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Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

State lawmaker proposes clarifying law to avoid criminalizing ‘hundreds of thousands of Pa. drivers’

BY: - August 29, 2022

Sen. Scott Martin has proposed amending the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code to state that only important, identifiable information must be visible on a license plate.

EPA to review Pennsylvania’s latest cleanup plan for the Chesapeake Bay

BY: - August 22, 2022

Will the third time be the charm for Pa.'s bay clean-up efforts?

A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

A $220M commitment from Pa. could be a ‘game-changer’ for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts

BY: - July 21, 2022

Pa.'s 'Clean Streams' Fund charts 'a new trajectory now in the restoration of the bay,' an EPA official said.

Senate Education Committee Chairperson Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Senate approves limits on ‘sexually explicit’ content, gender identity discussions in schools

BY: - June 29, 2022

After nearly two hours of debate on Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to send the proposals — introduced by Lancaster Republican Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin — to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Education committees urge rejection of Wolf administration charter school regulations

BY: - March 15, 2022

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet on March 21.

State Sen. Scott Martin joins 2022 GOP primary race for Pa. Gov.

BY: - December 11, 2021

Martin, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has been a frequent critic of acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam’s Aug. 31 mask mandate for K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Pennsylvania, even going so far as to introduce legislation to try and curb the Secretary of Health’s powers. 

Senate panel advances bill that would require Pa. schools to post curriculum, book titles online

BY: - October 18, 2021

Democrats on the 11-member panel, four in total, unanimously opposed the proposal.

Health Department responds to ‘bullying’ accusation, says lawmaker took information out of context

BY: - October 7, 2021

“The letter in question has been used since the beginning of the pandemic — nearly 20 months — and is sent to close contacts — or their parent [or] guardian with quarantine instructions only in situations where the individual is uncooperative and refuses to quarantine."

Pa. lawmakers continue to debate over ‘meaningful’ charter reform

BY: - June 17, 2021

The prime sponsor of an “educational choice” bill called the legislation the “beginning of a conversation.” But even with recent changes, critics say it’s a far cry from meaningful reform. The legislation sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, would expand the state cap on tax credits for businesses that fund private and […]

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The Republican way of school funding | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 12, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf is making a big push for charter school reform in Pennsylvania. Republicans have other plans.

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New Planned Parenthood ad hits Pa. senators over telemed bill restricting abortion access | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 19, 2020

(*Updated at 9:54 a.m., 5/19/20, to include comment from the campaign of Democratic state Senate hopeful George Scott) Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. The political wing of Planned Parenthood says it’s launching a six-figure digital and mail campaign, taking a trio of targeted Republican state senators to task for their votes in favor of a bill expanding access […]

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The one big reason that Gov. Wolf’s third try at a state police user fee won’t work | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - February 19, 2020

Charge Pennsylvanians for State Police services? In an election year? It's already impossible to gert lawmakers to execute on basic responsibilities.