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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

With fentanyl test strips decriminalized, Pa. officials work to gauge demand

BY: and - February 8, 2023

Four Pennsylvania departments are working to make fentanyl test strips available at no cost across the state.

Pa. court sides with plaintiffs in K-12 school funding case

BY: and - February 7, 2023

“It is now the obligation of the Legislature, executive branch, and educators to make the constitutional promise a reality in this commonwealth,” the order states.

Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. lawmakers reintroduce proposal to give parents child identification kits

BY: - February 2, 2023

Parents and guardians would be responsible for storing the collected information, which does not enter a national or state database.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Rep. Culver elected to represent 27th Senatorial District

BY: - February 1, 2023

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver will fill an open seat in the Pennsylvania Senate following a special election on Tuesday.

Shapiro launches review to mitigate red tape in Pa. professional licensure process

BY: - January 31, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro directed all state agencies to catalog of the licenses, certificates, and permits they issue, hoping to create reform.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

What to know about this week’s 27th Senatorial District special election

BY: - January 29, 2023

Pennsylvania voters in the 27th Senatorial District will head to the polls for a special election to decide who will fill a state Senate seat vacated by a Republican lawmaker last year.

Pa. House stalemate stops constitutional amendments from appearing on May ballot

BY: and - January 27, 2023

A department spokesperson said that the General Assembly must pass the constitutional amendment by Jan. 27 to appear on the May 2023 ballot.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. House Republicans still seeking Senate impeachment trial of Philly DA

BY: - January 26, 2023

House Republicans announced plans to file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — still seeking a Senate impeachment trial.

Office of Transformation and Opportunity aims to be ‘one-stop shop’ for Pa. businesses

BY: - January 24, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro established a new office to serve as a one-stop shop to help businesses cut through red tape and streamline operations.

Shapiro announces three-part ethics package — including a more relaxed gift ban

BY: - January 20, 2023

In a change from the Wolf administration, the executive order allows some exceptions, such as awards, T-shirts, occasional meals or beverages, pens, notepads, or mugs.

In first week as governor, Shapiro prioritizes meeting with Planned Parenthood advocates

BY: - January 20, 2023

While campaigning for governor, Josh Shapiro championed reproductive health, vowing to keep abortion legal, safe, and accessible in Pennsylvania if elected.

In his first executive order, Shapiro removes degree requirement for thousands of state jobs

BY: - January 18, 2023

Shapiro said the order applies to 92% of commonwealth jobs, estimating that roughly 65,000 positions in the state will be open to Pennsylvanians regardless of whether they hold a college degree.