Briefs

‘Bad public policy and an unfair burden:’ Electric utility PPL warns that nuke bailout will cost customers $130M a year

BY: - March 14, 2019

*This story was updated on Thursday afternoon with new comments from a PPL spokesman. The nuclear industry bill introduced in the Republican-controlled state House this week can count one more member on its long list of critics: Central Pennsylvania’s main power supplier. Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL), a utility company headquartered in Allentown, told customers […]

Local officials would be able to ban guns on public grounds under state Senate proposal

BY: - March 14, 2019

Guns may be banned in Pennsylvania’s courthouses and the Capitol, but they’re fair game in municipal buildings, parks, and playgrounds across the state. A state senator from the Philadelphia suburbs wants to change that. Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks, plans to introduce a bill that would let municipalities outlaw guns on public property — something that […]

Sexual assault complaint against Butler County lawmaker filed with Pa. House GOP

BY: - March 13, 2019

A woman who has accused state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, of sexual assault has sent a formal complaint against him to a lawyer working for the House Republican majority, according to reporting by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer. The complaint stems from an incident in October 2015, when the victim went out to a […]

Pa. House committee advances expanded public employee pension forfeiture bill

BY: - March 13, 2019

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin, now goes to the House floor for consideration.

Pa. House committee advances ban on vaping in schools

BY: - March 12, 2019

Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes isn’t allowed in school. But is vaping? The House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a bill Tuesday to close a loophole that lets students use electronic nicotine delivery systems like vapes on school property. The legislation would also make it a crime under state law to sell these products to anyone […]

Rookie lawmakers push legislation to limit General Assembly members’ tenure

BY: - March 12, 2019

Another session, another reform effort. In previous years, campaign finance reform, shrinking the legislature, and redistricting changes have been pushed as a solution to Harrisburg’s dysfunction. This year, House lawmakers from both parties have coalesced around a bill to restrict lawmakers from gaining power through endless tenure in the Capitol. “We are not trying to […]

Pa. Senate plan would create new state commission to study higher ed. funding issues

BY: - March 12, 2019

The panel would consider a number of factors when making a decision on how to pay for higher education in Pennsylvania

Tax Day is a month away — Pa. officials offer tips on how to avoid getting scammed

BY: - March 11, 2019

Tax Day, April 15, is about a month away, and maybe you’ve already started getting the phone calls. You know the one: A pre-recorded voice, claiming to be from the government, claims that you’ll face fees, penalties, and maybe even jail if you don’t get your fiscal house in order. You probably know this already […]

COMMENTARY

Here’s what needs to be dragged into the light | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 9, 2019

It's 'Sunshine Week' in Pennsylvania - we still have a bit of work to do.

Western Pa. state Senate candidates trade second round of attacks in new ads

BY: - March 8, 2019

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to reflect that Democrat Matt Smith held the 37th from 2013 to 2015.* Candidates vying for a state Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh released dueling attack ads Friday, less than a month before a highly watched special election. Pam Iovino, a Democratic Navy veteran and former cabinet assistant secretary, […]

Erie County senator seeks support for e-scooter bill

BY: - March 8, 2019

After gaining some momentum in the House, a movement to legalize e-scooters in Pennsylvania has spread to the state Senate. Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie, plans to introduce legislation that would classify electronic scooters as bicycles under the state’s vehicle code, he announced in a memo Thursday. A companion bill was introduced in the House last […]

Former senators Don White (L) and Richard Alloway (R)

Special elections for Senate seats slated for May 21

BY: - March 8, 2019

Special elections for two state Senate seats will be held on Pennsylvania’s primary day on May 21, the lieutenant governor announced Friday. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman signed the Writ of Election for Senate Districts 41 and 33 on Thursday, officially kicking off races for seats formerly held by Sens. Don White, of Indiana County, and […]