After court ruling, state House to resume faith-based prayer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will resume opening its sessions with faith-based prayers, more than a month after a federal appeals court said the practice...
Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools is taking another step in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a rural central Pennsylvania district will pick a new state House member in August to fill the vacancy created by a recent congressional election.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a replacement during the spring primary for Rep. Brian Ellis, who recently quit while under investigation for...
Special elections scheduled to fill 2 state House vacancies
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will fill two vacancies in the state House in special elections scheduled for March 12.
House Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday announced the date of the contests for districts in the Scranton area and in Philadelphia.
Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich of Lackawanna County died in office in October, and Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned last month after being sentenced on a bribery conviction.
The Latest: Lawmakers sworn in for coming legislative term
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on swearing-in day for Pennsylvania state lawmakers (all times local):
Pennsylvania state lawmakers are ready for the coming two-year session after being sworn in on New Year's Day.
The House welcomed 42 new members and seven new senators took the oath of office on Tuesday after winning election in November.
Three House seats aren't filled, all belonging to Democrats. One resigned, one died in office and a newly elected member is on her honeymoon.
State lawmaker convicted of bribery resigns ‘under protest’
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state representative stepped down on Tuesday, ending uncertainty about her official status that had swirled since she was sentenced to probation in a bribery case 11 days earlier.
Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Philadelphia, said in a letter to House Speaker Mike Turzai that her resignation was being done under protest, noting her legal challenge to the criminal conviction will continue.
The Latest: Speaker says sentencing ended lawmaker’s term
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Pennsylvania House member in a bribery case (all times local):
The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says he considers the tenure of a Philadelphia Democrat to have ended with her sentencing on a bribery conviction.
Pennsylvania GOP dealt 3rd redistricting loss in US courts
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is dismissing another challenge by top Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania to the legality of new congressional district boundaries imposed by the state's highest court in a gerrymandering case.
The high court on Monday denied the case by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. It's the third time the nation's highest court has rejected such a GOP effort.
Wolf vetoes bills on debt, price gouging, ag education
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing bills that recently passed the Legislature dealing with public debt, price gouging during emergencies and agricultural education.
The Democratic governor on Wednesday rejected legislation that addresses how the state pays down debt, saying it would reduce flexibility.
Speaker calls window for sex abuse lawsuits ‘a compromise’
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Wednesday his chamber is about to again take up proposed changes to the state's limits on child sexual abuse lawsuits, predicting enough support to pass a two-year window to allow victims with older claims to sue.
Speaker Mike Turzai called the two-year window "a compromise" compared with a competing proposal to retroactively eliminate all limits on lawsuits for victims of all ages.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS FOR EVERYONE BUT PA STATE LAWMAKERS, Sept. 11
September is back to business for school children and workers who have burned off their vacation time. Why isn't it the case for state lawmakers?
Nonbelievers win suit over Pennsylvania House prayer policy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has halted the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy banning people who don't believe in God from giving the invocations made at the start of each day's legislative floor session.
U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher Conner on Wednesday sided with atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists who challenged the policy that has limited the opening prayers to those who believe in God or a divine or higher power.
Fight over redistricting, judicial elections shifts to House
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The fight over trying to take politics out of drawing Pennsylvania's legislative and congressional districts shifted Wednesday to the state House of Representatives, where majority Republicans may be mostly interested in overhauling how state appeals judges are elected.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives didn't look very far to find a new member of the board for the system of state-owned universities: he appointed himself.
Speaker Mike Turzai said Monday that he was honored to join the 20-member Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
Pennsylvania House votes to ban abortions for Down syndrome
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to prohibit abortions in Pennsylvania when the sole reason is that the fetus has or may have Down syndrome passed the state House on Monday by a comfortable margin.
The Republican-majority chamber voted 139-56 to send the Senate a bill that supporters said would protect a vulnerable population.
Alito seeks input on Pennsylvania congressional map dispute
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is giving the Democratic voters who successfully challenged Pennsylvania's congressional map a few days to weigh in on whether the new districts should be put on hold.
Alito called Wednesday for a response to the request for a stay made by the state Legislature's highest-ranking Republicans.
SCOTUS Justice Alito asks for responses to GOP bid to block new Pa. congressional map
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Wednesday asked participants in a key Pennsylvania gerrymandering case to respond to a request from top Republican lawmakers that the nation’s highest court step in and block the new congressional map.
An unconventional mix of leaders frown on new map
State Republican legislators and some Black political leaders have found themselves in a peculiar yet same space. Though their reasons are different, both sets are not in favor of the state’s new congressional map.
State lawmakers are still battling over the new congressional districts that were drawn by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Eight Republican congressmen have requested the map to be thrown out immediately, but federal court judges have declined.
Pennsylvania governor urges court to stick with new map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor and elections officials urged the state's highest court on Monday to stand by its throwing out a congressional district map on constitutional grounds and establishing new district boundaries.
GOP Leaders Request Hold On Pa. Map
HARRISBURG — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House.
House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said the state’s highest court usurped legislative authority when it issued the new map on Monday, calling it an unprecedented decision.
GOP leaders request hold on Pennsylvania congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House.
GOP’s new map called ‘more gerrymandered’
Gov. Tom Wolf has informed the state Supreme Court that he will not accept the proposed map Republican leaders submitted because it, too, is a partisan gerrymander that doesn’t comply with the court’s order or Pennsylvania’s Constitution.
Proposed congressional map puts Somerset County entirely in 9th District
State Republican lawmakers drafted a new congressional map Friday that meets guidelines set by the high court. The court called the maps unconstitutional 18 days ago.
If the maps presented by top Republicans stand, it will be the first time since the 1980s that the 12th Congressional District is not part of Somerset County.
GOP leaders unveil revamped Pennsylvania congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Friday produced a new proposed map of the state's congressional districts, three weeks after the state Supreme Court declared the former map unconstitutional.
The Latest: Republican leaders produce new congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Republican legislative leaders producing new proposed congressional district map (all times local):
A map of Pennsylvania congressional districts drawn up by Republican legislative leaders is in the hands of the Democratic governor, who'll determine if he supports using it to replace the map thrown out last month.
Lawmakers won’t meet deadline to vote on congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature said Thursday they would not be able to meet a court-ordered deadline to hold a vote on a replacement map for the state's congressional districts, but that they still hoped to develop a plan in the coming days.
Lawmakers work on new congressional map as time ticks down
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers headed home Wednesday with two days left to comply with a court order to redraw boundaries of the state's widely criticized congressional districts as top Republican lawmakers hunkered down to figure out a plan.
Effort to redraw congressional maps inches ahead in Capitol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A meeting between the governor and Republican legislative leaders, and a House committee's unanimous procedural vote, are the most visible signs of progress in the effort to enact new congressional district maps.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf met briefly with House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on Tuesday, but no progress was reported.
Elsewhere in the Capitol, the State Government Committee positioned a bill to be ready in case there's a deal.
SCOTUS denies GOP lawmakers’ attempt to delay drawing new congressional map
Jonathan Lai and Liz Navratil, STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an attempt by top Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to delay drawing a new congressional map after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found it unconstitutional.
GOP accuses justice of bias in bid to save 2011 election map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic justice's comments critical of gerrymandering should require him to remove himself from a case challenging Pennsylvania's congressional district map, Republican legislative leaders argued in a court filing on Friday.
Pa. Supreme Court justice was biased in gerrymandering case, Republicans say
Top Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a Pennsylvania high court order overturning the state’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, saying at least one state court justice in the case was biased.
Pa. Republican lawmakers ask SCOTUS to stay gerrymandering order
Jonathan Lai and Liz Navratil, STAFF WRITERS
Top Republican lawmakers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order that lawmakers redraw the state’s congressional district maps, arguing that Pennsylvania’s highest court is in effect legislating from the bench.
Pa. Republicans ask state Supreme Court to stay its own gerrymandering order
Jonathan Lai, Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Republican lawmakers are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stop its own order.
Trump figures into Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial debate
The only boos from an audience gathered for a debate among Republican candidates for governor Saturday night in Pittsburgh came in response to a candidate's lukewarm expression of support for President Trump.
Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth elicited the reaction — along with a smattering of cheers — when she said she hadn't voted for the president.
GOP straw polls favor Scott Wagner in Pennsylvania governor race
State Sen. Scott Wagner's campaign said Tuesday that the York County Republican handily defeated three other GOP candidates for governor in straw polls conducted by party committees over the weekend.
Wagner collected 91 of the 140 votes cast by Republican committee members in the Central, Northeast and East Central parts of the state, according to a campaign email.
Special elections for 2 state House seats planned for May 15
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters will fill two vacancies in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the same day as the spring primary.
Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai announced the May 15 special elections on Monday.
The Washington County seat was held until Dec. 31 by Democrat Brandon Neuman , who's been elected judge.
4 GOP candidates for governor work to distinguish themselves
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The four announced GOP candidates for governor of Pennsylvania worked to distinguish themselves at their second public forum together Thursday night, avoiding direct attacks on each other or clashes on high-profile issues as they vie for the state party committee's endorsement in the race.
4-way gubernatorial primary tests GOP’s endorsement mettle
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the four Republicans who hope to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid next year, the first playoff game before the May 15 primary election will be the state party's endorsement.
That endorsement vote, scheduled for Feb. 10, could determine who stays in the primary race and who gets to brag that they won the endorsement while drawing upon the financial benefits of the party's backing.
Jim Christiana hopes his Senate campaign can cash in on some heavy-duty GOP endorsements
Jim Christiana, a state representative from Brighton who is running for U.S. Senate, hopes new endorsements from state Republican leaders will boost his campaign in a state that last year set campaign spending records.
Republican lawmakers used detailed data on the partisan leanings of voters when they created the current Pennsylvania congressional map, according to documents federal judges had ordered them to turn over in a trial that began this week.
GOP lawmaker’s ‘I don’t like men’ comment stirs protest
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An outspoken and conservative Pennsylvania state lawmaker has stirred calls to resign or be demoted after he interrupted a committee meeting to accost his Democratic counterpart for touching his arm and suggest the man might be gay.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's comments offensive and discriminatory, and said it is "part of a disturbing pattern of behavior."
State House Speaker Mike Turzai’s campaign for governor begins to take shape
The contours of Mike Turzai's campaign for governor started to take shape Thursday evening at a kickoff event in a fire hall down the road from his Marshall home.
Turzai, 58, the Republican state House speaker, focused on legislative accomplishments of his 15-year career, saying his record bolsters his claims that he is a reformer.
"I am somebody who has held positions in state government, but we've done really significant changes," he said.
APNewsBreak: House Speaker Turzai to run for Pa. governor
WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai, a leader of anti-tax and social conservatives who has helped drive austerity in state budgeting, will run for governor.
Turzai, 58, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination in May's primary election to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is running for a second four-year term.
Pennsylvania’s Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai tells AP he’s running for governor
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai tells AP he's running for governor.
GOP loses bid to shield communication over congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Legislature's two highest-ranking Republican leaders were ordered Thursday to turn over documents related to development of the state's latest congressional districts map, which a lawsuit claims has given the GOP an unconstitutional edge in elections.