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How Local Government Works: How does municipal planning work in your community?

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code lays out how land use decisions in local governments are made.
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Public water utilities say state Senate bill will force up rates in Pennsylvania

Under it, water systems must submit asset management plans to state regulators for approval within a year-and-a-half.

By The Associated Press

Calls to ban firearms in government buildings intensify following Capitol insurrection

Current Pennsylvania law prohibits city governments from regulating the possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition. That means city councils do not have the power to restrict firearm access in government buildings.

By Julia Agos/WITF

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‘It’s going to hurt:’ Struggling Pa. towns brace for financial gut punch from the coronavirus

As businesses close or cut back and workers are laid off, much needed revenues could plummet.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

New voting systems about to launch in more than half of Pennsylvania counties

The vast majority of Pa. voters will fill out ballots by hand Nov. 5; in the past, direct-recording electronic machines dominated.
By Emily Previti/PA Post

Lawmakers may let officials in small municipalities have higher salaries

If the bills pass, it will be the first time the legislature has raised municipal salary caps since 1995.
By Katie Meyer/WITF