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PA House GOP lawmakers plan to pursue expanded voter ID

Republicans say they will use a legislative maneuver to force a floor vote on the measure.

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Five for Friday: Harrisburg storylines you may have missed

City & State breaks down five moves that shaped policy discussion this week

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Josh Shapiro announces new plan to cap emissions in Pennsylvania

The governor promised to pull Pennsylvania out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative if lawmakers approve a state-specific plan to cut emissions.

News & Politics

Five for Friday: Pennsylvania’s presidential power

Biden’s State of the Union and campaign plans have the commonwealth written all over them

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A running list of Pennsylvania’s State of the Union guests

Attendees will include Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, local officials and educators.

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‘There's got to be an all-of-the-above strategy’: PA Senate GOP Leader Joe Pittman talks energy policy in Pennsylvania

Pittman discusses the future of Pennsylvania’s cap-and-trade plan and what energy issues could find bipartisan support in the General Assembly.

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Snowy Special Election: What to watch for in the 140th House District race

Voters in Bucks County head to the polls on a snowy special election day that could impact the state House majority


Opinion: Time for a full stop on marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania

As state lawmakers debate cannabis legalization, advocates say they should bring an end to cannabis-related arrests in the commonwealth.

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10 things to know about Josh Shapiro’s 2024 budget proposal

Shapiro’s budget calls for investments in education, legalizing cannabis and gun violence prevention funds.

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City & State’s General Assembly retirement tracker

A running list of all the resignations and impending retirements in the General Assembly.

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PA Republicans call for governor to support Texas amid border standoff

Amid growing tensions between Texas officials and the federal government over border security, GOP lawmakers want Pennsylvania to get involved.

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A quick guide to PA’s House District 140 special election

Voters in Bucks County will head to the polls in February to elect a new state representative in an election that will determine control of the state House.

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State panel advances Dem-backed report with school funding recommendations

The report suggests that $5.4 billion is needed to close a statewide education adequacy gap.

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A step in the right direction: PA Capitol’s infamous escalators to be replaced

The Department of General Services announced a renovation project for the Capitol’s East Wing that is set to be completed by August 2025.

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13 things to know about the PA budget and other bills passed by lawmakers in December

Lawmakers finished 2023 by finalizing a budget and honoring Taylor Swift.

Interviews & Profiles

Q&A with state Rep. Chris Rabb

The Philadelphia progressive discusses medical cannabis, legalization and money in politics.