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Pennsylvania politicians respond to SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Democrats sounded alarm bells about what the ruling could mean, Republicans handled the ruling more gingerly.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Pennsylvania dance teachers wanting easier state certification rules get lawmakers to strut their stuff

Pennsylvania dance teachers say the state’s certification process for their field needs to be streamlined.

By Sam Dunklau

Groups seek to keep Pennsylvania lawmakers from ignoring popular bills

Every year in the Pennsylvania state legislature, thousands of bills quietly die. Bills are brought up by majority leaders. When a bill is referred to a committee, the committee chair, often with the majority leader’s input, can ignore it if they don’t like it.

By Brett Sholtis

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As Pennsylvania Republican bill targeting trans girls moves forward, a simple question goes unanswered

Pennsylvania Republicans advanced a bill targeting trans athletes and they have no idea how many trans girls play sports in Pennsylvania.

By Brett Sholtis

It could soon be easier to see how Pennsylvania lawmakers spend taxpayer money on perks

A long-awaited transparency bill that would make legislative expenses accessible online for easy public viewing unanimously cleared a key Pennslyvania House of Representatives panel Tuesday.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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

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