Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus

BY: - November 29, 2023

State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) had introduced the Fairness Act, to extend Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination law to LGBTQ+ people, in every legislative session since 2001 before it passed in the state House this spring. Five months after lawmakers sent House Bill 300 to the Republican-controlled Senate with a bipartisan 102-98 vote, the historic legislation remains on […]

Pa. Gov Shapiro signs $45.5B budget but lawmakers have more work to do

BY: - August 3, 2023

Several bipartisan priorities will remain unfunded because Shapiro's office says lawmakers must first pass enabling legislation.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Lobbyist’s harassment claim shines new light on efforts to hold Pa. lawmakers accountable

BY: - February 5, 2023

A union lobbyist’s allegation of sexual harassment by a sitting member of the Pennsylvania House has again highlighted the need for comprehensive sexual harassment policies in the General Assembly, lawmakers advocating such rules say. Andi Perez, a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, said last month that she was touched inappropriately by a […]

Gov. Tom Wolf reflects on eight years of successes, stumbles and standoffs

BY: and - December 27, 2022

Looking back over his eight years in office, Gov. Tom Wolf said he hopes he will be remembered for making Pennsylvania a better place and for doing it honestly and efficiently. Wolf took office in 2015, defeating the unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett after a campaign where he spent $10 million of his own money. […]