pennsylvania

‘We are running out of time.’ Senate advances legislation to make to-go cocktails permanent

BY: - June 16, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf said he would veto a bill that would allow thousands of retailers to sell canned alcoholic drinks, but that didn’t stop the Senate from pushing through legislation that would also make to-go cocktails a permanent menu item in Pennsylvania.

It’s last call — for now for to-go cocktails, as House and Senate jockey over bill

BY: - June 15, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration is over, and to-go cocktails are ending with it — at least until lawmakers approve a bill that lets sales continue.

Pa. Senate committee takes up the future of illegal skill games as top lawmakers return industry funds

BY: - June 14, 2021

In the last week, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said they returned thousands of dollars in donations from the skill games industry.

GOP lawmakers want to change Pa.’s voter ID requirements. Here’s how

BY: - June 11, 2021

If you’re a Pennsylvania voter, the only time you have to show identification at the polls is if it’s your first time casting a ballot at that location. Two state senators want to change that. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to veto legislation that would require voters to show ID every time they vote. […]

Pa. General Assembly votes to terminate Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

BY: - June 10, 2021

(*This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 6/10/21, to include comment from Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia.) For the first time in 15 months, Pennsylvania is no longer operating under a COVID-19 emergency declaration. Using its newly expanded emergency powers, the GOP-controlled Legislature voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration this week. […]

Pa. GOP lawmakers stay quiet on who paid for their trip to see Arizona audit. What’s the impact?

BY: - June 7, 2021

If an outside person or organization funded the delegation’s trip, it would most likely be reflected on annual financial disclosure forms, but those aren’t due until May 1, 2022.

After a year of Zoom and telework, Capitol staff make steady return to Harrisburg

BY: - June 6, 2021

Pennsylvania is on pace to normalcy. And for some Capitol staff, that means heading back to the office. Statewide COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted, so offices can operate at full capacity — meaning that when lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week, more staff will come with them for the first time since remote work […]

Gov. Wolf wants to ‘level the playing field’ with charter reform, but not everyone is on board

BY: - June 3, 2021

Saying that he wants to bring accountability to what he describes as a broken system, Gov. Tom Wolf again has called on lawmakers to “level the playing field” with charter school reform

Six Pa. State System universities could be consolidated. What to know ahead of four public meetings

BY: - June 1, 2021

With its small classes and on-campus groups, Cameron O’Neill can’t imagine going to school anywhere but Bloomsburg University.

Pa.’s election code is in need of reform. But do the potential plans match local needs?

BY: - May 30, 2021

It’s no secret — Pennsylvania elections aren’t perfect, and proposals for change have been circulating in Harrisburg for months.

On track to achieve vaccine benchmark, Pa. plans to lift mask mandate by June 28

BY: - May 27, 2021

Statewide data show that nearly 98 percent of senior citizens and 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose.

‘We have an obligation’: House Republicans advance bills to restrict reproductive health, expand gun rights

BY: and - May 25, 2021

The opening salvoes of the 2022 culture wars sounded in committee rooms of the Republican-controlled chamber on Tuesday.