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Peter Hall

Peter Hall

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.

Lawmakers begin work on an abortion rights amendment for Pennsylvania’s Constitution

By: - December 13, 2023

Legislation in the Pennsylvania House would set a referendum asking voters whether they approve a "fundamental right to personal reproductive liberty."

Pa. House panel revisits utility privatization law as consumers face soaring water and sewer bills

By: - December 12, 2023

Water and sewer bills for thousands of Pennsylvania consumers have soared by triple digits since a 2016 law changed the way municipal utilities are valued when for-profit companies buy them, a state House panel heard Tuesday. The law allows municipal water and sewer utilities to negotiate with for-profit utilities for the fair market value rather […]

Electric vehicles sales are expected to surge over the next 10 years and legislators around the country are debating who should build the electric charging stations that will be needed — electric utilities or private businesses? The 10-port charging station at JFK airport in New York is part of a joint initiative by the New York Power Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania House considers road use fee for EV owners

By: - December 11, 2023

At issue is whether the $290 road user fee for electric vehicle proposed by the state Senate is too high.

Report: Pa. Rep. Scott Perry named on prosecution witness list in Ga. election interference case

By: - December 8, 2023

Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Scott Perry's name is on a list of nearly 200 potential in Georgia's racketeering case against former President Donald Trump.

Repairs to historic Pennsylvania House chamber prompt three-month hiatus for lawmakers

By: - December 7, 2023

A burst heating coil caused damage to the Pennsylvania House chamber that will keep it closed for business until March.

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Education advocates say safeguards against discrimination are needed in Pa. school voucher programs

By: - December 7, 2023

With Gov. Josh Shapiro and state lawmakers pushing to expand Pennsylvania’s taxpayer-funded school voucher programs, an education advocacy group is calling for safeguards to protect students from discriminatory private school admissions policies. Pennsylvania’s Educational Investment Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs provide more than $400 million that students in poorly performing […]

Casey, Fetterman announce $144M grant to expand Amtrak’s Philadelphia to Pittsburgh service

By: - December 6, 2023

The Pennsylvanian carried about 212,000 passengers in 2019 before ridership dropped sharply during the pandemic. In 2022, the Pennsylvanian carried about 176,000 passengers. PennDOT did not say when the expanded service would begin.

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Democrats make battleground investment in Pa. House race

By: - December 6, 2023

The Democratic Party’s committee focused on winning state legislatures announced that defending the Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania state House is among its priorities for the 2024 election. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) said it will invest nearly $300,000 to provide critical resources for state legislative campaigns in Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, […]

Pa. Supreme Court will consider whether officials’ Facebook posts are public records

By: - December 5, 2023

The state Supreme Court agreed to consider whether school board members' Facebook posts are public records under the Right-to-Know Law.

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Shapiro joins call for clarity on Affordable Care Act coverage of OTC birth control pills

By: - December 4, 2023

In addition to Shapiro, the letter was signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. 

Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley seeks Democratic nod for Pa. auditor general

By: - December 1, 2023

Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley is the third Democrat to enter the race to challenge Republican Auditor General Tim DeFoor.

Unsealed court filing shows U.S. Rep. Scott Perry contacted Pa. lawmakers before Jan. 6 attack

By: - November 30, 2023

The records a federal court ordered turned over to a special prosecutor investigating efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s election include conversations between U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District) and Pennsylvania lawmakers, a court filing shows. The conversations were about purported fraud in the commonwealth’s 2020 election, according to the document, which was unsealed by the […]