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Pa. Senate approves rules for impeachment trial, invites House to present articles against Krasner

BY: - November 29, 2022

Beginning its constitutional role in the impeachment process against Philadelphia’s top prosecutor on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Senate approved two resolutions setting rules for the rare and lengthy process and formally inviting the House of Representatives to deliver the articles to the upper chamber.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

With new leadership in the Pa. Senate, what are lawmakers prioritizing when they return to session?

BY: - November 17, 2022

Since Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber announced new leadership teams this week, their policy agendas and goals vary.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate elects Ward as president pro tempore, announces 2023-24 leadership

BY: - November 15, 2022

Pennsylvania Sen. Kim Ward will serve as the next interim Senate president pro tempore, making her the first woman appointed to the third-highest post in the state's government.

Pa. General Assembly approves amendment package as reproductive rights advocates protest

BY: , and - July 8, 2022

Late Thursday night, the Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill and table a series of amendments proposed by Democrats.

Pa. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform

BY: - June 20, 2022

With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.

Pa. students who lobbied to make the Hershey’s Kiss the official state candy see progress in Harrisburg

BY: - April 6, 2022

Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, was the only lawmaker on the panel to oppose the bill.

Senate committee investigating Pa. elections holds hearing on ballot drop boxes, Dems walk out

BY: - March 31, 2022

Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said Democratic committee members did not have time to prepare for Thursday’s hearing.

Pa. Senate panel approves bill that would call for U.S. Constitutional convention

BY: - February 8, 2022

Seventeen states, primarily in the south where the GOP holds the majority, have called for a convention, meeting the halfway point to trigger the meeting.

Pa. Senate committee takes up legalizing adult-use cannabis in initial legislative hearing

BY: - February 7, 2022

The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold another hearing on adult-use cannabis within the next month.

Pa. Senate committee OKs turnpike reform legislation

BY: - February 7, 2022

The Senate Transportation Committee approved a package of bills reforming the turnpike’s tolling system and financial reporting, with lawmakers hoping they will deter additional losses and make using the highway system more convenient for motorists.

‘This is not sustainable’: Pa. educators detail staffing shortage, urge legislative relief

BY: - February 1, 2022

Before the pandemic, there was already a growing staffing shortage, especially among classroom substitutes, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated educational challenges.

What we know about the 2020 Fulton County election review through open records

BY: - January 23, 2022

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about the review based on Right-to-Know Law requests granted by Fulton County