Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller was the associate editor at the Capital-Star.

‘Say no more:’ Advocates gather in support of anti-trafficking legislation

By: - November 15, 2023

House Bill 1241, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Webster (D-Montgomery), would require massage businesses to obtain a state-issued license, granting inspectors and law enforcement access to the facility at any time. It would also require that victims of trafficking are provided services through the Office of Victims’ Services. 

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Proposed child labor enhancement bill would put migrant workers at risk, experts say

By: - November 14, 2023

At a House Labor & Industry Committee meeting on Tuesday morning, lawmakers heard critical feedback from experts on House Bill 1714, which was introduced by state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) in September as a way to “strengthen” Pennsylvania’s child labor laws after data from the Shapiro administration indicated a surge in reported child labor law violations.

Newly elected Mont. Co. Commissioner Makhija celebrates series of firsts for role

By: - November 8, 2023

At 37, Makhija is the youngest person elected to the seat, which oversees 3,000 employees including elections, courts, a district attorney’s office, public health departments, and public infrastructure.

Schmidt: DOS will ‘follow up’ with Northampton County following voting machine issue

By: - November 7, 2023

Speaking to reporters from the state Capitol on Tuesday night, Secretary of State Al Schmidt, who previously oversaw elections as Philadelphia City Commissioner, said the Commonwealth had conducted a “free, safe and secure election” despite “isolated issues.”

Northampton Co. officials said early morning voting machine issues a ‘clerical error’

By: - November 7, 2023

At a press conference on Tuesday evening, Northampton County officials said they were made aware of the issue when polls opened at 7 a.m. For more than an hour, while officials worked to address the issue, voters in the affected areas cast their votes via emergency ballots.

Election Day in Pennsylvania starts with delayed polling place openings, malfunctioning voting machines

By: - November 7, 2023

A spokesperson for the Department of State said they are aware of the issues in Northampton County and are working with local election officials to resolve them. 

Casey touts Fend Off Fentanyl Act in visit to Pa. state police headquarters

By: - November 6, 2023

State Police Col. Christopher Paris said on Monday that, so far this year, a total of 2,521 overdoses were attributed to fentanyl or one of its derivatives. Of that number, 1,766 overdose victims received naloxone, an overdose reversal medicine.  

Advocates push states, including Pa. to take up ‘survivor-centered’ trafficking laws

By: - November 3, 2023

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are not currently considering any similarly comprehensive legislation, but there have been attempts to address education and awareness around sex trafficking and exploitation.  

Shapiro signs bill to make Pa. Preferred Organic label permanent

By: - November 1, 2023

Established in 2019 as part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, the PA Preferred Organic Program was part of efforts to help Pennsylvania farmers increase and diversify their income.

Mail-in ballot returns top half a million | 2023 Election Mailbag

By: - November 1, 2023

The Department of State asked the public to be “patient” while results are being counted by officials on Nov. 7, reminding voters that Pennsylvania’s election law does not allow counties to begin pre-canvassing mail-in and absentee ballots before 7 a.m. on Election Day. 

Court blocks Pa.’s entrance into multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program

By: - November 1, 2023

The Commonwealth Court ruled on Wednesday that Pennsylvania cannot enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative to limit carbon emissions, saying it violates the state Constitution. 

‘This is only a start’: Shapiro, lawmakers celebrate signing of maternal mortality bill

By: - October 31, 2023

The act — formerly known as Senate Bill 262 — was introduced by state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and requires Pennsylvania’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee to share each reportable maternal mortality and morbidity event with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.