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Pennsylvania state lawmakers convicted of a felony would be automatically expelled under new proposal

“Name another job, where you get convicted of a crime and can remain in that job for years? So why should elected leaders be treated any differently?”

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Assembly cash reserve hit record as spending fell last year

The 253-member General Assembly ended the fiscal year with a budgetary reserve that easily surpassed the former high mark of $215 million, reached in 2006.

By The Associated Press

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Commonwealth Court schedules trial for education funding lawsuit

Plaintiffs and their lawyers are is publicizing the tentative start date of September 9 to draw attention to their cause.
By Alanna Elder/WITF

Groups call for enactment of state and federal “moral agenda”

As a follow-up to its voter engagement work last year, advocates with the Poor People’s Campaign and other groups presented a list of policy items to lawmakers in 30 states including Pennsylvania.

By Alanna Elder/WITF

During height of coronavirus pandemic, Pa. lawmakers still cashed in big on meals, lodging

A Spotlight PA analysis of legislative records found lawmakers requested and received $726,877 from the beginning of March — as the pandemic emerged — through the end of 2020 as reimbursement for lodging and meals while traveling to and from the Capitol or other meetings across the state.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Central Pa. immigrant organizations set priorities for 2021 legislative session

After spending much of the fall organizing to get out the vote, members of the Latino and immigrant organization CASA are calling on lawmakers to support several initiatives, including allowing undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at the 14 state-owned universities and community colleges.

By Alanna Elder/WITF

21 ways Pa. lawmakers changed your life for 2021 and beyond

A lot of things happened in 2020 — including many actions in the state legislature that figure to have lasting impact.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

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

GOP lawmakers send governor bill to limit COVID-19 lawsuits

Republican-backed proposal to make it harder to sue schools, health care providers and others over COVID-19 claims has been approved by the Pennsylvania Legislature.

By The Associated Press