Pa. Senate committee OKs turnpike reform legislation
The Senate Transportation Committee approved a package of bills reforming the turnpike’s tolling system and financial reporting, with lawmakers hoping they will deter additional losses and make using the highway system more convenient for motorists.
Are Venmo and PayPal the future of Pa. Turnpike tolling? A Pa. lawmaker wants to make the switch
With fewer and fewer people carrying cash, one Democratic state senator says he wants to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission keep up with the times. State Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, began circulating a co-sponsorship memo last week with a proposal to direct the commission to accept app payments such as Venmo and Cash App. The legislation […]
To prevent future toll ‘leakage,’ Pa. Sen. Marty Flynn introduces Turnpike reform package
In three pieces of legislation, the Scranton lawmaker proposes increased penalties for drivers who do not pay their tolls, mandated finance reporting from the Turnpike Commission to the General Assembly, and reinstated staffing at Turnpike interchanges.
New Pa. House lawmaker, Rep. Thom Welby, takes oath of office
The residents of the Scranton-based 113th state House District have a new state lawmaker on the job in Harrisburg.
Senate approves legislation to increase penalties for people who evade arrest on foot
Under the proposal, violators fleeing for an underlying offense would face a third-degree felony if another person suffers serious bodily injury and a second-degree felony if someone dies as a result of the violation.
Senate Judiciary committee advances bill to increase penalties for people who evade arrest
The legislation sponsored by Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, and Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, came after Scranton police officer John Wilding fell to his death in 2015 while chasing three teenagers suspected of armed robbery.
Welcoming two new members, Pa. Senate back to full complement
Joined by friends and family, Sens. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, and Chris Gebhard, R-Lebanon, were sworn into the chamber.
Republicans want Rep. Marty Flynn removed from Senate special election ballot
Charlie Spano and Arthur J. Albert, better known as Joe Albert, contend Flynn never personally filed a valid financial interest statement on time.
Pa. House lawmakers Mullins, Flynn face off to run for Scranton state Senate seat
The district includes all of Lackawanna County, home to Scranton, as well as parts of neighboring Monroe and Luzerne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Pa. state Sen. Blake to take econ development job with Cartwright, sparking NEPA special election
*This story was updated at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, 2/15/21 with additional information State Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, will resign his office March 8 to take a job with northeastern Pennsylvania’s congressional representative. Blake, first elected in 2010, will now work to bring federal economic development dollars back to Scranton and its surroundings under U.S. […]
Pa. Rep. Marty Flynn apologizes for Facebook post appearing to attack local businesses
The post was preserved with a screenshot and shared on social media. A local television station, FOX-56 TV, picked up the story and first reported it.
A special election in suburban Scranton will test Democrats’ hold on the northeast
“If the GOP does win, it’s a great way to start of special election season,” Republican political operative Chris Nicholas said. “No one thinks the GOP is gonna switch the seat in Philly.”