Pa. House Judiciary Committee debate on gun bills shows gulf between Democrats and GOP

BY: - January 19, 2024

House Democrats argued that GOP lawmakers are disconnected from the reality millions of Pennsylvania residents face.

Lawmakers take a bipartisan first step toward repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty

BY: - October 31, 2023

Legislation to repeal Pennsylvania's death penalty passed out of a state House committee in what the bill's sponsor called a historic vote.

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

State lawmakers to introduce legislation for universal basic income study

BY: - July 18, 2023

The study, the lawmakers wrote, would be a “vital first step in understanding how a universal basic income pilot program could be implemented in Pennsylvania.”

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Pa. House Dems float ‘fair share’ fix to income tax | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 28, 2023

Twenty percent of Pa.'s poorest families pay 14% of their income on state, local taxes, the lawmakers said.

Marge LaRue speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 30, 2023 (Pa. House Democratic Caucus photo).

She lost her grandson to gun violence: ‘It’s so hard to live with the silence’ | Friday Coffee

BY: - March 31, 2023

As House Democrats push for changes to Pa.'s gun laws, Marge LaRue doesn't want anyone else to endure her pain.

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

Democrats propose abolishing death penalty; Republican floats mandatory sentence for murdering cop

BY: - February 22, 2023

Democrats reintroduced legislation to ban capital punishment in Pennsylvania.

Pa. lawmaker to introduce bill to incentivize farmers to adopt agroforestry practices

BY: - February 17, 2023

State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, said he plans to reintroduce a bill that would offer incentives to farmers who incorporate agroforestry, a land use management system that incorporates trees and shrubs growing on or near crops to lessen the environmental impact of mass agriculture. into their farming practices. 

Pa. lawmakers rally in support of striking Temple grad students

BY: - February 14, 2023

'Temple administrators sitting over in Sullivan Hall should be ready to see us out here time and time again,' Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, said.

Philly lawmaker aims to clamp down on school book bans | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 15, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb's, D-Philadelphia, bill would establish uniform procedures for school boards to follow before yanking books from the shelves.


3 more races we’re watching this post-primary Wednesday | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 18, 2022

From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, there was no shortage of interesting races on the ballot on Tuesday.

Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo

BY: - April 27, 2022

The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.

Pa. Democrat proposes study of four-day work week for state employees

BY: - March 21, 2022

Rep. Chris Rabb said he wanted a cost-benefit analysis of such a schedule to “enhance state government’s efficacy.”