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Republican Rep. Paul Schemel reflects on political career after announcing he won’t seek re-election

The Republican representative has been in office since 2015 but is stepping aside so new blood can join the state legislature.
By Ben Wasserstein/WITF

Pa. budget inches forward, but lawmakers still split on stalled education funding

The Pa. Senate has moved key code bills that would enable some budget spending, but Democrats say they don’t go far enough. Meanwhile, spending for education, public defense, and more is still in limbo.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer/WITF

Scandals, power struggles and policy: 3 new state reps weather a wild 1st session

One of the biggest-ever classes of new lawmakers joined the Pa. legislature this year. Spotlight PA followed 3 of them as they navigated a freshman year full of power struggle and scandal.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

How Harrisburg Works: Pa. House majority, rules vs. bills, and taxpayer money for Twitter Blue

Several special elections are on the horizon for the Pennsylvania House, but a rule change means Democrats will keep their "majority."
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA