Pennsylvania Legislature

(Pedro Cortés speaks with reporters following his confirmation hearing.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Wolf Nominee Hits Rough Spot Over Role in 2011 Abortion Clinic Case

Pedro Cortés held the same position as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of State under former governor Ed Rendell, when the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case transpired.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

(Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, associate vice president and Title IX coordinator of Drexel University, testifies before Philadelphia City Council's education committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Area Schools Want To Make It Easier to Pursue Campus Sex Assault Cases

Supporters say the concept, nicknamed “Yes Means Yes,” will allow a sex assault case to move forward even if the alleged victim didn’t explicity say “no.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/09/2015

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Pa. Lawmaker Urging Passage of Bill Giving Crime Victims Right To Watch Their Court Case

Forty-two states and the federal government make it a priority for crime victims not to be forced to wait outside while their alleged attacker has their day in court.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/24/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite.   File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Chief Lukewarm to State Takeover of Some Low-Performing Schools

Low-performing schools in Pennsylvania could wind up in a state-run district, under a new proposal in Harrisburg. Philadelphia superintendent William Hite says that could put additional financial pressure on Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

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Commonwealth Court Nixes Lawsuit Over ‘Adequate’ Education in Pennsylvania

In dismissing the suit brought by six school districts, parents, and the NAACP, Commonwealth Court ruled that funding schools is an issue for the state legislature, not the courts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

(Pa. state rep. Stan Saylor speaks to members of the House Finance Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. House Republicans Still Tweaking Their Rival Plan For Statewide Property Tax Relief

Stan Saylor (R-York County) told the committe that the GOP property tax relief plan, like Gov. Wolf’s plan, would reduce but not eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

(Pa. state senator Vincent Hughes speaks with reporters in the state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

State Sen. Vincent Hughes Backs Wolf’s Nominee to Head Pa. State Police

Hughes says reports that nominee Marcus Brown recently received an anonymous, racist letter underscores the need to get him approved.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/25/2015

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Pa. Lawmakers Hold Philadelphia Hearing On Medical Marijuana Legalization

Opinions differed among experts on whether the Pennsylvania legislature should join 23 other states in approving marijuana for medical use.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/24/2015

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Pa. Lawmakers Hear From Casino Execs About How to Protect the Gambling Industry Here

A Pennsylvania House committee charged with overseeing casino gambling within the commonwealth held a pair of hearings in our region, looking into ways to keep the industry more competitive.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(William Ryan, chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, testifies before members of the Pa. House.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Gaming Control Chair Says Approval of 2nd Philadelphia Casino Was The Right Thing

Appearing today at state House budget hearings, William Ryan defended the board’s decision to award a license for a second casino in Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

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Public Education Advocates Take Pennsylvania To Court Over School Funding

The suit, filed last fall by parents’ groups and a coalition of school districts, claims the current state funding system shortchanges students.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/11/2015

File Photo. (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

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