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The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

What to know about this week’s 27th Senatorial District special election

BY: - January 29, 2023

Pennsylvania voters in the 27th Senatorial District will head to the polls for a special election to decide who will fill a state Senate seat vacated by a Republican lawmaker last year.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Relief for child sex abuse survivors passes Senate as part of constitutional amendment package

BY: - January 11, 2023

The House has until Jan. 27 to pass the statutory window constitutional amendment, and the other proposed changes, for them to appear on the May ballot.

Pa. Senate votes to postpone Krasner impeachment trial indefinitely

BY: - January 11, 2023

Only two officials in Pennsylvania have faced removal from office through the impeachment process. The most recent occurred in 1994.

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

Pa. House presents impeachment articles to Senate; trial could begin in January

BY: - November 30, 2022

The impeachment trial is slated to begin on Jan. 18, 2023.

Pa. Senate approves rules for impeachment trial, invites House to present articles against Krasner

BY: - November 29, 2022

Beginning its constitutional role in the impeachment process against Philadelphia’s top prosecutor on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Senate approved two resolutions setting rules for the rare and lengthy process and formally inviting the House of Representatives to deliver the articles to the upper chamber.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

With new leadership in the Pa. Senate, what are lawmakers prioritizing when they return to session?

BY: - November 17, 2022

Since Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber announced new leadership teams this week, their policy agendas and goals vary.

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

Pa. Senate elects Ward as president pro tempore, announces 2023-24 leadership

BY: - November 15, 2022

Pennsylvania Sen. Kim Ward will serve as the next interim Senate president pro tempore, making her the first woman appointed to the third-highest post in the state's government.

Pa. General Assembly approves amendment package as reproductive rights advocates protest

BY: , and - 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. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform

BY: - June 20, 2022

With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.

Pa. students who lobbied to make the Hershey’s Kiss the official state candy see progress in Harrisburg

BY: - April 6, 2022

Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, was the only lawmaker on the panel to oppose the bill.

Senate committee investigating Pa. elections holds hearing on ballot drop boxes, Dems walk out

BY: - March 31, 2022

Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said Democratic committee members did not have time to prepare for Thursday’s hearing.

Pa. Senate panel approves bill that would call for U.S. Constitutional convention

BY: - February 8, 2022

Seventeen states, primarily in the south where the GOP holds the majority, have called for a convention, meeting the halfway point to trigger the meeting.