Pennsylvania Legislature

(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" in Philadelphia on election day morning. (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

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington. Photo provided)

Case Against Pa. Sen. LeAnna Washington May Be Wrapping Up

Judge Steven O’Neill told defense attorneys that he’ll want to know by Friday whether Washington will plead guilty to the charges against her or whether her case will go to trial.

10/20/2014

(The "Protect PA Kids" web site.)

In Pennsylvania, Protecting Children is One PAC’s Sole Aim

PAC founder Susan Matthews says their key issue is reforming the statute of limitations in the wake of the Sandusky and Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex scandals.

10/16/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

State Senator Wants to Give Pa. Governor Power to Abolish the SRC

Currently, the SRC must approve its own dissolution.

10/14/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

(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

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