Republicans have described it as “comprehensive,” and the product of witness and expert testimony during a series of committee meetings earlier this year.
Republicans have described it as “comprehensive,” and the product of witness and expert testimony during a series of committee meetings earlier this year.
Many aspects of the proposal may not address actual problems, one expert said.
Pennsylvania Republicans lawmakers are calling for stricter voter identification requirements, in-person early voting, signature verification of mail ballots, and other major changes.
Acting State Human Services Secretary Meg Snead said parents ultimately have to make their own decisions about what’s safe.
Pennsylvania hopes to bring down a boom in the gypsy moth population, spraying for the invasive species of caterpillar in 19 counties, including northwest Pennsylvania.
The bipartisan measure comes in response to an ongoing investigation by Spotlight PA and The Caucus
“I still have a hard time believing that it wasn’t intentional, even with what was reported today.”
After weeks of widespread demonstrations, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of measures last July that he said “[made] progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe.”
“Our goal should be focused on getting the vaccine to those who want it, but not punish those who have made a personal choice.”
The Critical Incident Committee will look at police shootings. Another, called the Use of Force Committee, will review incidents when police hurt or killed someone and a gun wasn’t involved.
The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ballots are still being counted. The process will likely continue for at least another day.
Barletta, a former Hazleton mayor and four-term member of Congress, has far more electoral experience than any other potential challenger for the GOP nomination.
A few different versions of one of the ballot questions were designed and then randomly assigned each of the voters to answer one.
Lack of funds kept counties from using “assisted outpatient treatment” services in the past.
“Many of these disasters, while often short-lived, have long and complex recovery periods lasting weeks, months, and in some cases, years or decades.”
The CAB exists as a place where charter schools can challenge decisions made by their local school boards.
Union members called on House Health Committee Chair Kathy Rapp to consider their proposal.
“This does not kneecap the governor such that the governor isn’t able to operate as an executive.”
The state says it will not renew its contract with the agency after the incident.
The proposed northeastern entity would consist of Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Bloomsburg Universities.
Fracking caused upheaval over the disruption and environmental degradation in the rural communities surrounding Williamsport, and challenged the rural values of independence and sovereignty over private property.
“We need to identify, what’s the right message to reach those folks?”
“Right now we’re looking to negotiate.”
All states were to have opened vaccine appointments to all adults this week, if they hadn’t already.
“Pennsylvania would increase security of its election, lighten the burden on election officials, and ensure that all voters have an opportunity to return their ballot and ensure that it’s counted.”
While some of his Republican colleagues have said otherwise, the speaker is touting mask-wearing and vaccinations as “important to reducing the spread of the virus.”
The final phases have been on hold since late last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all workers have to do now is some fine-tuning and system tests.
“There’s nothing extraordinary in what the Supreme Court did in interpreting these [election] statutes. It’s what they do every day.”
“A lot of these storm pipes are undersized. So they become overwhelmed with stormwater particularly after significant rain events and flooding.”
The 1B group, estimated at just under one million people, includes postal workers, manufacturing laborers, and others considered essential workers who risk contracting the virus at their job.
Looser restrictions are complicated by a rise in cases fueled in part by more infectious variants.
Critics push PA to set enforceable drinking water levels to protect public health
A final vote could take place as early as next week, but time is running out to get the proposal before voters for the May primary.
Several of the men and women from Pennsylvania are among the highest-profile cases under investigation by the FBI.
Pennsylvania’s targets for renewable energy are set to max out this year unless the General Assembly takes action, and Republican leaders seem ready to leave increasing goals for green energy up to the private sector.
“While it may not happen very often that this is used, I think the circumstances of the…epic, historical mistake, warrant an epic, historical action on the part of the legislature to correct it.”
“If some of these folks have statewide aspirations, that is at least potentially an issue that could come back to be a liability in a statewide race.”
The Republican ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018, hitching his wagon to former State Sen. Scott Wagner.
State officials say there’s a need to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Under this latest plan, educators and staff will not be moved into Phase 1a, which would make them eligible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Restaurant and bar owners have pressured state lawmakers for months to give their struggling businesses more help.
Currently, about 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools, which serve half the total student population, are learning entirely remotely.
“We had time to prepare for this and that’s why everybody’s frustrated. It didn’t have to be this chaotic and it didn’t have to be this unorganized.”
Recent population estimates and data from the latest American Community Survey can be used to help figure out where the new district lines should be.
PennDOT has eyed nine bridges throughout the commonwealth –– each decades old and needing replacement –– that could be fixed within a few years if tolls of a dollar or two each were set up.
Health systems believed they were following state orders when they used vaccines that were supposed to be set aside for people awaiting their second doses.
By law, a five-member legislative committee called the Legislative Reapportionment Commission spearheads the map drawing process.
The Evans brothers are now home in Philadelphia after decades in prison. Convicted of second degree murder, they had few options for release in Pennsylvania under current law.
Currently, there are 600,000 more registered Democratic voters than Republicans in the commonwealth.
Industry rejects report, calls gas development a ‘game-changer for local economies’
When the Pennsylvania Department of State failed to advertise the proposed constitutional amendment that had been passed by the legislature, it halted a march toward justice for thousands of victims abused in the commonwealth.
Social media networks and online research skills give some younger people an edge, even as older people overall face higher risk of hospitalization and death.
Republican state lawmakers are mulling changes to Pennsylvania’s election law this session. They say that effort is aimed at improving the process for the state’s upcoming contests.
Politically, he has made a project of attempting to bridge the increasing conservatism of de-industrialized, once-Democratic-voting areas with his own brand of progressive politics.
“Pick your poison: either way, the Catholic Church is going to oppose it. We’re not going away. We’re not going to wait two years.”
More than 1,000 people are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania, even though they never intended to kill anyone — 70% of them are Black. A lawsuit calls the concept cruel and unconstitutional.
The proposal would increase the state’s personal income tax from 3.07% to 4.49% in the next fiscal year.
“To get Pennsylvania back on track from the disruptions that this pandemic is causing, we need to make major targeted investments to strengthen our economy.”
PCCY’s report found that the two-thirds of Pennsylvania school districts where enrollment has shrunk over the last thirty years receive far more funding per pupil from the state than the others that have grown.
“The public comment period just makes it clear that Pennsylvanians are really clamoring for concrete action to reduce climate pollution.”
Dr. Rachel Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state’s fight against COVID-19.
One would require appellate-level judges, like the state Supreme Court, to be elected by district rather than statewide.
Of the 149 projects granted money from the Growing Greener program, 43 in south central Pennsylvania will get $12 million.
“Hopefully if there’s protests, they’re peaceful. But you can’t take any chances, especially after what we witnessed in Washington, D.C.”
The retiring Pennsylvania senator joins his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for President Trump to resign. House Democrats are aiming to hold an impeachment vote this week.
“They lied about the results of the election. They lied about voter fraud.”
A change at the state level is blocking funding for a type of one-on-one therapy when conducted at clinics rather than in the home.
Eco-advocates say there are a lot of opportunities for lawmakers to act on the environment and climate change in the 2021-22 session. The question is whether they have the will to do it.
“You have these climate events happening, and we have systems that are built for things that happened 100 years ago, not what’s happening now. We need to shift focus to that.”
Good government groups across Pennsylvania fear that if Harrisburg Republicans get their way in the coming legislative session, the commonwealth could end up with a high court system that is one of the most partisan in the country.
If you’re wondering when your check will arrive, what’s up with your unemployment, or what else taxpayers should expect from the new program, here’s what you need to know.
There is “universal support” overall, but some disagreement on specifics.
The new public health measures come as COVID-19 cases near all-time highs and hospital intensive care units are nearing capacity.
As the Democrats’ leader, she’ll be responsible for putting together Democrats’ legislative strategy for next year’s session.
“We know that we can’t depend upon the federal government, given the fact that we’ve been waiting for them to respond to this crisis for months now.”
State announced $3.9 M studies after pressure from families of rare cancer patients in SW PA
Over 20 state representatives signed on to a co-sponsorship memo for a resolution calling on state leaders to delay vote certification — which occurred last week in the presidential race.
The attention has raised his political profile along with questions about whether he’ll run for statewide office in two years.
The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days..
As coronavirus cases soar in Pennsylvania, state lawmakers face a looming deadline to spend $1.3 billion in federal pandemic relief that the commonwealth received in early spring, but still hasn’t used.
“[He] made it very clear a year and a half ago that he had it out for me and was very vocal about that.”
A handful of cases are pending in courts around the state, including a few key challenges. If the Trump campaign can whittle away Biden’s advantage to 0.5%, Pennsylvania law would trigger an automatic recount.
The Voter Integrity Fund was launched a week ago by Matt Braynard, who says he’s raised over $500,000 to cross-reference public data in a quest to unearth malfeasance in the election.
PA faces a new dynamic if and when it considers whether to pursue its own recreational marijuana legalization measure.
Some have taken a more defiant approach, including several rank-and-file members of the House Republican Caucus.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m disenfranchising people. I’m just waiting on what the state wants us to do.”
Trump’s lead in PA has narrowed as mail-in votes are counted, but the race remains too close to call.
More than three-fourths of Republicans are planning to vote in person, while a majority of Democrats said they have or will cast a mail-in ballot.
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“We can no longer operate at the same size that we once were when we were a much larger university, so our expectation is that we will align those costs and revenues.”
A spokesperson for Bucks County confirmed at least 1,091 voters have received two ballots and an official in Mifflin County said 108 voters were subject to the error.
Both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden have pointed to a COVID-19 vaccine as key to ending the pandemic.
A survey of Pennsylvanians who did not vote in 2016, found nearly half of nonvoters wanted to cast ballots on Election Day, but were held back by logistical issues — bucking the stereotype of nonvoters as people who are checked out of politics.
“The closer the race, the longer it will take to know who the winner is, and oftentimes you do know within 24-36 hours because it’s not a very, very close race.”
“We need the economic growth. We need the revenue and we need the restorative justice that the legalization of adult-use cannabis will provide.”
More than two dozen election officials said they’ll set up at least a drop box or two monitored by a law enforcement official, security camera or both.
Pennsylvania school-choice advocates are pushing hard for a measure that would send federal coronavirus relief money directly to families to put towards private school tuition, tutoring, or other educational expenses.
“Restaurant self-certification is just one tool in the toolbox we can use to increase customer competence, protect ourselves, and grow our businesses.”
“I think…it’s now more of a concern than ever.”
The support for raising the federal minimum wage is higher than it was before the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
The president’s speech included several of the false claims that are regular parts of his stump speeches.
“It’s so important that we address the right and the dignity behind our natural appearance, and being able to show up as we naturally are.”
Advocates say the ruling is a win for students and families, allowing them to better hold school districts accountable for discriminatory bullying that happens under their watch.
“[The ruling] jeopardizes the security and integrity of our elections and will potentially put Pennsylvania in the middle of a disastrous national crisis.”
The governor and health secretary want residents to guard against the virus as a federal judge calls stay-at-home and business closure orders — since lifted — unconstitutional.
The governor wants the deadline to send out vote-by-mail applications moved up, among other things.
Eight years ago, the state slashed $84 million targeted toward these programs and many services were eliminated. Now, advocates fear they could be on the chopping block again.
The Pa. Department Human Services had been planning to distribute $42 million to the parents of about 330,000 kids later this month, but learned recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had rejected their plan.
“I can’t think of anything more simple than slowing down and moving over if you can.”
It’s the latest stress the industry has faced since COVID-19 turned the child care sector upside down in March.
“We know our hospitality industry is really taking a beating because of this pandemic, and they’re going to need to bounce back. Giving them an edge by having cannabis tourism is tremendously helpful.”
For the next 90 days, public rules on masks and social distancing, as well as relaxed rules on unemployment insurance and professional certification will remain in place.
Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.
“We’re all trying to figure out, ‘How can the counties have the responsibility for making sure the count is accurate and as timely as possible?”
“We want children to be in situations where they’re safe and supervised by trusted adults.”
Gov. Tom Wolf calls for some of the revenue from marijuana sales to go toward “repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.”
Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.
“If the pandemic was over today, and our economy was back to where it was pre-pandemic, we would probably be in a pretty good place. I think the concern really comes in when we look at the future.”
“It’s technically doable, I guess.”
“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour left open the possibility that the football team won’t play at all.
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election.
Pennsylvania’s finances received a welcome — but probably temporary — boost in July, with tax collections up 6.6% compared to the same time last year, according to figures released Monday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.
Coronavirus testing, online instruction, and the ability to turn on a dime are central to reopening plans
State officials are trying again, this time with a grant program targeted at the smallest and most vulnerable operations.
As the face of the state’s COVID-19 response, Health Secretary Rachel Levine has been the subject of numerous personal attacks.
“If we did something as a business, the person would just up and leave and go somewhere else, because someone else is not going to enforce it.”
“I’ve been doing this since April 4th, and I have received zero money. The problem is you cannot get through on the phone.”
8 percent of claims needed to be reviewed manually.
The lawsuit represents yet another test of Wolf’s emergency powers, which have been unsuccessfully challenged several times.
Bill sponsor, transparency advocates urge governor to reconsider
“This whole process we’ve had an array of choices and they’ve all been bad.”
The state Supreme Court earlier this month upheld the governor’s disaster emergency declaration, saying the legislature can’t terminate the declaration on its own.
“We find the data is suggesting children should be wearing masks any time they are outside of their family’s home and can’t maintain a distance of 6 or more feet.”
The state supreme court sided with Wolf in a ruling last week.
It’s not often when the top leadership position in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives opens up in the middle of legislative session. But when it did this year, there was broad agreement it was Lancaster County native Bryan Cutler’s job for the taking.
GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration
Pennsylvania, Oregon and Kansas are among the latest states to require face coverings in public settings as COVID-19 cases surge in much of the country. Health officials say masks can slow the spread.
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the coronavirus typically enters nursing homes through workers who don’t have symptoms.
Secretary of Environmental Resources and Energy panel said he was offended by AG’s characterization of natural gas industry
Bid to limit governor’s emergency powers is attached to racial equality amendment
Grand jury makes proposals on regulation, oversight of fracking industry
“I really don’t think there’s reason for the governor to have this power over guns. We are given the ability to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.”
“These ideas increase funds, but don’t increase public safety.”
“When a crime is committed because of how a company does business, rather than an individual’s actions, we charge the company.”
The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance
“I don’t have confidence in his numbers and some of his people.”
“This ruling may well shape the way that the federal courts interpret other federal statutes that outlaw discrimination based on sex.”
Action comes one week after Black Caucus members led protest on House floor
Responding to legislature’s lawsuit, Wolf asks high court to use “King’s Bench” jurisdiction
“Nothing changes. Essentially, the resolution that was passed last evening is meaningless.”
Action sets up a likely court fight over whether governor can veto the move
Speaker Turzai says he supports calling a special session
Hearing points to structural inequity, unequal treatment as causes of COVID-19’s exacting toll
More voters cast provisional ballots Tuesday because they hadn’t received their mailed ballot or feared it wouldn’t make the return deadline.
Annual event was expected to draw as many as 2,000 2nd Amendment activists on Monday
The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
Wolf makes surprise announcement that he’s extending deadline for returning mail-in ballots by a week
Most of western Pa. moves to green phase of coronavirus reopening plan next week.
Senate still needs to act, but resolution faces almost certain disapproval by governor
After rejecting bill to reopen real estate industry, Wolf issues guidelines to accomplish the same goal
“When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren’t being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?”
“The families claim “online learning is wholly inadequate to meet the needs of nonverbal and partially verbal children with autism who rely upon…in-person instruction.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine responded to critics who say there are holes in the state’s plan to test all residents and staff at nursing homes: “The plan is an evolution.”
Pa. is only state in nation where real estate is on hold during coronavirus
PA business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state