Pennsylvania Legislature

(Gov. Tom Wolf, during his 2015 budget address.  Image from Commonwealth of Pa. TV)

Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address Outlines Far-Reaching Overhaul of Taxes — Some Up, Some Down

Wolf called for a tax on natural gas drilling, to increase the state’s contribution to public schools to 50 percent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/03/2015

Governor Tom Wolf, in file photo. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Governor Wolf Plays It Close To The Vest As He Prepares Budget Address

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he thinks there will be some “nice surprises” in the budget address he is preparing to deliver to the state legislature next week. But for now, he’s not tipping his hand.

02/24/2015

(Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at the Caln Elementary School, in Thorndale, Pa.  Image from Commonwealth of Pa. TV)

Gov. Wolf, in Chesco, Promotes Natural Gas Drilling Tax as Benefit For Pennsylvania’s Schools

Wolf says his natural gas drilling tax plan could raise $1 billion, most of which would go to education.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Pennsylvania legislators listen as Delilah Rumburg of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape endorses new legislation limiting the parental rights of rapists.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Legislature Revisits Proposed Law To Limit Parental Rights of Rapists

Delilah Rumburg, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, says as it stands now under Pennsylvania law, a rapist has parental rights when his victim chooses to keep the baby.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(Workers prepare to depart for Harrisburg from 16th and JFK Blvd.   Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia Workers Attend Minimum-Wage-Hike Rally in Harrisburg

Organizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

Pa. Lawmakers Holding Montco Hearing on Revising Statewide Public School Funding Formula

It’s part of an ongoing series of meetings of the Basic Education Funding Commission, created by a 2014 law with the goal of coming up with a formula for distributing state funds to school districts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/05/2015

(Some of the guns confiscated by police in Philadelphia.  File photo by KYW's Tony Hanson)

Court Fight Ahead as NRA, Backed by New Pa. Law, Sues City of Philadelphia

The cities being sued have already challenged the constitutionality of the law in Commonwealth Court.

01/14/2015

(Pa. senator-elect Art Haywood is proposing legislation that would require special prosecutors in cases where police use deadly force.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Freshman Pa. Legislator Proposes Special Prosecutors in Police Deadly-Force Cases

State senator-elect Art Haywood says his first action after he is sworn in to the Pennsylvania Senate on January 6th will be to introduce a bill that requires the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor whenever a suspect is killed by police.

12/19/2014

PA Governor Tom Wolf. (Credit: CBS3)

GOP Eyes Window For Action Before Wolf Takes Over

Some Republicans say it’s still possible to enact far-reaching legislation before Democrat Tom Wolf takes office as Pennsylvania’s governor, even though the Legislature is done for the year.

11/15/2014

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

Lawsuit Filed Against Commonwealth of Pa. Over School Funding

A group of school districts, parents, and the NAACP are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, claiming the state’s level of school funding is unconstitutional.

11/10/2014

(Image from City of Phila. TV)

Pennsylvania Towns Sue Over State Legislation on Gun Control Measures

Mayor Nutter and a host of other Democrats from across Pennsylvania are going to court, trying to overturn a bill signed into law by Gov. Corbett last month.

11/10/2014

Tom Wolf File Photo (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Insiders Urge Wolf To Build Bridges In Harrisburg

To succeed, Tom Wolf must be judicious in choosing the senior aides who will be his diplomats in the Legislature and quickly establish rapport with key lawmakers, statehouse insiders believe.

11/08/2014

Tom Wolf poses for a "selfie" outside Philadelphia City Hall on Election Day 2014. (Credit: Mike Dunn/ KYW Newsradio)

Political Observers See Hard Legislative Road Ahead For Tom Wolf

Getting elected was step #1 for Tom Wolf. Now, how will he deal with Pennsylvania lawmakers?

11/05/2014

(Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington, wearing checked suit, arrives in Montgomery County Court for sentencing.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Pa. State Sen. Washington Pleads Guilty, Gets House Arrest

Washington pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to a political corruption investigation.

10/30/2014

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

Guilty Plea Coming from Pa. State Senator LeAnna Washington

Her lawyers say they will meet on Monday to confirm the details and expect to formally enter Washington’s guilty plea on Thursday or Friday of next week.

10/24/2014

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