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This is what happens when prayer gets weaponized.
Natural gas industry consultant to ‘debunk’ climate change consensus in House testimony
A Pittsburgh geologist who consults for the natural gas industry, published a book casting aspersions on the scientific consensus around climate change, and who serves on a board for a climate denialist think tank will speak to members of a House committee Wednesday. Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe invited Gregory Wrightstone to “present […]
House panel hears from judges on how to fix state criminal justice system
A panel of state judges met with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to discuss the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. Inside the state Supreme Court building, seven judges from counties across the commonwealth expressed support for reforming mandatory restitution, probation and parole, and bail practices. Judge Kai Scott, of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, […]
Republicans on Pa. House committee advance bill to make sure new public hires know post-Janus rules
Pa. House Republicans are trying to enshrine some provisions of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in state law.
Movita Johnson-Harrell wins state House election to represent West Philadelphia district
Johnson-Harrell said she is the first Muslim woman elected to the state House.
Pa. House committee advances ban on vaping in schools
Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes isn’t allowed in school. But is vaping? The House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a bill Tuesday to close a loophole that lets students use electronic nicotine delivery systems like vapes on school property. The legislation would also make it a crime under state law to sell these products to anyone […]
New Pa. State Police policy that limits cooperation with ICE angers GOP lawmakers
A new Pennsylvania State Police policy that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities drew the ire of House Republicans during a Monday budget hearing. The rules, dated Jan. 30, prohibit state troopers from holding people suspected of being undocumented at the request of federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. It also prevents officers from asking for ID solely […]
York County Republican named chair of House investigative committee with subpoena powers
On Thursday, Republican leadership named York County Rep. Seth Grove chair of a new state House committee tasked with looking into Pennsylvania’s executive branch at the behest of lawmakers. The nine-member House Oversight Committee was created in January as part of the chamber’s new rules and has subpoena power to request information from state agencies. […]
Pa., California economists duel over minimum wage hike’s impact on consumers
Two economics professors from California have pushed back on the use of their research by economists opposed to raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage during a state House hearing two weeks ago. During a Feb. 6 hearing by the House Labor & Industry Committee, Susquehanna University Business School Dean Matthew Rousu cited a 2016 paper from Daniel […]
‘His legacy lives on’: K. Leroy Irvis, Pennsylvania’s only black House speaker, remembered
K. Leroy Irvis is remembered as “the Lion of Pennsylvania” — a civil rights champion, incorruptible force for good, and the commonwealth’s first black state House speaker. Perhaps less noted is his great sense of humor. Once, while criticizing the death penalty on the House floor, Irvis was accused of being a “do-gooder” by a […]
Bipartisan bill would expand access to solar energy in Pennsylvania
A bill backed by a diverse collection of lawmakers — from urban Democrats to rural Central Pennsylvania Republicans — would let homeowners buy into shared solar power projects far away from home. The legislation, HB 531, would allow people living in properties unfit for solar — because of shade, direction, or size — to purchase […]
Suburban Philly Democrat suggests statewide paid family leave
just three states — California, Rhode Island and New Jersey — offer employees fully paid leave according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York offers family leave at half pay.