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Pennsylvania House Republicans file lawsuit to block Democratic-scheduled special elections

Democrats are eager for the contests to take place and presumably cement their majority, while Republicans seek to maintain some measure of power.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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Clandestine plan to force a vote on Pa. legislative gift ban fails, lawmakers shrug

Advocates have long pushed to place limits on the monetary value of gifts lobbyists can give to lawmakers, but it would take action from the people who benefit most.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Toward Racial Justice speakers look to possibilities for police and policy reform in 2021

“Policing took center stage for everyone in 2020,” Moderator Charles Ellison said, despite the ongoing, deadly pandemic, after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.

By Alanna Elder/WITF

How some Pa. lawmakers score a ‘golden parachute’ to pad their pensions

Ex-state legislators are frequently on the shortlist to join Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board, which boasts an annual salary of $145,000.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers’ spending jumps, boosting reserves during pandemic

Total spending reached $392 million, up from $362 million the prior year and from $355 million in the 2017-18 year. Payroll costs grew by about $29 million.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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