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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

David McCormick enters crowded Pa. U.S. Senate race; will seek Republican nomination

BY: - January 13, 2022

Whoever fills the seat will replace retiring GOP U.S. Sen Pat Toomey, and the race could determine which party controls the upper chamber in Washington.

Senate committee advances GOP fetal remains legislation

BY: - December 14, 2021

Proposed as the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains Act, the bill would require health care facilities, including abortion providers, to arrange for either a burial or cremation after a miscarriage or abortion. Parents also could make arrangements and assume potential costs.

Senate Judiciary committee advances bill to increase penalties for people who evade arrest

BY: - October 19, 2021

The legislation sponsored by Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, and Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, came after Scranton police officer John Wilding fell to his death in 2015 while chasing three teenagers suspected of armed robbery. 

As Pa. lawmakers evaluate the future of electric vehicles, this company is thinking strategically

BY: - October 5, 2021

“This is the future, and I think we need to get ahead of this from a commonwealth perspective and realizing the potential this has to bring jobs and economic growth to our region,” Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc, R-Clearfield, said.