State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference at the Pa. Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

A Cleaner Slate: Pa. House approves expanded 2nd chance law | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 7, 2023

The bill cleared the House on a 189-14 vote and heads to the state Senate.

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

House panel approves slate of tax cuts and credits as budget countdown approaches

BY: - June 6, 2023

'Each of these bills takes a lot of money and revenue. I’m concerned about those,' Rep. Jack Rader said.

House Democrats propose $903M in additional spending over Gov. Shapiro’s proposal

BY: - June 5, 2023

'This ... is the kind of sneak attack politics that the public abhors,' House Minority Leader Bryan Cutler said.

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Pa. lawmakers propose bills to study AI’s potential, safeguard against threats

BY: - June 1, 2023

As the marvels and shortcomings of artificial intelligence increasingly capture headlines, Pennsylvania lawmakers are proposing legislation to track and regulate the emerging technology’s use.

‘We can’t sit on our hands anymore’: Cash-strapped volunteer fire depts. ask lawmakers for help

BY: - May 30, 2023

The House Republican Policy Committee traveled to Lehigh County for a hearing on Tuesday.


I’m studying to be a teacher. We must make it more affordable to enter the profession | Opinion

BY: - May 30, 2023

Bills now before the state House will help -- and they deserve lawmakers' support.

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Pa. House panel approves blight-fighting bill | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 26, 2023

Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, says his bill will buttress the Shapiro administration's community revitalization efforts across the state.


We’re Pa. college students. Let’s fix the broken primary system we’re inheriting | Opinion

BY: - May 26, 2023

College-aged voters register as unaffiliated voters at disproportionate levels. But we're shut out of the primaries.

Pa. House Judiciary Committee passes package to expand definition of Ethnic Intimidation 

BY: - May 24, 2023

The bill expands protections to the state’s LGBTQ+ and disabled residents for the first time ever.

Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Bill allocating $100M for mental health clears Pa. House panel | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 24, 2023

'Our continued work to better mental health care in Pennsylvania takes another step forward,' Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said.

Pa. House panel moves forward on Gov. Shapiro’s plan to update property tax relief program

BY: - May 23, 2023

‘We’ve been seeing over the years an upsurge in the number of claimants who are pushed out of the program,’ Rep. Maureen Madden said.

Pa. House votes on gun safety bills highlight Democrats’ ‘humble majority’

BY: and - May 22, 2023

‘There is no doubt in my mind that the shameful era of doing nothing is coming to an end,’ Rep Dan Frankel said.