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A political shakeup could be in store for Pa. state lawmakers under new map proposals

Democrats could have the upper hand if proposals for state House and Senate maps hold after changes and potential court scrutiny.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY and Sam Dunklau

Updated: September 20, 2021 | 11:33 am

Elections, emergency powers, and mapmaking among the items on Pa. lawmakers’ fall to-do list

As they reconvene on Monday, state lawmakers are expected to focus on redistricting, re-upping a flood disaster declaration, and restricting emergency powers of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries.

By Sam Dunklau

A year after George Floyd’s murder, Black Pa. lawmakers double down on push for police accountability

His death led to changes to some police practices last summer, but racial justice advocates say that was only the beginning.

By Sam Dunklau

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Updated: February 6, 2021 | 1:16 pm

House sponsors hope derailed sex abuse survivor rights amendment will get back on track

House Leaders Benninghoff and McClinton said Thursday they will try an emergency amendment process to get the measure before voters in the spring.

By Sam Dunklau

McClinton aims to ‘play less defense’ in her first term as House minority leader

McClinton made history last month when she was elected as the first woman of color to serve in a leadership role for the minority party.

By Sam Dunklau

Two women just made history in the Pa. legislature. Will that be the last thing they have in common?

Sen. Kim Ward, a Republican, is the first woman to become majority leader in the General Assembly’s history, while Democratic Rep. Joanna McClinton will be the first Black woman to lead a caucus.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers introduce bill banning hair discrimination

The group of legislators say Black and Brown people naturally wear their hair in a variety of styles, but get disproportionately disciplined or excluded for doing so.

By Sam Dunklau