the commonwealth’s official amphibian. The proposal originated in the Senate, where it was introduced by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, last year at the urging of students to bring […]