‘Just ban gifts’: Pa. House panel unanimously approves gift ban bill

BY: - October 26, 2021

State lawmakers may currently receive unlimited gifts under Pennsylvania’s current Ethics Act, including from lobbyists, as long as they report gifts worth more than $250 on annual forms disclosing financial interests

Can magic mushrooms help fight mental illness? A bipartisan group of Pa. lawmakers think so

BY: - October 22, 2021

And it has the backing of a New York attorney, veterans, and a growing body of research.


The House GOP’s silence on police radar bill isn’t just deafening, it’s deadly | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - October 13, 2021

The measure hasn't come up for a vote before the state House of Representatives, and one doesn't seem likely, at least for this year.


Pa. House, Senate need to work together to rein prescription drug prices | Opinion

BY: - October 8, 2021

One in every two Pennsylvanians cannot afford the medications they need to manage their health.

GOP Rep. Dowling in ‘serious but stable condition’ after car accident

BY: - October 7, 2021

State Rep. Matt Dowling, a third term state representative from Fayette County, was in the accident on his way to a caucus political event.

Pa. House passes bill to expand open records requests for state health data

BY: - October 4, 2021

Rep. Craig Staat’s open records proposal now heads to the state Senate.

Pa. House GOP splits, votes down vouchers for closed schools, mask requirements

BY: - September 30, 2021

The conflicts at play in Sonney’s amendment and DelRosso’s underlying bill — between public and private education, and how to respond to the pandemic — join one long running debate with a more current flash point.

Jumping into national debate, Pa. House panel approves bill to post school curriculums online

BY: - September 28, 2021

Rep. Andrew Lewis said his bill was needed because "a lot of parents, they don’t know what's being taught in school. And they should have that information at their fingertips."

Wolf calls for Philly Rep. Boyle to resign from office after he’s charged with violating protection from abuse order

BY: - September 27, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf called for a Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia to resign from office on Monday as he undergoes mental health treatment stemming from a criminal arrest. Speaking at an unrelated press conference, Wolf said that state Rep. Kevin Boyle does deserve treatment. But as he goes through it, he should not serve in […]

Philly Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested

BY: - September 25, 2021

(*This breaking story was updated at 3:21 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 9/25/21 with additional information.) State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, was arrested Friday for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order. He’s been charged with breaking the order and harassment, according to a court document reviewed by the Capital-Star. Boyle, a six-term state representative from […]

House Republicans punt on school masks vote after returning early to address it

BY: - September 21, 2021

But a little more than a day later, and the answer from the caucus was “let’s talk later,” as the chamber tabled nine similar but distinct amendments to create exemptions in or completely repeal Wolf’s order.

To block school mask order, House GOP appeals to arcane committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Majority House Republicans have asked an obscure state regulatory oversight committee to review the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate.  In a 15-5 vote on Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House Health Committee’s lawmakers approved a six-page letter laying out their legal objections to the order.  It goes on to request that the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents […]