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  • Another GOP lawmaker backs drilling industry tax 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:26 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Another Republican state lawmaker in the Republican-controlled Legislature is lining up behind a proposal to impose a new tax on Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry.

  • Corbett signs 4 more child-abuse prevention bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:49 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Four more bills spurred by the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals are now law in Pennsylvania.

  • Proposed changes to Pa. distressed-city law aired 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:41 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The first proposed update of Pennsylvania's distressed-municipality law since it was passed in 1987 drew wide-ranging testimony Thursday about not only the law but the financial pressures facing the state's cities and towns.

  • Pennsylvania House speaker says senator needs help 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:28 am
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith says he hopes a state senator who was asked to leave a Harrisburg bar after confronting him there gets help for her problems.

  • Bill pays for lawyers to help Pennsylvania poor 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:07 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A Pennsylvania state senator said the chamber took a first step Tuesday toward trying to change Pennsylvania's status as the only state government that has never helped the poor get lawyers to defend them in criminal cases.

  • Judge OKs ailing ex-lawmaker to return to Pa. 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:08 pm
  • WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - A federal judge has ruled that an ailing former northeastern Pennsylvania senator in prison on corruption charges can return home for an examination by his own doctors.

  • Wagner, elected to York district, joins Pa. Senate 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:29 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The owner of a York-based trash hauler is Pennsylvania's newest state senator after battling his own party for a write-in victory.

  • Pennsylvania charter school sports draws debate 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 5:34 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A proposal to limit sports programs at charter schools in Pennsylvania drew indignation from charter school advocates at a legislative meeting Tuesday.

  • Pro-marijuana supporters rally in Pa. Capitol 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 12:30 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A few hundred people who want the state to change its marijuana laws - for a variety of reasons - took their campaign to the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday with a two-hour rally.

  • W. Pa. lawmaker backs Sunshine Act updates 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 1:19 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania lawmaker is supporting legislation that would restrict what publicly funded agencies can talk about in private.

  • Miller quits GOP primary for Wagner's Senate seat 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 2:53 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A candidate backed by the Republican Party establishment who lost a state Senate seat to a write-in candidate is dropping out of the race for a full Senate term.

  • Pa. Senate OKs bill to help schools with snow days 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 5:24 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg.

  • Report: Pa. fish, game merger would save millions 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 12:40 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A new legislative study says merging Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission with the Game Commission could save nearly $5 million annually in personnel costs.

  • Pa. lawmakers OK protective orders in sex cases 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 6:17 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill headed to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett would give victims of sexual violence the ability to ask a judge for a protective order against their alleged attackers.

  • Petition of potential Corbett foe is challenged 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 6:07 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A group of Republican voters supported by the state GOP filed an 11th-hour challenge to the nomination petition of conservative activist Bob Guzzardi on Tuesday in an effort to keep him off the May 20 primary ballot and give Gov. Tom Corbett a clear path to the nomination.

  • Pa. hunting agency agrees to demand for changes 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 5:26 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Game Commission wasted no time Tuesday agreeing to comply with demands by Gov. Tom Corbett and several high-ranking state lawmakers to reverse some recent decisions and adopt a new policy on outside work by employees.

  • Pa. House moves to clarify what happens to remains 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 5:19 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill is on its way to the state Senate to clarify what should happen when surviving family members can't agree on what to do about their dead relative's remains.

  • Pa. House stiffens penalty for killing police dog 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 5:19 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A proposal to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony, a bill prompted by the stabbing death in January of Pittsburgh police dog Rocco, was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Pennsylvania state House.

  • Pa. House panel OKs bill on gas drilling royalties 
    Updated: Mar-17-14 6:22 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill that would limit the ability of natural gas exploration companies to deduct costs before paying royalties to Pennsylvania landowners has the approval of a state House committee.