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Looking to break a logjam in HBG, Pa. House speaker takes show on the road | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 23, 2023

But will it play in Pittsburgh? Panel convened by Speaker Mark Rozzi will hold a public session in the Steel City on Wednesday.

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

Relief for child sex abuse survivors passes Senate as part of constitutional amendment package

BY: - January 11, 2023

The House has until Jan. 27 to pass the statutory window constitutional amendment, and the other proposed changes, for them to appear on the May ballot.

Pa. Legislature welcomes new members, House elects Rozzi as speaker

BY: and - January 3, 2023

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2023-24 session started Tuesday with the swearing-in of new lawmakers and the resolution of a leadership quandary in the lower chamber.  

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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The Pa. Legislature returns: Three storylines to follow today | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 3, 2023

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 […]

Here’s what election reforms could come in Harrisburg after power shift in Pa. statehouse

BY: - December 30, 2022

Lawmakers, lobbyists, and voting advocates preview their elections reform wishlists for the next session.

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

With new leadership in the Pa. Senate, what are lawmakers prioritizing when they return to session?

BY: - November 17, 2022

Since Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber announced new leadership teams this week, their policy agendas and goals vary.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate expected to remain under GOP control, while Democrats add new member

BY: - November 11, 2022

Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate will retain power, holding a 28-22 majority after Tuesday’s election.

Pa. Senate unanimously approves legislation addressing breast cancer screenings, testing costs

BY: - October 19, 2022

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved two pieces of legislation that eliminate out-of-pocket costs for breast cancer screenings for high-risk patients and remove costs for genetic testing and counseling for hereditary cancers.

Wolf concedes on legislatively opening child sex abuse window, agrees to constitutional amendment

BY: - September 1, 2022

The constitutional amendment — initially meant to appear on the May 2021 primary election ballot if not for a Department of State advertising error — could now reach voters in 2023.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate Republicans advance late-night constitutional amendment package on abortion, voter ID

BY: - July 8, 2022

Senate Republicans advanced a package of proposed constitutional amendments, including one related to abortion rights in Pennsylvania.

‘The ballots are called mail-in ballots.’ Pa. Senate approves bill eliminating drop boxes

BY: - April 13, 2022

The upper chamber voted 29-20 along party lines to approve a GOP-authored bill that would require voters who don’t return mail-in ballots through the U.S. Postal Service to deliver them to their county elections office instead of depositing them into a drop box.

Advocates again call on Pa. Senate to open two-year window for child sex abuse survivors

BY: - April 4, 2022

If it weren’t for an advertising error made last year by the Department of State, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the window for child sex abuse survivors would have appeared on the May 2021 primary election ballot.