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‘Our fight is not over,’ Gov. Wolf says — but Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration is

BY: - August 25, 2021

With overdose deaths at a three-year high, Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration ended Wednesday.

Pa. Republican lawmakers chime in on debate over K-12 school mask mandates

BY: - August 25, 2021

In a Monday letter to school superintendents and board presidents, eight legislative Republicans urged districts in Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and York counties to leave the decision on mask-wearing up to families. 

Months after its launch, risk-limiting election audit pilot comes under review by Senate panel

BY: - August 24, 2021

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid outlined the risk-limiting audit, a post-election review piloted during the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections, before a Senate panel on Tuesday.

Pa. GOP lawmaker says he’s taking election investigation ‘very seriously’

BY: - August 23, 2021

Sen. Cris Dush, now tasked with leading an investigation into the state’s elections, says he’s taking the newfound responsibility “very seriously.”

Pa. GOP lawmaker says the cause for a forensic election investigation is ‘weakened and diminished’

BY: - August 19, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said his cause had “been weakened and diminished,” a Republican state lawmaker behind an Arizona-style investigation of Pennsylvania’s election results has pressed pause on the probe.

Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative

BY: - August 18, 2021

In a 7-4 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a letter to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, asking it to oppose the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Two Pa. lawmakers are working on bipartisan election reform. Here’s what they’ve proposed

BY: - August 17, 2021

Two months after a panel of lawmakers released a report on election integrity, the Republican and Democratic heads of a Senate committee with election oversight are putting its recommendations into action.

Pa. Democrats running for U.S. Senate united in efforts to maintain party majority in Congress

BY: - August 16, 2021

Democrats vying for the party nomination in the 2022 race to fill one of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senate seats are taking campaign efforts across the state — united in their efforts to maintain the party’s narrow majority in Washington.

Penn State won’t mandate COVID-19 vaccines, prompting questions about priorities

BY: - August 13, 2021

Penn State University is doubling down on its decision not to enact a COVID-19 vaccine mandate — spurring accusations that its top officials are putting state funding ahead of community safety.

Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing

BY: - August 12, 2021

All Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities should have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated for the coronavirus by Oct. 1, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.

Top Senate leader announces all expenses will be publicly available next month

BY: and - August 11, 2021

All Senate expenses will be available online starting Sept. 1, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman announced Wednesday.

Pa. senator wants to establish liability for parents who ‘opt-out’ of mask mandates in K-12 schools

BY: - August 11, 2021

Sen. Anthony Williams announced plans for legislation to establish liability for parents of children who refuse to comply with mask mandates in public schools if a classmate contracts the coronavirus or one of its variants.