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Pennsylvania Legislature

(State senators Larry Farnese, partially hidden, and Mike Stack, right, listen as Sen. Daylin Leach describes efforts to gain passage of marriage equality legislation in Pennsylvania.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Pa. Legislators Propose Sidestepping Colleague Who is Blocking Marriage Equality Bill

“If I were the speaker (of the Pennsylvania House), I would refer the bill to another committee,” Sen. Daylin Leach said today. “There is no law that requires this to be referred to the state government committee.”


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Wholesale Gasoline Tax in Pa. Goes Up By 9.5¢/Gal.

The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.


A rig drills for natural gas at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp.
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Local Environmental Group Applauds Pa. High Court Decision on Fracking Law

The group Penn Environment says the decision will give local government more power over where fracking can — and cannot — occur in their communities.


Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, delivers the results of their report card. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Education Advocates Give City Council, State Lawmakers Low Marks

City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.


(State rep Brian Simms speaks with reporters about Gov. Corbett's support for gay antidiscrimination legislation.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Gov. Corbett Backs Gay Anti-Discrimination Law, If Not Gay Marriage

State representative Brian Simms applauds the governor’s announcement — even if it appears to be a move to gain support for reëlection.


(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. House Approves Bills To Reduce Legislature By One Fourth

The state House has approved bills that could lead to an amendment to the state Constitution that would reduce the membership of the state House and Senate by about a fourth.


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Proposed Pa. Law Would Outlaw Eating Housepets For Food

Much of the world views dogs as trusted companions, but in some parts of Asia they are on the menu and considered a common dish or even a delicacy.


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Pa. Senate Agrees To ‘Prevailing Wage’ Cutback in Transportation Funding Bill

And a higher speed limit would be in the offing, too.


SEPTA previously said that without adequate funding, its Media-Elwyn line would be eliminated by 2015. (Credit: Jim Melwert)

SEPTA Boss Urging Pa. Lawmakers To Try Again On Transit Funding Deal

SEPTA leaders haven’t given up hope the state House will pass a transportation funding bill this session.


Ed Rendell.   File photo by Chris Kleponis/ Getty Images)

Rendell Criticizes Dems In Pa. House For Abandoning Transport Funding Bill

Transportation funding was one of Rendell’s biggest initiatives and biggest frustrations during his eight years as governor.


(Josh First, a sportsman and self-described conservative, wants laws protecting endangered species in Pennsylvania to remain intact.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Groups Say Proposed Legislation Will Further Endanger Endangered Species

Josh First, a sportsman and self-described conservative, says if the aim of the bill is to pave the way for natural gas extraction or other business activities, it will not work.


(Pennsylvania legislators hold hearing in Philadelphia on how hotel occupancy taxes are charged when a customer buys through an online travel site.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Pa. Legislators Re-examine Hotel Tax Formulas For Online Booking Sites

The Pennsylvania House is looking into closing what some consider a loophole in the way hotel occupancy taxes are collected, allowing online travel companies to keep more of the money.


(Pa. state rep Mike Vereb, at lectern, and fellow GOP legislators hold press conference near Rt. 422 in Oaks.  Credit: Brad Segall)

GOP State Lawmakers Hope To Roadblock Tolling of Rt. 422 in Montco

There’s nothing right now that indicates tolling the road is imminent, but Pennsylvania state representative Mike Vereb wants to shut the door before that discussion heats up again.


(Gov. Corbett places chunks of concrete he says came from deteriorating bridges on the carpet in front of his lectern.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Let’s Get Pennsylvania’s Bridges Fixed, Corbett Tells Legislators

The governor is urging voters to contact their legislators and make known their desire for passage of a transportation funding bill.


(Surrounded by supporters, Gov. Corbett ceremonially "signs" legislation he says will improve the doctor-patient relationship.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Says Doctors Should Be Able To Apologize Without Fueling Lawsuits

Gov. Corbett said the change allowing doctors to offer condolences will improve the relationship between patients and their health care providers.