Since the current two-year session began in January 2019, 19 lawmakers have announced plans to retire and seven have resigned. At least seven of the Republican-held seats were won by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2018, making them prime targets for Democrats.
With $4 million in state funds, Pennsylvania is buying ads and preparing to award grants to nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups, and colleges to ensure every resident is counted in the 2020 census.
The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would abolish the heavily criticized “fail first” approach, which requires stage IV cancer patients to show no improvement with cheaper, insurance-approved drugs before moving on to more innovative approaches.
Gov. Wolf made an impassioned plea to the legislature to tighten the state’s gun laws, including mandating universal background checks and passing a red flag law to allow firearms to be temporarily seized from people considered a threat to themselves or others.
The proposal would make $1 billion in grants available to schools through an expansion of the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. “I think that’s the magnitude of this problem, and this is specifically for toxic schools,” Wolf said.