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Pa. legislature’s redacted legal bills leave taxpayers guessing

In eight cases that began in 2021, or continued to be billed that year, the House and Senate wholly blacked out the reasons for hiring the private law firm, records obtained through a Right-to-Know request show

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Voting and election-related bills taken up in 2022 by Pa. Legislature

Voting and election-related legislation will be amongst the proposals getting top billing when Pennsylvania lawmakers return to session.

By Scott LaMar

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

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House Speaker Cutler tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Bryan Cutler is the latest of more than a dozen lawmakers who have contracted the virus throughout the course of the pandemic.

By Sam Dunklau

Ban on meal, lodging payments for Pa. lawmakers introduced as constituents sound off in anger

“I think the time is ripe for some serious self-reflection in the General Assembly that will give us momentum this time.”

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. enacted 140 laws last year. Only 27 of them addressed the coronavirus.

Only 27 of the 140 bills passed by the legislature and signed by Wolf in 2020 directly addressed problems brought on by the pandemic, according to a Spotlight PA review of the General Assembly’s record.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pivotal Northeast Philly race tilts red as Pa. Legislature remains up in the air

This year, nine House seats and four Senate seats need to flip in order for the Democrats to take control of both chambers.

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads