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PA property tax relief bill takes a step forward

The legislation would expand Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Capitol Beat

5 things we know, post-primary edition

Progressives prevailed in Pittsburgh and more special elections could be on the horizon.

Capitol Beat

Heather Boyd wins special election, Dems keep control of PA House

The race between Boyd and GOP candidate Katie Ford was one of the most-watched of this cycle and included an endorsement by President Joe Biden.

Capitol Beat

Joe Biden endorses Democrat Heather Boyd in high-stakes PA House race

The endorsement came just a day before the special election, which will determine control of the state House.

News & Politics

Lawmakers advance legislation banning pre-checked campaign contribution boxes

The bill would require candidates and committees to get clear consent for recurring contributions.

Capitol Beat

A stocked cabinet: Keeping track of who’s joining the Shapiro administration cabinet

Stay up to date on who’s making it through the Pennsylvania Senate confirmation process and losing their “acting” titles.

News & Politics

5 things you may have missed in Harrisburg this week

From Gov. Josh Shapiro signing his first bill to a flurry of action in the House and Senate, there was a lot that went down this week.

News & Politics

Josh Shapiro signs bill eliminating out-of-pocket costs for some breast cancer screenings

The new law will require insurers to cover one breast screening per year for women at a high risk for cancer.

News & Politics

Josh Shapiro announces support for Fairness Act

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that it is “long past time” to pass nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community.

News & Politics

Lawmakers want colleagues to take a chance on skill games

Proponents say regulating games of skill could raise $300 million annually.

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Incomplete assignment: PASSHE officials delay action on tuition rates

The university system’s board of governors decided to wait until after the state budget is completed to vote on setting tuition rates.

Gun Control

Opinion: Why I'm working to reduce gun violence

With the new session and a new majority, I will renew my fight for legislative action.


Marriage equality measure gets a bipartisan backing with new bill; Dems give a renewed push for the Fairness Act

The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus wants to codify marriage equality and anti-discrimination language into state law.


Opinion: Dems are determined to stop voter ID, even if it comes at the expense of their top legislative goal

Let voters decide on the constitutional amendments instead of wasting time and resources on the dysfunction in Harrisburg.


Norfolk Southern has spent millions on lobbying and political donations. Will it pay off?

Lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. are pushing reforms to railroad laws as Norfolk Southern faces scrutiny over recent train derailments.

News & Politics

Fetterman, Casey and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown introduce new rail safety legislation

The bill would direct federal railroad officials to study wheel-related failures and increase safety measures while trains are in motion.

News & Politics

Is your TikTok account hiding enemies of the state? How do you know?

Some lawmakers are trying to ban the app from government-owned devices, a move experts say will strengthen cybersecurity.