One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For SchoolsRep. 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.
Panel Aims To Revamp PA Ed Funding FormulaA new commission empanelled by the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s formula to fund basic education has held its first meeting.
US Education Secretary Pleads For Pa. Lawmakers To 'Do the Right Thing' For Philly Schools"The children of Philly deserve better," said secretary of education Arne Duncan (center) at a Community College of Philadelphia roundtable on how young men of color can achieve.
Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Budget, Vetoes Legislative FundingGov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the state legislature’s budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.
Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax"While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and 'We finally got it done,' we have not gotten it done," warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).
Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax LegislationAn amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.
Prosecutors Hope To Keep Pa. Sen. LeAnna Washington Case in MontcoThe defense wants the case moved to Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, claiming that all of the action in the corruption case is in the city.
Pa. Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization BillThe bill is sponsored by state senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County), who advocated tirelessly and passionately for it.
House Version of Pa. Budget to Incorporate Liquor Store Privatization In an apparent effort to light a fire under the feet of their counterparts in the state senate, a committee in the Pennsylvania House has advanced a new state budget partially funded by revenues from the sale of liquor retailing licenses.
Teachers' Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District ControlHillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important -- albeit symbolic -- statement.
Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Give Disabled Equal Access to Organ Transplants The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Sabatina (D-Phila., third from left in photo).
Pa. Lawmakers Move To Shield Outdoorsmen From Drone SurveillanceThe sponsor of the bills says the legislation is prompted by sportsmen in Massachusetts who expressed concerns about drones being used to videotape legal hunting and fishing.
Medical Marijuana Nearing a Vote in Pennsylvania LegislatureAt a hearing on medical marijuana, the committee heard testimony from Irvin Rosenfeld, one of only a few people who get marijuana for medicinal purposes approved by the federal government.
Pa. Lawmakers Move To Codify Legal Uses For Electronic Welfare CardsIt is already the current policy of the state's Department of Public Welfare to prohibit the use electronic benefits transfer cards for tobacco and alcohol, and to prohibit their use in casinos or adult entertainment establishments.
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.