Folmer’s Vehicle Law Passes

Lebanon Daily News A bill championed by Sen. Mike Folmer for several years unanimously passed the state Senate this week. Senate Bill 104 requiring the state’s fleet of 16,000 vehicles to have “official use” license plates was passed by a 50-0 vote on Tuesday. It now moves to the state House of Representatives. The law […]

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State House Passes Sexting Legislation

York Daily Record On Monday, the state House of Representatives approved legislation written by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, to reduce the criminal penalties teens could face for exchanging nude photos of themselves and others in a practice known as “sexting.” The legislation will now go to the state Senate. Current law allows district […]

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Possible Do Not Text Registry

WDUQ People frustrated by text messaging ads might soon have an answer to their problem. Pennsylvania State Representative Seth Grove (R-Dover) introduced legislation amending the Telemarketer Registration Act to include text messages. Rep. Grove says the idea for the amendment came from his constituents. “I had a couple senior citizens come into the office. And […]

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Teen Driving Bill Sponsored By State Rep. Kathy Watson Passes In House

Montgomery News House Bill 9, sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Watson, R-144, that aims to make the state’s roads and highways safer was passed by the House May 10 in a 175-21 vote. “Two of the greatest safety concerns on our highways are young drivers who are distracted and who do not have the experience […]

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Students Discuss Government With Legislators

Warren Times Observer Diploma program students made a two-day trip to Harrisburg recently to learn about Pennsylvania State government. Students also toured the capital and met with Sen. Joe Scarnati, Sen. Mary Jo White and Rep. Kathy Rapp. Students were able to ask questions how Pennsylvania government works. They learned about current issues like Marcellus […]

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Linda Kelly Approved As PA Attorney General

Scott Detrow Newsworks The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously confirmed Linda Kelly as the state’s attorney general. The 50-0 vote makes Kelly the first female attorney general since the post became an elected office in 1981. Kelly spent the bulk of her career in the Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney’s office, where she served as Tom Corbett’s chief […]

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Pa. Legislative Caucus Aims To Preserve Military Bases

Herald Mail State Sens. Richard Alloway II and John Blake announced last week the formation of a legislative caucus to help preserve the state’s 11 military bases and defense jobs in the face of potential base realignment. The primary goal of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus will be the preservation of Pennsylvania’s 11 military […]

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Warrior Turzai

Brad Bumsted Pittsburgh Post-Gazette With his gravelly voice, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai could probably do a decent imitation of former Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell. It is about the only thing they have in common. In fact, Rendell once called Turzai “nuts” for pushing business tax cuts as the state faced a budget shortfall. That […]

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Analysis: The Push Toward Privatizing

John Micek Allentown Morning Call When officials in Connecticut needed to renovate 23 highway service plazas, they entered into a 35-year agreement with a private company that will invest $178 million in the repair work in return for a share of state revenues. In Illinois last year, officials privatized management of the state lottery, agreeing to a […]

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