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As child advocates plan for action, top Senate GOP lawmaker Ward considers the ‘best legal path’ to justice

BY: - July 8, 2021

When state lawmakers return to Harrisburg in September, Marci Hamilton will be waiting to greet them.

Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums

BY: - June 30, 2021

Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

BY: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.

‘Do your job’: Abuse survivors call on Senate to pass stalled lawsuit reform bill

BY: - May 24, 2021

(*This story was updated at 11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, 5/25/21 to clarify the role of Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office and its interactions with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward’s staff) Cindy Leech’s voice broke, then it broke again, as she talked about the lives ruined, and the lives lost, to childhood sexual abuse — including […]

Pa. Senate Maj. Leader Ward announces stage one breast cancer diagnosis

BY: - May 11, 2021

“I didn’t want to be statewide news right after I won majority leader, with all that statewide news,” Ward said. “It was literally two weeks later.”

Bill aiding abuse survivors clears critical Pa. Senate committee hurdle. But will it see a vote?

BY: - April 21, 2021

The measure sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, now advances to the Senate floor, where it must be considered three times and pass a final vote before it can go to Gov. Tom Wolf. 

House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority

BY: - April 7, 2021

Wednesday's vote split the Republican caucus down the middle, a rarity in the legislature. All but one of the dissenting votes was cast by a GOP lawmaker.

Abuse survivors dealt another setback, as GOP Senate says it won’t take up emergency reform

BY: - March 22, 2021

The decision means that victims must wait at least two more years to bring abusers and institutions to court. 

COMMENTARY

It was already awkward between Wolf and lawmakers. The Boockvar blow-up just made it worse | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 2, 2021

Wolf and lawmakers already had trust issues. Did the gap just get unbridgeable?

GOP leaders — once again — say they can’t overturn election results, but send letter disputing results to Congress

BY: - December 4, 2020

Repeating a point they have made for the past month, Pennsylvania’s Republican legislative leadership released a letter Thursday affirming that the General Assembly cannot overturn the results of the 2020 election in the Keystone State.

Tapped for leadership, Ward, McClinton shatter 244-year-old glass ceiling in Pa. General Assembly

BY: and - November 12, 2020

Women made history in Pennsylvania’s House and Senate Thursday, when lawmakers elected two female legislators as floor leaders for the first time in the General Assembly’s 244-year history.

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than just tradition.

BY: - March 30, 2019

When a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives gave a fiery Christian prayer before the chamber welcomed a new Muslim lawmaker on Monday, critics were quick to denounce it as Islamophobic and unconstitutional. In a two-minute prayer, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, called Jesus “our only hope” and willed “every knee” to bow to God. Minutes […]