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Senate GOP advances constitutional amendment on abortion in Pennsylvania

The proposal was tacked onto a package of constitutional amendments in a bill the state House approved in December.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Local playwright traces family history to Constitutional scribe

A lesser-known person who played an important role in the original document is the man who actually wrote, or penned, the words. Jacob Shallus’s name appears nowhere on the document, but he is the man who transcribed the original Constitution.

By Merideth Bucher/WITF

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GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote

– A legislative panel on Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state appeals court judges by zone, a movement largely motivated by Republicans’ anger over recent rulings from the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Republicans aim at Pennsylvania’s Democratic majority court in Pennsylvania

GOP Sen. Judy Ward said overhauling the courts are about “fairness for rural parts of the state to get a fair shake” from judges from Philadelphia and Allegheny County.
By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

House votes to amend constitution to pick judges by district

The House voted 102 to 95 on Wednesday for the proposal that would have lawmakers draw the district lines for Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press