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Pa. Senate panel advances proposal to opt-out of K-12 mask mandate

BY: - September 28, 2021

A since-retracted German study has served as the backbone for Sen. Doug Mastriano’s opposition to the mask mandate and false claims that wearing face-coverings causes adverse health effects

Pa. Senate moves to bolster constitutional amendment process with increased training, transparency

BY: - September 27, 2021

The Senate acted on a pair of bills to create additional requirements for the Department of State to publicize and explain ballot questions and establish further training for agency staff. 

Anti-abortion advocates flood Harrisburg for first Pennsylvania March for Life

BY: - September 27, 2021

“We are pro-life,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said, leading at least a thousand attendees in a chant on the front Capitol steps. “We are pro-life. We are pro-life.”

Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’

BY: - September 24, 2021

The 11-page bill allows for precanvassing of mail-in ballots at least three days before an election and moves back the deadline to receive applications for mail-in ballots from one week to two weeks before an election.

Pa.’s top prosecutor sues to block subpoenas issued as part of Senate GOP election investigation

BY: and - September 23, 2021

In an 85-page suit, Attorney General Josh Shapiro argues that the subpoenas issued as part of the election investigation threaten Pennsylvanians’ rights to “free and fair elections and to the protection of their personal information.”

Pa. educators ask for a seat at the table in response to K-12 mask mandate, COVID-19 mitigation

BY: - September 23, 2021

"We as school administrators have been put in a position to absorb everything that politics creates, and it is breaking the will of decent, loving people," Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School Director Barry Fillman. "They cannot get at you to air their grievances. They come to us.”

Pa. Sen. Mastriano barred from attending private Senate GOP meetings

BY: and - September 22, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, will no longer have access to closed-door caucus meetings.

‘This is not a small number’: Senate committee tackles $104M deficit in Pa. Turnpike tolls

BY: - September 22, 2021

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reported a nearly $105 million deficit in toll revenue "leakage."

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether the Marsy’s Law amendment, which appeared on the 2019 general election ballot, should have been presented in separate questions.

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‘We waited our entire childhood.’ Advocates urge Senate to approve window for sex abuse cases

BY: - September 20, 2021

“Do you know what the cost of waiting is?” LaQuisha Anthony asked during a Monday rally, urging the state Senate to vote on legislation that would open a two-year window for child sex abuse survivors to pursue civil lawsuits against their abusers.

‘There just aren’t enough words’: 20 years later, former Gov. Tom Ridge, staffers reflect on 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

When their pagers went off, it was time to leave Royal Oaks Golf Club, bring Gov. Tom Ridge back from Erie, and go to work.

Pa. Senate committee launches election investigation, beginning with 2020 guidance

BY: - September 9, 2021

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Stuart Ulsh, the only local official to testify before the 11-member panel, said that while guidance sent by the state agency with election oversight was confusing, there is no evidence of fraud.