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Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit

BY: and - June 2, 2021

According to a press release from Mastriano, no taxpayer money was used on the trip.

A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows

BY: - April 1, 2021

Rep. Amen Brown wants to progressively increasing mandatory minimum sentences for “any previously convicted felon who is found to be in possession of an illegal firearm.”

The General Assembly passed a police hiring database and a chokehold ban. But nothing is on Wolf’s desk yet.

BY: - June 24, 2020

The votes on Wednesday afternoon came two weeks after Black Democrats shut down the House of Representatives, demanding action on their stalled legislation.

Pa. House panel approves police reform bills, with full vote as soon as next week

BY: - June 15, 2020

All the proposals — four from Democrats, one from a Republican — passed unanimously through the GOP-controlled committee with little comment from lawmakers. 

There’s a well-documented link between guns and suicide. Just what Pennsylvania should do about that is up for debate

BY: - October 11, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf and some moderate Republicans are calling for a red flag law, while another key member of the GOP has another idea.

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On a red flag law for Pa.: It’s the start of the fight in the House — not the final word | Opinion

BY: - September 29, 2019

House Republicans might be trying to end the debate on Red Flag laws. They just gave advocates a roadmap for the fight yet to come.

House Judiciary chairman says he won’t consider red flag proposal as panel advances mandatory minimums

BY: - September 24, 2019

The votes by the House Judiciary Committee marked the first legislative action on firearms after a summer dominated by mass shootings, including two in one August weekend that left 29 people dead. 

Pa. House committee will vote on mandatory minimums for gun crimes, much to Democrats’ chagrin 

BY: - September 23, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will consider a package of 12 firearms or violence-related bills.

How Pa.’s Supreme Court moved left, and what it means for the GOP

BY: - August 9, 2019

(*Updated: This story was corrected at 11:50 a.m. to correct the spelling of David Senoff’s name.) It’s been nine years since Pennsylvania Democrats last controlled a chamber of the General Assembly. With Gov. Tom Wolf’s election in 2014, the party regained its grip over the executive branch. In his four years in office, Wolf has […]

A year after the police shooting of Antwon Rose, this state rep. wants to change Pa.’s deadly force rule

BY: - June 20, 2019

Rep. Summer Lee, a freshman Democrat who represents an area near where Rose died, has introduced legislation that would restrict when police officers can use deadly force.

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In first-ever hearing on legalizing cannabis, House GOP focuses on Pa. gun owners

BY: - June 3, 2019

"I think there's going to be a lot more discussion and conversation over the next few years prior to acting on any of those pieces of legislation," one Republican said.

House panel hears from judges on how to fix state criminal justice system

BY: - March 19, 2019

A panel of state judges met with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to discuss the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. Inside the state Supreme Court building, seven judges from counties across the commonwealth expressed support for reforming mandatory restitution, probation and parole, and bail practices.  Judge Kai Scott, of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, […]