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Pa. court says you can’t deny cosmetology license based on ‘moral character’

Though it has been amended over the years, Pennsylvania’s cosmetology licensing law dates back to 1933.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

Pa. courts may avoid definitive ruling in legal fight over governor’s emergency powers

While both governor and legislature want quick action, judiciary likely to proceed deliberately
By Benjamin Pontz

Arguments heard in transgender name change law

Three transgender women have challenged a provision of the statute that bars people from changing their names if they have been convicted of serious felonies.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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Victim rights amendment, on hold since vote, heads to court

Commonwealth Court this week said a full panel of the court will hear oral argument in March about the so-called Marsy’s Law ballot question.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Secrecy, deal-making rule in process to pick Pa.’s interim judges

Gov. Wolf's nomination of a top GOP aide for a coveted judgeship is renewing scrutiny on a process mostly hidden from the public
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

In unprecedented move, judge blocks Marsy’s Law ballots from being counted—for now

The ACLU and other groups had argued the victims’ rights constitutional amendment is too broad and could compromise the rights of the accused. The judge agreed.
By Katie Meyer

Ballot question, judge races highlight state’s Nov. 5 voting

The highest profile local race is Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s bid for a second term.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Is Marsy’s Law constitutional? A judge will make the first decision soon. 

Opponents of the victims’ rights amendment say it’s too broad and would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the accused. Marsy’s Law backers firmly disagree.
By Katie Meyer

Judge to rule soon on victim rights referendum vote counting

A Pennsylvania judge expects to rule quickly about whether votes for and against a victims’ rights constitutional amendment ballot question will be counted and certified next month, as a legal challenge continues.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Suit against Pennsylvania gun control ordinances to proceed

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled 7-0 Thursday that a gun owners’ group and several individuals fighting Harrisburg regulation have a standing to challenge most of the ordinances.

By The Associated Press