Abuse survivors’ amendment author urges House GOP to advance the measure as a standalone bill

BY: and - January 23, 2023

The Republican author of a constitutional amendment to provide legal relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse called on House GOP leaders on Monday to allow voters to consider the measure by itself in the May primary election. Speaking against a backdrop of partisan gridlock in the state House, Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, shared details […]

Cutler takes oath as House Republican Leader days after Dems declare control of special elections

BY: - December 12, 2022

Cutler was sworn in as House Republican leader days after Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton declared control of special elections.

Pa. House Republican leadership gets a shakeup as control of the chamber is in limbo

BY: - November 22, 2022

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, is bowing out of his leadership role with control of the lower chamber uncertain.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

A lone Republican voted against impeaching Philly DA Larry Krasner

BY: - November 19, 2022

When the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Democratic Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a lone Republican voted “no.” Although the historic measure passed 107-85 over the objections of Democrats, state Rep. Mike Puskaric, R-Allegheny, broke ranks and voted against the action, which he said he believed would set a disastrous precedent for […]

With election victories stacking up, Democrats expect to take control in Pa. House

BY: - November 9, 2022

With more than two dozen state House races undecided Wednesday afternoon, Democrats predicted they would take control of the General Assembly’s lower chamber. Democratic House leaders said their confidence in the prediction was bolstered by victories in unexpected districts, the Democratic trend of mail-in ballots that were still being counted, and the competitive districts created […]

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

What does the impeachment process look like in Pennsylvania?

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Introducing articles of impeachment is just a first step in the seldom-used process.

Panel investigating crime in Philly puts blame on DA Krasner for lack of prosecutions

BY: - October 24, 2022

(*This story was updated at 5:52 p.m. on Monday, 10/25/22 to include additional comment from Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office) The House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order voted Monday to present an interim report to the full chamber on its investigation of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and crime in Philadelphia. A […]

Dire predictions follow Pa. Supreme Court’s loosening of medical malpractice filing rules

BY: - October 20, 2022

(*This article was updated at 10:32 a.m., Thursday, 10/20/2022, to correct a spelling error and add the effective date of the rule change.) Echoes of a debate more than two decades old are ringing out in the Pennsylvania Capitol over the rights of patients to sue for medical malpractice and the effects of such litigation […]

Pa. House holds Philly DA Krasner in contempt for refusing to respond to select committee subpoena

BY: - September 13, 2022

(*This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, 9/13/22, to include a House vote on the contempt resolution.) The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to hold Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in contempt for refusing to respond to a subpoena issued by the select committee investigating Krasner’s approach to prosecuting crime.  The 162-38 vote to hold […]

Philadelphia DA Krasner rejects subpoena by House panel investigating crime surge

BY: - August 23, 2022

'Bogus attacks against this committee, a committee empowered by a bipartisan majority of the House and acting under clear constitutional authority, are particularly troubling,' Rep. John Lawrence said.

Two Philly Dems, three suburban Republicans named to Pa. House panel investigating Krasner

BY: - July 11, 2022

Reps. Amen Brown and Danilo Burgos, both Philadelphia Democrats from high-crime districts, have been named with three Republicans from outlying counties to investigate the causes of crime in the city.

Pa. House passes bill tying funding for Pitt, state-related universities to fetal tissue research

BY: - July 6, 2022

House Republicans used an end-run around the requirement for a two-thirds majority vote to pass a ban on fetal tissue research tied to tuition assistance for state-related universities