Federal coronavirus relief money made a big difference in Pennsylvania, but as it dries up, a second wave of closures could be coming.
The state House of Representatives canceled its voting session Thursday after a Republican lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus, delaying a crucial vote to extend a rent relief program that has just expired.
The move came a day after President Donald Trump fanned manufactured claims of election fraud. Alarmed state Democratic lawmakers called it a “stealth attack” on voting.
The Hershey School, the nation’s richest private school, agrees under pressure from state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to expand across Pennsylvania.
Republicans who control the Senate have pushed a proposal that would effectively make Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm ineligible to remain on the job.
An investigation found state health officials abandoned their urgency in implementing a faster process, leaving them ill-prepared to accurately report death data when the pandemic arrived.
A bill advancing in the state Senate would set strict criteria for drawing congressional and legislative maps, and make underlying data available for analysis.
Election boards want to start processing mail-in ballots before Election Day, but such a move would require cooperation between the Democratic governor and Republican leaders.
Much of the decision is grounded in precedent that has been widely repudiated, and it also runs counter to similar rulings and the reasoning of the country’s chief justice, John Roberts.
Limiting how many people can gather indoors and outdoors violates “the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment,” a judge ruled.
The lobbyist, recently hired by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, worked for the firm that runs the lawmaker’s political campaigns.
In Pennsylvania, it’s up to individual courts in each county to decide how to interpret the federal order. With debts mounting, renters’ lives are in limbo, and relief is only temporary.
Eight years ago, the state slashed $84 million targeted toward these programs and many services were eliminated. Now, advocates fear they could be on the chopping block again.
The announcement came shortly before a Senate panel was set to consider the same move, prompting the administration’s critics to question the timing.
An hour-long debate culminated in an unsuccessful vote to override the governor’s veto of a resolution that would force him to end the state’s disaster declaration.