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Bills to end choke holds, require use-of-force policies could get Pa. Senate vote this week

Both House and Senate committees have advanced police reform legislation since nationwide protests began
By Benjamin Pontz

Clash between Gov. Wolf and GOP legislature hinges on different understandings of power under the Pa. Constitution

What the governor's powers are and how they interact with those of the legislature are complex questions, and, to some extent, the answers depend upon whom you ask.
By Benjamin Pontz

Gov. Wolf wants the power to declare a public health emergency

Measure creating specific emergency declaration has twice passed Senate
By Ed Mahon

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The last Costa standing draws a political challenger of his own

Bill Brittain said he is frustrated by the slow pace of change in Harrisburg and within the Democratic Party.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Citing Spotlight PA/Caucus probe, top lawmaker pushes limits on campaign donations, stricter disclosure rules

Sen. Jay Costa is pushing sweeping campaign finance reforms that would set limits on political contributions, increase transparency and ban candidates from using campaign cash for personal benefit -- issues at the heart of a yearlong investigation published this week by The Caucus and Spotlight PA.
By Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

The 10 most extravagant or bizarre campaign expenses by Pa. state lawmakers

Campaign accounts must be used for “influencing the outcome of an election.” But what qualifies is largely open to interpretation.
By Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Lavish dinners, sports tickets, and nearly $3.5 million other expenses by Pa. lawmakers you’ve never seen

A year-long investigation by The Caucus and Spotlight PA uncovered other purchases, too: foreign trips, limos, fine wines and liquor, country club memberships, and even a DNA test kit.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus, Paula Knudsen/The Caucus, Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Alyssa Biederman/The Caucus

Senate Dems, again, call for Leach to resign. He doesn’t plan to.

The caucus has released a final report about sexual misconduct allegations against Leach. It found “unprofessional” behavior, but no sexual harassment.
By Katie Meyer

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