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2 More Pa. State Reps, 1 Former State Rep Surrender on Corruption ChargesDA Seth Williams announced the charges against Rep. Louise Bishop, Rep. Michelle Brownlee, and former Rep. Harold James at a press conference.
Pa. House Approves Legislaton That Would Strengthen Charter Schools StatewideUnder the Republican-backed update to the current law, now nearly two decades old, charter schools would get their funding directly from the state, rather than having money pass through local school districts.
City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg LobbyistIn addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.
Despite Governor's Objection, Pa. Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill After an emotionally charged debate, Pennsylvania state senators passed legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana.
Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For PhiladelphiaThe $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city's struggling school district.
Phila. FOP Head Says Pa. State Senate Seat May Be His Next GoalThe head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he's likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.
Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For ActionThe mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.
Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City CouncilmanNeilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.
Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be DoneSchools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.
Gov. Corbett Meets With Pa. Lawmakers Over Taxes For Phila. Schools, With Little ResultThey met for about two hours, but in the end there was no agreement to bring the House back into session to vote on the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia public schools.
Philadelphia School Advocates Carry Funding Demand To HarrisburgThe point, organizers say, is that if dozens of people can take time from their lives to go to Harrisburg, lawmakers can come back into session and take action on the $2-a-pack cigarette tax.
Pa. Senate OKs Bill To Ban Cash Gifts to Legislators; House Future UncertainThe bill passed by the state senate would make it felony to accept cash gifts over $250. Under $250, it would be a misdemeanor.
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