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(Pa. attorney general Kathleen Kane and various state and law enforcement officials at the presentation of a new mobile forensics lab in Montgomery County.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Pa. Invests in Mobile Forensics Labs

“Rather than waiting for the evidence that we need to make an arrest of a child predator, we can now make that arrest within three to four hours,” said state attorney general Kathlee Kane.


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Pa. Lawmaker Plans Legislative Hearing Into Friday’s Massive Turnpike Pileup

Some have questioned why Pennsylvania Turnpike authorities lifted speed restrictions on the morning of the chain-reaction series of crashes.


(US Sen. Pat Toomey speaks to reporters at the Centre Square Fire Company, in Blue Bell.  Credit: Brad Segall.)

Pa. Lawmakers Press for Obamacare Exemption for Vol. Fire Departments

The IRS has still not clarified its position on whether volunteer fire companies would be required to provide health insurance for their firefighters under the mandate. But US senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) doesn’t want to wait for that decision.


(The Bridgeport Viaduct, in 2011.  Photo provided by Septa)

Pa. Senate Approves $1.8B Transportation Funding Measure

The state senate approved a plan that would lift a cap on wholesale gasoline taxes and would increase vehicle fees and fines for moving violation.


(The Pa. Senate Transportation Committee, on May 7th.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Committee Approves Transportation Funding Beyond Corbett’s Request

The measure approved by the committee would, among other things, lift a cap on wholesale gasoline prices at a faster rate than the governor has proposed.


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PA Senate Passes Bill Making For Tougher Arson Laws

A bill that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s arson laws – spurred by a string of arson fires that plagued Coatesville several years ago – has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.


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Without Corbett’s Endorsement, John Rafferty Ends Run For Attorney General

Republican State Senator John Rafferty has suspended his campaign for attorney general after Governor Corbett endorsed his only opponent for the GOP nomination, Cumberland County DA David Freed.


(Pa. state senator John Rafferty.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

State Sen. John Rafferty Declares Run For Pa. Attorney General Post

At an event in Harrisburg, Republican state senator John Rafferty not only announced his candidacy for attorney general but also picked up the endorsement of the state lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.


(Pa. State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) (file photo) wants to continue his push to reform the DRPA in June. Credit:

Suburban State Senator Plans New Effort To Reform DRPA

John Rafferty (R-44) says he will try to get the ball rolling in June on legislation to reform the Delaware River Port Authority.


Pa. Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Saving The Lives Of Underage Drinkers

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill designed to save the lives of minors involved in excess drinking.


Pa. Lawmakers Take New Look at Local Police Radar

  A key Pennsylvania state Senator thinks the tide may be turning regarding the decades-long opposition to allowing local police departments to use radar to catch speeders.  He’s behind a bill that could put radar […]