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Pa. legislature abruptly abandons attempt to limit public access to campaign expenses

The proposed change to reduce oversight of their spending came just hours after an investigation revealed millions of dollars in hidden campaign expenses.

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Racial profiling in traffic stops? We won’t know, because Pa. State Police no longer track racial data.

A nationwide survey by Spotlight PA found the Pa. State Police is one of only 11 statewide law enforcement agencies not collecting race data during traffic stops. In response, State Police officials said they would reverse course and resume collection.

Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer resigns after being charged with possessing child pornography

State Sen. Mike Folmer resigned Wednesday, a day after he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and other crimes.

Pa. state senator from Lebanon County charged with possession of child pornography

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for the resignation of Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican.

Woman who accused ex-Pa. lawmaker of rape ‘credible,’ but no charges will be brought, DA says

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo on Monday said he believed a woman who accused a onetime Pennsylvania legislator of rape was “credible,” but that it ultimately was not in the public interest to prosecute.

No criminal charges against ex-Pa. legislator accused of sexual assault, jury recommends

The grand jury, impaneled earlier this year to investigate the allegations against former State Rep. Brian Ellis (R., Butler), cited the woman’s delayed reporting of the incident and memory lapses of key witnesses, among other factors.

Pa. Senate GOP to Lt. Gov. Fetterman: You ‘scarred the institution’

In a rare rebuke, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate penned a scathing letter to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, asserting his “self-righteous defiance" of the chamber’s rules led to last week's chaotic fight on the floor, which has garnered national headlines.

Pa. Sen. Katie Muth read a letter from a former homeless man on the Senate floor last week — now she’s gone viral

Video of the episode was picked up on Twitter by NowThis (@nowthisnews), which has 2.3 million followers and describes itself as sharing “stories that move.” Items highlighted on its page often go viral, quickly getting shared across the country.

Gov. Wolf signs budget containing some items Democrats oppose

The Democratic governor said he will sign the $34 billion spending plan sent to him by the Republican-controlled legislature.

ACLU lawsuit: Pa. state troopers violated law by stopping Latinos, acting as immigration officers

By usurping federal powers, troopers sent a message to communities across Pennsylvania: The state police are in the immigration business.