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Pennsylvania Legislature

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside the Gideon School in Strawberry Mansion.  City of Phila. photo)

Philly Schools Funding Proposal Causing Widespread Consternation

Mayor Nutter says he’s concerned that the proposed graduated split in sales tax proceeds would need approval from the state General Assembly.

05/15/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

(Democratic members and staffers walk out of a hearing of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. House Democrats, Republicans Tussle Over Attorney-General Hearing

A GOP-orchestrated committee hearing on the possible impeachment of state attorney general Kathleen Kane proceeded despite a walkout by Democratic members and staffers.

05/06/2014

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

Reacting to Aborted Corruption Sting, Pa. House Bans Most Cash Gifts To Members

The Pennsylvania House is banning cash gifts except those from family members or non-lobbyist friends in circumstances where the motivation was clearly personal.

04/02/2014

(Mike Innocenzo, CEO of Peco, testifies before the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Peco CEO Expresses Pride Over Ice Storm Power Recovery Effort

Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.

03/27/2014

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

Witness Describes Arranging Pa. Lawmaker’s Fundraiser Using State Resources

Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington has been ordered held for trial on charges that she misused her Senate offices to raise money for her campaign.

03/26/2014

(Members of the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee share a light moment during proceedings.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Says Variable-Rate Electric Plans Need Caps To Protect Consumers

“I agree with most of your comments on the free market,” Rep. Robert Goshall told an electric industry representative who testified. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked.”

03/20/2014

(Pa. Rep. John Taylor, R-Phila.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Move To Tighten Gun Control Laws For Philadelphia

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill, sponsored by Rep. John Taylor (R-Phila.), which will create a minimum two-year prison sentence for someone who carries an unlicensed gun in Philadelphia.

03/18/2014

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington, accompanied by her son, arrives at a district justice office in Abington to face theft and related charges.  March 2014 file photo by KYW's Brad Segall)

Pa. State Senator LeAnna Washington Charged With Illegal Use of Staff

The state attorney general’s office says that state senator LeAnna Washington, a Democrat who represents portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, has been charged with theft and conflict of interest.

03/12/2014

John Perzel (center) at the Dauphin County Courthouse.  credit: Tony Romeo

Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel Paroled From Prison

Former Pennsylvania House speaker John Perzel has been paroled from prison after serving nearly two years on a corruption conviction.

02/27/2014

(credit: Paul Kurtz)

Pa. Lawmaker Plans Legislative Hearing Into Friday’s Massive Turnpike Pileup

Some have questioned why Pennsylvania Turnpike authorities lifted speed restrictions on the morning of the chain-reaction series of crashes.

02/19/2014

(Nutter speaks to a luncheon of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Wobbly Funding For Phila. Schools a Business Issue, Too, Nutter Tells Leaders

“There is not one business in this room that would operate that way,” he told the business leaders.

02/18/2014

(Pa. House speaker Sam Smith.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. House Speaker Sam Smith Won’t Run For Reëlection; Cites Divisiveness

Rep. Sam Smith, a Republican from Punxsutawney, indicates he will step down at the end of the current session, in November, after four years as speaker.

02/11/2014

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Will Pa. Schools Get Reprieve From Snow Make-Up Days? Time Will Tell.

Pennsylvania law requires elementary and secondary schools to hold 180 days of classes. Many districts are struggling to fit them in after being closed for so many snow days.

02/07/2014

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