Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the bill.
Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the bill.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily blocked the inspection.
With the Jan. 30 deadline imposed by Pa. Commonwealth Court approaching, the Republican-controlled state Senate is trying to cobble together a compromise.
The proposed congressional redistricting map passed along party lines.
The Pennsylvania House plans to pass a Republican-drawn draft of the map.
A Pennsylvania House committee is moving forward a number of measures.
Mastriano was filmed walking past police barricades with protestors at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
“Consensus among voters is really clear. Most voters do not want to see that happen again.”
The team found that most cities and boroughs in the state are projected to face higher flood risks by the year 2099.
Critics say the one year timeframe for creating new regulations is especially unworkable. New regulations often take up to two years to develop.
Counties will have broad authority to decide where the money goes.
The House Republican caucus blasted out a press release deriding the House proposal as an “extreme partisan gerrymander in favor of Democrats.”
The map approval process drew criticism from fair district advocates, Democrats, and at least one Republican.
“Not only does this put the health of Pennsylvania families at risk, but it also means more methane pollution.”
The new congressional map must account for the loss of one seat, dropping the state’s D.C. delegation from 18 to 17 starting with the 2022 races.
Gov. Tom Wolf created the panel, known as the State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, in July in the wake of racial justice and police accountability protests.
Both would likely be better for Republican candidates than the current, court-drawn map is, but lawmakers say neither will be their final draft.
The state House GOP selected a map submitted by a former Republican commissioner in Lehigh County emphasizes equal population above all else.
“[For] the things that have some veracity, we’ll do some additional digging and if it’s worthy of being presented before the committee.”
Last week, a month after lawmakers introduced the tool, not a single constituent map was shown on the website.
Wolf has said it is a top priority to address what he says is a gun violence crisis affecting largely minority communities.
One political observer says residency might still become a problem for him on the campaign trail.
The Port is on track to process 740,000 containers by year’s end — up 15 percent from last year.
The court will hear arguments Dec. 8 in order to make a final decision.
Advocates are turning to the redistricting process to secure political power, but legal and systemic roadblocks pose a significant challenge.
Newly-public data shows outbreaks among staff and residents throughout the pandemic.
“We are hopeful he [Wolf] does come to the table [on this bill] and we can help voters vote and help those who administer our elections.”
The state expects the rule will cost water systems more than $121 million a year for treatment and monitoring.
Some obstacles remain before much of that money starts flowing to projects in the Keystone State.
“I think nothing is more political than to have a single, unitary executive making all the appointments and they are beholden to him to do whatever he wants.”
The PSERS board is debating how much to share with the public, how soon to share it — and how to cope with a pushback from employees.
“I look forward to the benefits this historic investment will provide in modernizing our infrastructure for the future of Pennsylvania.”
Critics argue the real aim of the grants was to unfairly increase voter turnout for Democratic and progressive candidates.
To prepare you for the upcoming trial we’ve broken down the history of this case, where it stands now, and where it could lead.
“I think the Pa. GOP has shifted a bit from [wanting] the most conservative candidate possible to, ‘Who is the most electable?’
Opponents say the bills would lock in status quo for fossil fuels
Several counties reported about 32 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls or returned a mail ballot by Tuesday night.
The race between Democrat Maria McLaughlin and Republican Kevin Brobson was marked by big campaign spending and negative ads.
Hundreds of local races across Pennsylvania are on today’s ballot, but determining who is bankrolling the candidates can be onerous.
“With this Unity map, we have the opportunity to elect a candidate of our choice who truly represents us.
Such programs already operate in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.
The western university group also got a brand name this month: Pennsylvania Western University, or Penn West.
Millions of dollars from special interests are pouring into the election, a clear sign of the potential future decisions that could hang in the balance.
“Even though we have 90 days to develop a preliminary plan…we’re all hopeful that we can get it done much sooner than that.”
The Wolf administration could implement new oversight of recovery homes by mid-2022, though challenges could cause delays.
The governor and Democratic lawmakers want to make affirmative consent policies standard practice at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
“The ballot is extremely long in several of our counties and they’re like up to three pages, which means that the cost of returning those ballots is more than just a single stamp.”
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“We have an opportunity here. Let’s make the best of it. Pennsylvania’s Hispanic community is ready to be a steward of change rather than victims of it.”
These races are more contentious than ever, but getting information can be difficult.
The lawmaker argues even though all 67 counties certified their results, the Department of State’s actions in 2020 deserve more scrutiny.
The Senate proposal would end the ability of voters to place themselves on a permanent list to receive mail-in ballots.
Texas-based pipeline builder Energy Transfer faces 48 criminal charges related to construction of its Mariner East pipeline project.
Upset at leaks about a federal investigation of the PSERS pension fund, board leaders have cut off other board members from legal briefings.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has widened the federal scrutiny of Pennsylvania’s mammoth public school pension plan.
Licensed child care providers can now apply for one-time grants to help them retain and recruit personnel and cover operational costs.
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s retirement is leaving a rare power vacuum in one of the country’s swingiest swing states.
The FBI and federal prosecutors launched a criminal probe of the $70 billion PSERS plan in March.
Such reviews are only just beginning elsewhere. That includes in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin .
About 7,000 prisoners will still be counted as residents of the districts where their prisons are located.
“We were also trying to run safe polling places and also deal with the additional attention that came from a very contentious presidential election.”
“When we can get together and talk about where there’s common ground, we’re much more productive.”
“This is an attack on our country’s greatest freedom,” Williams said. “It’s an attack on our right to vote.”
Data suggests during that time, only a six percent chance existed that a person who was vaccinated fell ill with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.
The process of passing a congressional map, which the state must do every decades, is essentially the same as passing a bill into law.
“The goal [of this hearing] is simply to stoke distrust and division. The most exasperating part of it all is that everyone on this panel knows that.”
“Nobody wanted to have unilateral government, whether that be from the executive or from the legislature. What people voted for…was cooperative government.”
Reports that show all 50 senators’ spending for the month of July were posted to the Senate’s website Wednesday morning.
Now, we’re in a partisan era in which, for example, some lawmakers argued against public health measures during a pandemic.
“Open up this process further than you already have. Make it easy for the public to follow and participate.”
State prisoners will be counted as residents of the districts where they originally lived.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says climate change is front-and-center as it plans for the future of the Commonwealth’s parks. CLICK HERE.
Jake Corman maintains the Senate’s aim is not to turn Trump’s defeat into victory, but to “getting to the bottom of everything that went on.”
“It’s not been demonstrated that there’s a need for this audit, and other folks have rejected the notion that something needs to be done as well.”
“Sometimes people are more ready to hear about different services, or they hear about it, it doesn’t work out the first time, but at least they know it’s out there.”
Pa. adopted rules intended to protect people from market volatility like what Texas saw last winter
“It’s clear that everyone wants to keep kids in the classroom and keep extra curricular activities going.”
“We’re hopeful that we can get through this process, but the census information coming at such a late time has really put us behind schedule.”
A Republican-majority county board in rural northern Pennsylvania on Tuesday accused a state senator of creating “unnecessary chaos.”
Nine states, including New York, have implemented new mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the more contagious variant indoors.
Despite warnings from good-government advocates and even some inside the Capitol that the state’s reimbursement systems are ripe for abuse.
“We can’t avoid those difficult subjects. We have to be able to talk about them, and the only way that we’re going to create good policy is to better understand it.”
Municipalities face a choice: take the funds, and agree to drop their lawsuits, or fight the drug companies in court.
Federal officials said turning over things like ballots or hard drives to anyone who isn’t an election official could violate the Civil Rights Act.
One big question: How hard should mapmakers try to match up district lines with county and municipal borders?
The system’s Board of Governors voted to proceed with those mergers in a unanimous vote last week, and plan to launch the new “integrated” western and northeast university systems next July.
So far, Tioga and York Counties have both said they will not be voluntarily turning over any material. Tioga said the primary reason was that Governor Tom Wolf’s administration had heavily discouraged it.
The move is part of the police accountability law passed by the General Assembly last July in response to the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Forecasters predict Pennsylvania will rake in nearly 15 percent more this year than last. That would be the largest increase of any state.
“We know that significant change must occur if we are going to ensure that accessible, affordable public higher education remains available and attractive to students.”
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Pennsylvania legislative leaders say a bill that would institute new mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crime is “off the calendar,” at least temporarily.
Unconventional wells produced 7.1 trillion cubic feet of gas last year, even as national and regional natural gas prices dipped in response to the pandemic.
The state’s Department of Health is working to hire a new company under an even pricier contract to take over its contact tracing program. The previous company was fired for a massive data breach.
Lead poisoning prevention experts are calling on the state to fund remediation and testing.
The money is supposed to make up for what states missed out on during the pandemic in taxes and fees — and help pay for the recovery effort over the next five years.
An amendment to the Senate bill designed to prevent “vaccine passports” would prohibit the secretary from ordering mask wearing and other public health measures.
Lawmakers are working with at least two new piles of money: $2.9 billion in unanticipated income and sales tax revenue and $7.29 billion from the federal government.
Western Pennsylvania Democrat Chris Sainato spent or has been reimbursed personally for more than $1.8 million in mileage, meals, lodging, travel, and office-related costs.
Sen. David Argall (R., Schuylkill) told Spotlight PA he does not see the “damage in doing it one more time to try to answer the concerns that people have.”
“If you add in the fact that we have had this crisis, and the governor has taken some heat for it, and the fact that people aren’t feeling better economically, I think that all comes together to produce these lower ratings.”
The official launch of a new state unemployment benefits portal last Tuesday was riddled with technical hiccups.
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.”