Pa. Senate committee advances emergency response proposals
The GOP-controlled panel also announced that Alan Shaw will appear before lawmakers during a hearing scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2023.
Pa. Senate committee votes to subpoena Norfolk Southern CEO
The Republican-controlled committee voted 9-1 to subpoena Alan Shaw, requesting that the president and CEO of the railroad company testify about the train derailment in East Palestine.
Democrats propose abolishing death penalty; Republican floats mandatory sentence for murdering cop
Democrats reintroduced legislation to ban capital punishment in Pennsylvania.
Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.
Pa. Senate Republicans advance late-night constitutional amendment package on abortion, voter ID
Senate Republicans advanced a package of proposed constitutional amendments, including one related to abortion rights in Pennsylvania.
W.Pa. residents, advocates urge state lawmakers to take action against fracking
'As a politician, you can’t be pro-industry and pro-health, you have to pick one,' an advocate told lawmakers.
Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability
In Pennsylvania, the average annual cost of infant care is $11,842 — $987 per month — according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. The estimated care for a 4-year-old costs $9,773 — $814 each month.
‘Shameful’ and ‘dangerous’: Pa.’s LGBTQ+ Caucus calls for swift action on anti-discrimination bill following Chambersburg vote
Calling the decision ”shameful” and “dangerous,” state LGBTQ+ Caucus leaders, which include, state Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, expressed concern over the repercussions of revoking the ordinance, writing in a Tuesday statement that its repeal leaves “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians in an extremely vulnerable position.”
The wrong font, misplaced staples leads to unusual court rebuke of Pa. teachers’ pension fund
“I have never seen it before,” Duquesne University law professor, and state court watcher, Bruce Ledewitz said. “That could be because lawyers comply with the rules.”
Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future
“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.
Pa.’s botched vaccine rollout is causing ‘tremendous anxiety and mistrust.’ Senate Dems drop centralized registry plan to change it | Monday Morning Coffee
The four lawmakers say their plan will reduce frustration, and eliminate the need to spend hours searching for appointments.
‘The best part of it is picking your own time to leave,’ Scarnati says, as Pa. Senate pays tribute to retiring GOP leader
A 20-year veteran of the Senate, Scarnati announced in February that he would not seek reelection this year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.