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In tussle for Pennsylvania House leadership, parties clash over math and precedent

Democrats won a House majority in the midterms. But a vacancy has split the chamber evenly until at least Jan. 3, and the parties disagree on who should control it until then.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Pennsylvania House Democrats will lose their majority for at least a few weeks. Here’s why.

Two state lawmakers ran for reelection while also seeking different elected positions during the midterms. This totally legal strategy will put Pennsylvania House Democrats in a bind come January.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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In narrowly split Pa. House, parties stick with top leaders

Both parties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sticking with their top leaders.

By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania officials are getting a pay raise thanks to inflation

Inflation is gift-wrapping a salary increase for Pennsylvania state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials in 2023.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania’s redrawn districts inject uncertainty in legislative contests

Democrats in Pennsylvania who’ve long blamed their party’s legislative minorities on Republican gerrymandering are about to find out whether friendlier district maps will edge them closer to retaking control of the House and Senate.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania state lawmakers want to improve conditions for women in prison

A proposal that’s moving forward in the state legislature aims to make conditions a little better for pregnant women in Pennsylvania’s jails and prisons.

By Sam Dunklau

Elections & autonomous cars are likely on the Pa. legislature’s fall agenda

Both parties say they’d like to vote on proposals like that before the end of the two-year session in November.
By Sam Dunklau

How Harrisburg Works: The rules for Pa. lawmaker per diems, speaker v. leader, and other Q&As

Spotlight PA’s Stephen Caruso wants to help you understand how the sausage really gets made, how your tax dollars are spent, and how Harrisburg works (or doesn’t).

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Pa. lawmakers spent at least $3 million on private lawyers, experts during redistricting battle, invoices show

Pennsylvania state lawmakers spent at least $3 million in taxpayer money on outside law firms and experts as they lobbied for their preferred political maps during the recent redistricting cycle

By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA