Pa. House committee advances bill that would change how the state handles pardons
House Bill 1410 would amend the state’s constitution to change the requirement that the Board of Pardons must vote unanimously on whether to advance a pardon request to the governor. Under the bill, the BOP would return to the simple majority vote that was in place before the sentencing reforms of the 1990s.
A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s constitution would change how the state considers pardons
Pennsylvania's Board of Pardons must vote unanimously in order for a person to be recommended for a pardon. HB 1410 would change it to a simple majority.
We’re all exhausted. Progressives can offer an antidote. Here’s how | Heather MacDonald
Progressives need to balance factual accuracy with emotional honesty to win the debate.
Pa. House Speaker McClinton: DelCo special election win endorses Dems’ agenda
'It is clear that Pennsylvanians believe in our agenda and our ability to get things done,' McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said.
Sure the budget jockeying is interesting. But don’t forget it impacts real people | Ray E. Landis
The one-vote majority Democrats hold in the lower chamber could also be more a curse than a blessing in budget negotiations.
Shapiro signs bipartisan bill enhancing coverage for breast cancer screening, testing
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro signed legislation — his first since taking office — that lawmakers hope will save lives by enhancing insurance coverage for breast cancer screening and genetic testing.
Black women’s political gains due to experience, knowledge and skill, observers say
By Stephen Williams PHILADELPHIA — Political observers say the most recent political gains by Black women in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. are a result of their knowledge, skill, experience, work ethic and relationships. As Black History Month ended and Women’s History Month kicked off, state Rep. Joanna McClinton ascended to speaker of the Pennsylvania […]
Who’s got the gavel now? That’s you, Madame Speaker | Editorial Cartoon
State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, was sworn in as Pa.'s Black woman House speaker this week.
For McClinton, a historic speaker’s election – and a historic challenge | Wednesday Morning Coffee
The Philadelphia Democrat has the gavel -- and a slender majority. What she does next matters.
Progressives have high hopes – and expectations – for a Rozzi speakership | Marc Stier
We are not looking for leadership in the House tilted in our direction. We are looking for fair, open, and inclusive leadership.
The Pa. Legislature returns: Three storylines to follow today | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Welcome to the first Tuesday of 2023. At high noon today, incoming members of the state House and Senate will take the oath of office, officially kicking off the new, two-year legislative session. And while last November’s general election is squarely in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean the coming weeks and months are going […]
GOP warns members against accepting deals from Dems ahead of House speaker vote
Democrats did not confirm or deny whether they had made any offers to Republican members.