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Bill to Give Pa. Families $1,000 for Education Sparks Debate

Pa. State Sen. Judy Ward spoke up on Oct. 5, 2020, during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee. Education in Pennsylvania remains a hot button topic, and as a state Senate committee heard testimony Oct. 5 on a bill that would give families...

 

Proposal To Create Pa. Fire Commission Garners Tentative Support

By STEVE BITTENBENDER The Center Square A Pennsylvania House committee is weighing a measure that seeks to make changes in how fire and emergency services are administered in the state. The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee...

 

Pa. Senate Passes Pair Of Bills Designed To Aid Fire, EMS Services

Two bills designed to bolster fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania now head to the state House after senators passed them unanimously. Senate Bill 908, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Regan, R-Carroll Township, would call for a voter referendum t...

 

Pa. Eyes Ways to Comply with Bay Water Rules without Hurting Farmers

Even though Pennsylvania does not touch Chesapeake Bay, that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t have an effect on it. On the contrary, nearly a million gallons of freshwater flow into the mid-Atlantic bay every second, and about half of that stems...

 

Pennsylvania in Middle of National Health Rankings

When it comes to healthiness, Pennsylvania finds itself in the middle of the pack and essentially representative of some of the trends happening across the country. That’s the key finding from America’s Health Rankings, a report released this...

 

Governor, Lawmakers, Courts To Push for Juvenile Justice Reforms

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, legislative leaders and judges from across the state announced on Monday, Dec. 16, the creation of a task force that will recommend reforms for the commonwealth’s juvenile justice system. Monday’s news conference in th...

 

Pa. Advocates Warn Of Dangers From Certain Toys Ahead Of Holiday Season

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a news conference Nov. 21 with a public interest group and a public health expert to highlight the findings in this year’s “Trouble in Toyland” report. Now in its 34th year, the study...

 

Pa. Court: Suspect Can't Be Compelled To Reveal Password

Privacy advocates scored a major victory when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in late November, in a 4-3 decision, that a person does not have to reveal a computer password to law enforcement. The ruling stems from a case that started in 2014...

 

Pa. Lags Neighboring States In Prosperity Rankings

A new study examining prosperity in the United States shows that Pennsylvania is ranked in the middle of all states. However, when compared against other states in its region, the Keystone State is far behind. The Legatum Institute, a British-based...

 

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