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As Washington acts, Pa. House panel moves to strand gun violence-reduction bills

BY: - June 13, 2022

Rep. Jared G. Solomon, D-Philadelphia, told his colleagues that he believed the panel had a "moral imperative" to take action on the bills.

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Voters are cynical? The Pa. House didn’t help this week | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 18, 2021

Voters don't appear to be clamoring for expanded gun rights or attacks on the rights of the accused. But that didn't prove an impediment for the General Assembly this week.

Pa. House sends permitless concealed carry bill to Wolf’s desk, who promises veto

BY: - November 16, 2021

Twenty-one states already have relaxed their gun laws to allow for concealed carry without a permit.

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Report flags corporate donors to GOP lawmakers tied to Pa. election probe | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 23, 2021

'Why haven’t the corporations that have supported these anti-democratic representatives in the past condemned their rhetoric?' an activist group asks .

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.