Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati is not seeking re-election
This breaking story will be updated: The Pennsyvlania Senate’s most powerful Republican said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this November. In a statement released Wednesday night, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, said he’d been “proud to have been a leading advocate for rural Pennsylvania” in the upper chamber. But after 20 […]
Bill to rollback natural gas drilling regulations clears House committee
The bill from state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, cleared the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee 16-9, with all Republicans and one Democrat in favor.
Lt. Gov. overhaul: House approves deputy home sale, letting governor pick their running mate
The state House approved a pair of bills Wednesday that will change the Lieutenant Governor’s office — literally and figuratively. One of the proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, would order the state to sell the lieutenant governor’s official residence at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. It passed 176-21. The […]
‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.
The bills resemble legislation that died in the Senate in October 2018, when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, declined to bring them to the floor for a vote -- a move that outraged victims and their advocates.
Pa. House Dems call for legislative special session to address gun violence
After 31 people were killed in less than 24 hours in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, some state House Democrats are calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special session to address gun violence. Under the state Constitution, the governor may call the Legislature back to debate and pass laws related to a […]
Tuesday’s Pa. primary elections are a big deal: We need to make it easier for people to vote | Opinion
These elections are a BFD, as Joe Biden would say, why not make it easier for voters to have their say?
Senate President Joe Scarnati wants to sell Pa. Lt. Gov’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap
For Sale: One lieutenant governor’s residence, gently used, 2,400-square feet, three floors, with a pool. Inquiries to: J. Scarnati. The top Republican in the Pennsylvania state Senate is circulating a bill to sell the State House, the official residence of the Keystone State’s lieutenant governor. In a memo to his colleagues, Senate President Pro Tempore […]
Good-government groups join forces to push open primaries to top of Pennsylvania’s reform agenda
Pennsylvania currently has closed primaries, meaning a registered voter can only help narrow a field of candidates in the spring if they belong to the same party.
House passes child sex abuse statute reforms, kicks them to Senate, Scarnati
By wide bipartisan margins, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.
Senate Democrats want to give older clergy abuse victims the chance to sue — without changing the Constitution
From Jerry Sandusky and Bill Cosby to clergy in the Catholic church, Pennsylvania is “ground zero” in a nationwide reckoning over how to support victims of sexual abuse.
Republican leaders praise Wolf’s proposed workforce initiatives, bristle at spending increases
State Republicans this afternoon had measured praise for Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget proposal, saying that while they support his initiatives to develop Pennsylvania’s workforce, they may oppose proposals to increase overall spending. “I think we’ll break the normal tradition as the opposition to come out and ridicule or complain about the governor’s proposal,” Senate […]