Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.
Pa. General Assembly approves amendment package as reproductive rights advocates protest
By: Marley Parish, Jaxon White and Peter Hall - July 8, 2022
Late Thursday night, the Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill and table a series of amendments proposed by Democrats.
Pa. House approves $45.2B budget, sends it to Senate
By: Marley Parish and Peter Hall - July 7, 2022
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday passed a roughly $45.2 billion budget plan that includes an $850 million increase for K-12 school districts and more money for mental health and environmental protection.
Pa. House passes bill tying funding for Pitt, state-related universities to fetal tissue research
By: Peter Hall - July 6, 2022
House Republicans used an end-run around the requirement for a two-thirds majority vote to pass a ban on fetal tissue research tied to tuition assistance for state-related universities
Former congressmen, House speaker among Republicans endorsing Shapiro
By: Peter Hall - July 6, 2022
Nine prominent Republicans, including former Congressmen Charlie Dent and Jim Greenwood, have endorsed Democrat Josh Shapiro for governor.
York County lawmaker says he will propose truck stop video gambling expansion
By: Peter Hall - July 5, 2022
A proposal to expand video gambling at Pennsylvania truck stops is a bargaining chip in Pennsylvania's ongoing and overdue budget talks.
Pa. takes a back seat as U.S. Supreme Court takes on the independent state legislature doctrine
By: Peter Hall - July 3, 2022
Former Chester County Congressman Ryan Costello's Supreme Court appeal of Pennsylvania's new congressional map will likely take a back seat to a similar case from North Carolina.
House and Senate cancel holiday weekend sessions after missing budget deadline
By: Peter Hall - July 1, 2022
House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for patience and said budget negotiations were complex and unique as leaders debate how to spend $2.2 billion in pandemic funding.
Commonwealth Court finds PennDOT’s public-private partnership board bridge tolling plan invalid
By: Peter Hall - June 30, 2022
A panel of Commonwealth Court judges said PennDOT's P3 board didn't follow the process laid out for initiating transportation projects, declaring a plan to toll interstate highway bridges invalid.
House adopts resolution to investigate Philly DA Krasner over objections of city lawmakers
By: Peter Hall - June 29, 2022
Over the fiery objections of Philadelphia lawmakers, the state House adopted a resolution to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
The clock is ticking for lawmakers, Wolf to agree on 2022-23 budget. What to know so far
By: Marley Parish and Peter Hall - June 28, 2022
Lawmakers have until midnight on Thursday to pass a spending plan that allocates billions of dollars to fund education, economic growth, community development, and human services.
Mastriano pitches 25-year mandatory sentences for fentanyl dealers in fatal overdose cases
By: Peter Hall - June 27, 2022
With parents whose children died of fentanyl overdoses, Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano proposed 25-year mandatory minimum sentences for dealers who provide deadly overdoses of the drug
Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision
By: John L. Micek and Peter Hall - June 24, 2022
Here's how Pennsylvania's elected officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court's abortion ruling on Friday.