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Pennsylvania Legislature

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Little Chance For Anti-Gay-Bashing Law This Year in Pennsylvania

Several years ago, citing a procedural error, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a law that made assault due to sexual orientation a hate crime.

09/18/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. House Cancels Vote on Cigarette Tax To Help Philadelphia Schools

The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

07/31/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For Schools

Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) confirms that supporters of a $2-per-pack city cigarette tax to raise funds for Philadelphia schools are having trouble rounding up enough votes to pass it in the House.

07/31/2014

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby (top right) speaks at commission's first meeting. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Panel Aims To Revamp PA Ed Funding Formula

A new commission empanelled by the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s formula to fund basic education has held its first meeting.

07/28/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

US Education Secretary Pleads For Pa. Lawmakers To ‘Do the Right Thing’ For Philly Schools

“The children of Philly deserve better,” said secretary of education Arne Duncan (center) at a Community College of Philadelphia roundtable on how young men of color can achieve.

07/11/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, accompanied by Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby, speaks with reporters after signing but vetoing portions of the new state budget.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Budget, Vetoes Legislative Funding

Gov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the state legislature’s budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.

07/10/2014

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams, left, listens as Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters regarding school funding issues.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax

“While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and ‘We finally got it done,’ we have not gotten it done,” warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).

07/07/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax Legislation

An amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.

07/03/2014

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington leaves her preliminary hearing in Abington, Pa.   March 26th file photo by Brad Segall)

Prosecutors Hope To Keep Pa. Sen. LeAnna Washington Case in Montco

The defense wants the case moved to Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, claiming that all of the action in the corruption case is in the city.

07/03/2014

(Pa. State Sen. Mike Folmer.   File photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

The bill is sponsored by state senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County), who advocated tirelessly and passionately for it.

06/27/2014

(State rep. Bill Adolph, chairman, speaks during a meeting of the Pa. House Appropriations Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

House Version of Pa. Budget to Incorporate Liquor Store Privatization

In an apparent effort to light a fire under the feet of their counterparts in the state senate, a committee in the Pennsylvania House has advanced a new state budget partially funded by revenues from the sale of liquor retailing licenses.

06/24/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teachers’ Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District Control

Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.

06/22/2014

(Karen Corby, the mother of an autistic man, speaks in favor of legislation that would give the disabled equal access to organ transplants.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Give Disabled Equal Access to Organ Transplants

The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Sabatina (D-Phila., third from left in photo).

06/16/2014

(A US military drone operating in Afghanistan.  File photo by John Moore/ Getty Images)

Pa. Lawmakers Move To Shield Outdoorsmen From Drone Surveillance

The sponsor of the bills says the legislation is prompted by sportsmen in Massachusetts who expressed concerns about drones being used to videotape legal hunting and fishing.

06/13/2014

(Irvin Rosenfeld shows his legally prescribed marijuana cigarettes during his testimony before the Pa. Senate's Law and Justice Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Medical Marijuana Nearing a Vote in Pennsylvania Legislature

At a hearing on medical marijuana, the committee heard testimony from Irvin Rosenfeld, one of only a few people who get marijuana for medicinal purposes approved by the federal government.

06/10/2014

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