- Pennsylvania lawmakers consider changes to open-records law Updated: Jul-03-15 11:25 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A 2009 law that made wholesale changes to Pennsylvania's open records law has been praised for expanding the universe of government records available to the public and improving the process by which people can obtain records.
- Wolf vetoes bills on liquor privatization, school funding Updated: Jul-02-15 4:44 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor on Thursday as well as two budget-related bills, two days after he rejected the main budget bill.
- Absent Pennsylvania House leaders still voted on school bill Updated: Jul-01-15 1:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Leaders of Pennsylvania's House Republican majority are being recorded as "yes" votes on a key budget-related schools bill, even though they weren't in the House chamber for the vote.
- The Latest: Pennsylvania governor vetoes GOP's budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 10:34 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from efforts by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to send various pieces of major legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk (all times local):
- If Pennsylvania budget stalls, a rundown of what to expect Updated: Jun-30-15 1:38 pm
If Pennsylvania begins its new fiscal year Wednesday without a budget in place, here's a rundown of what to expect:
- School aid formula being considered creates winners, losers Updated: Jun-29-15 11:20 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A new public school funding formula being considered by the Legislature would create winners and losers as it seeks a way to link the distribution of state aid more closely to need.
- A look at GOP plans for budget, pension and liquor bills Updated: Jun-27-15 6:08 pm
The House and Senate Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania Legislature are scrambling to advance major legislation to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf in the final days of the state government's 2014-15 state fiscal year, which ends Tuesday night. Details of the legislation were still emerging Saturday and potentially changing in the days ahead. Here is a summary of the latest details:
- House panel narrows breadth of changes in GOP pension bill Updated: Jun-27-15 2:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Republicans are abandoning a plan to seek billions of dollars in concessions from current employees in legislation to scale back benefits in Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems.
- GOP lawmakers press budget plan that risks governor's veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Top Republican lawmakers said Friday they plan within days to finalize a $30.1 billion budget package that would not raise taxes, although it faces an almost-certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and a protracted partisan stalemate and shutdown of Pennsylvania state government.
- The Latest: GOP advances $30B budget bill that risks veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from an effort by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to advance a budget bill (all times local):
- GOP bill to privatize wine, liquor sales under construction Updated: Jun-26-15 7:34 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill to allow private licensees to take over the state-controlled sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania is under construction by House and Senate Republicans, with votes possible in the coming days, an architect of the plan said Friday.
- Pennsylvania lawmakers send Wolf bill funding 911 centers Updated: Jun-25-15 6:32 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania lawmakers on Thursday sent a bill to raise millions to fund 911 emergency call centers to Gov. Tom Wolf, who is expected to sign it.
- Lawmakers advance bill to ban sale, use of powdered alcohol Updated: Jun-25-15 5:16 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A proposal to ban powdered alcohol is advancing in the Pennsylvania Legislature.
- Bill would grant adoptees access to their birth certificates Updated: Jun-25-15 3:05 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A proposal to give adoptees access to their original birth certificates is on the agenda for a Pennsylvania House panel.
- Senate panel approves Wolf's nominee for state treasurer Updated: Jun-24-15 1:26 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee to complete the Pennsylvania state treasurer's term won the unanimous approval of a Senate panel Wednesday and vowed to avoid conflicts with his official duties.
- House OKs bill to factor in performance in teacher furloughs Updated: Jun-23-15 8:04 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow public schools to factor in performance when laying off teachers and to cut staff during hard economic times.
- Packed Pennsylvania Capitol leaves little room for agreement Updated: Jun-23-15 5:02 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The tension of budget season spilled over Tuesday into heated exchanges at back-to-back rallies at the Pennsylvania Capitol on the virtues of the state's Marcellus Shale industry and public schools.
- Open Pennsylvania Senate seat to be filled Nov. 3 Updated: Jun-23-15 11:52 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A special election in western Pennsylvania is scheduled for Nov. 3 to fill vacant seat in the Pennsylvania Senate.
- Pennsylvania strip club registry bill pulled for more work Updated: Jun-22-15 4:14 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill to put more restrictions on Pennsylvania strip clubs and institute a state registry for strippers and others in the adult entertainment industry won't move through a legislative committee this week after all.
- Correction: Merit Selection-Judges story Updated: Jun-17-15 9:55 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - In a story June 16 about a plan to appoint Pennsylvania appellate judges instead of electing them, The Associated Press erroneously reported how judges would be picked for an initial four-year term. The judges would be appointed, not elected.
- Bill to allow hunting with semi-automatics gets mixed review Updated: Jun-15-15 5:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Proponents of legislation to allow hunters to use semi-automatic rifles urged lawmakers Monday to end the nation's only ban on the practice, but the director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission warned that any such change would be limited in scope, at least initially.
- Senate looks to delay graduation exam requirements Updated: Jun-15-15 5:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The use of tests as a public school graduation requirement beginning with Pennsylvania's class of 2017 is meeting resistance in the state Legislature.
- Pa. lawmakers' 'reform caucus' touts proposed gift limits Updated: Jun-15-15 1:41 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The "reform caucus" in the Pennsylvania Legislature said Monday it hopes to rein in gifts and other freebies in an institution that doesn't currently limit them.
- House panel to air views on Wolf's death penalty moratorium Updated: Jun-11-15 3:35 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A state House panel is set to hold a hearing on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on Pennsylvania's death penalty.
- Pa. House speaker says Wolf gas drilling tax would cost jobs Updated: Jun-09-15 4:13 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai is making the case against imposing a new severance tax on gas drilling in the state, saying it may cost jobs and harm the industry.