Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums
Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.
GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]
Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future
“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.
Bill cleaning up Pa.’s medical marijuana law, without home growing provision, heads to Wolf
As part of a rush of last-minute legislation, the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Friday passed an omnibus bill making numerous tweaks to the state’s medical marijuana law. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin, will enshrine in law numerous temporary policies adopted by the state Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, as […]
$40B Pa. budget revealed in Harrisburg; saves $5B in federal aid for future
Republican leaders indicated that Wolf has agreed to the proposal. A spokesperson for Wolf did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
GOP bill stripping powers from Secretary of Health, banning public vaccine checks advances through Pa. House
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf had already said he does not plan to implement restrictions on accessing government buildings or resources based on vaccination status — proposals colloquially called “vaccine passports.”
GOP election bill with voter ID, tighter mail-in ballot deadlines passes Pa. House
General Assembly Republicans are all in on the House GOP’s 150-page election bill to rewrite Pennsylvania’s election code with tighter deadlines, stricter voter verification requirements, and more controls on how voters return ballots. The proposal passed the state House by a 110-91 margin Tuesday evening, and a Senate vote could follow within the week, sending […]
Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list
Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]
With new amendment strategy, Pa. GOP could target voter ID, mail-in ballots
Nowhere is this newfound love of permanent changes to the commonwealth’s governing document clearer than in the fight over Pennsylvania’s election law.
Pa. election audit a ‘very real possibility,’ top Pa. Senate Republican says after meeting activists
Senate State Government Committee Chairman Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill, told the Capital-Star that he was considering subpoenas for ballot information, but had not considered which jurisdictions would be subpoenaed yet.
Pa. House votes to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency
Using the powers that Pennsylvania voters gave to the Legislature during last month’s statewide referendum vote, the lower chamber voted 113-90 along party lines to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency, and the executive powers that come with it.
Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit
According to a press release from Mastriano, no taxpayer money was used on the trip.