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Pa. state lawmakers among the highest paid in U.S., but they’re doing less and less actual lawmaking

The number of bills introduced in the legislature has fallen by more than 20% since the early 1990s, and the number of bills passed into law has fallen even more dramatically in the years since.

Could this state commission help weed out bad cops?

The state Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission can revoke the license of officers convicted of certain crimes or deemed unfit for duty. Some lawmakers want to make it stronger.


Controversy brewing for Tracey Gordon, even before she takes over as Philly’s register of wills | Clout

Remember Rasheen Crews? The controversial political consultant, accused of forging signatures on petitions for judicial candidates in the primary that forced several to drop out, is back and telling people about his next big job.

After Philly shootings, Gov. Wolf signs order seeking to reduce gun violence

The order calls for police to increase their monitoring of hate groups and white nationalists and boosts training for handling threats of mass shootings.

Gov. Wolf to sign executive order on violence this morning, in the wake of Philly cop shootings

The signing of the order comes a day some local and state officials renewed calls for Congress and the state legislature to strengthen gun control laws in response to the shooting of police.

Cosby’s lawyers seek new trial at Harrisburg hearing, testing limits of #MeToo-era justice

The 82-year-old comedian's legal team asked the court to overturn his sexual assault conviction. The questions they raised strike at an area of law that is rapidly evolving as a parade of high-profile men have found themselves in court facing similar assault claims.

Calls for Pa. special session on guns grow after shootings in Dayton, El Paso

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, faces a cry from lawmakers in his party for a special legislative session on guns. But would it be purely symbolic?

Man who claims sex abuse by two priests sues Diocese of Harrisburg for fraud, conspiracy

The suit comes on the heels of a Superior Court ruling that may clear the way for victims of decades-old abuse to have their cases heard by a jury.

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.

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.