This Pa. House bill would make building inspections less reliable and more expensive | Opinion

BY: - May 2, 2019

If the goal of the proposed legislation is to curb a rogue building inspector, the current language fails to accomplish that objective. 

Top Senate Republicans aren’t happy with Pa.’s environmental regulators. Here’s why

BY: - April 25, 2019

Two senior Republican senators want an appellate court to force the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue new clean water standards for a byproduct of coal mining. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chairman Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming, filed the suit in late March in Commonwealth Court. […]

House passes child sex abuse statute reforms, kicks them to Senate, Scarnati

BY: - April 10, 2019

By wide bipartisan margins, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

Fourth time a charm? Nurse practitioners rally for bill they say will expand health care access

BY: - April 9, 2019

The state Senate has approved scope of practice expansions three times. Each time the bills have died in the state House.

Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the chance to sue

BY: - April 8, 2019

A House committee advanced bills from two members who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday, as the lawmakers seek justice for minor victims.

Pa. governor candidates would get to pick their running mates under revived Senate bill

BY: - April 8, 2019

A bill that would end the arranged marriage between the top of the ticket and his second in command advanced through a Senate committee Monday.

Democrats want to flip Pennsylvania’s state Senate in 2020. They’ll need the suburbs to do it

BY: - April 4, 2019

A Democratic victory in a contested special election in the Pittsburgh suburbs on Tuesday has political observers across Pennsylvania asking the same question: Can the party flip the Republican-controlled Senate in 2020?

Democrat Pam Iovino wins special election to represent Pittsburgh suburbs in Pa. Senate

BY: - April 2, 2019

Democrat Pam Iovino won a highly contested race to represent the 37th Senate District in the Pittsburgh suburbs Tuesday, flipping a Republican-held seat and moving her party closer to control of the chamber. Iovino, a Navy veteran and former Veterans Affairs aide to President George W. Bush, defeated businessman D. Raja, a Republican who was […]

In purple Pittsburgh suburbs, Democrats eye a future Senate majority while Republicans try to hold the line

BY: - April 1, 2019

Voters in the 37th Senate District will head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D. Raja.

Senate security employee escorted out of Capitol as harassment suit works through court: report

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Wednesday afternoon to include comments from senate secretary Megan Martin. More than a year after she accused her then-supervisor for sexual harassment, a top official with the state Senate security force isn’t sure if she still has her job or not, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. Two sources told the […]

Republican Raja cites immigrant’s story in state Senate special election ads

BY: - February 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a second ad. Following his nomination, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for the open 37th Senate Seat outside of Pittsburgh, emphasized not letting his opponents define him. On Thursday, he began that campaign, releasing two TV ads describing his growth from immigrant to citizen to business […]