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NY's Assembly Takes A Closer Look At Rulebook After Sheldon Silver's Arrest

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

The New York State Assembly is considering re-writing the rules after Sheldon Silver's arrest. Reformers in the Assembly want to limit background dealings and disperse power, after helping force one of the state's most influential politicians to ...

NY Lawmakers Pass Series of Bills Stiffening Penalties For Sex Offenders

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Lawmakers in Albany have passed a series of bills stiffening penalties for sex offenders. Senator Ken Lavalle says the seven bills would help safeguard kids, college students and others from sexual predators. The package calls for more stringent ...

PA Gov Tom Wolf To Close Gas Drilling In State Forests

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order restoring a moratorium on new natural-gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania's state parks and forests. Wolf's office says he'll sign the order today at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia. ...

Young Teachers May Not See Much Bang For Their Pension Buck

01.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Findings just released from the National Council on Teacher Quality show Pennsylvania's teacher pension system carries the third highest unfunded liability in the country. Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation if that $32.6 billion liability is ...

Sheldon Silver Plans To Leave His Post As NY Assembly Speaker Monday

01.28.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Assembly Democrats announced Tuesday night that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his position by Monday. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle will serve as speaker until Feb. 10, when an election will be held to fill the post ...

Erie County Comptroller Proposes Gas Tax Cap

01.28.15 | Sarah Harnisch

With Buffalo drivers paying the highest gas prices in New York, and the second highest prices of any metropolitan area in the continental United States, relief could be on the way. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and County Legislator Ted ...

Prosecutors Seeking the Death Penalty For Police Ambush Suspect Eric Frein

01.28.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the man charged with killing a state trooper and seriously wounding another in a shooting outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin argued in a legal filing ...

PA Governor Tom Wolf Vows To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

01.28.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf gave an impromptu speech Tuesday to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing. The greeting with parents in Wolf's Capitol reception ...

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's Seat Is Under Siege

01.27.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Assembly Democrats said late Monday that Speaker Sheldon Silver should resign or face being voted out of the post he's held for 20 years. After a five-hour session behind closed doors, Assembly Democrats emerged and said a consensus of them want ...

Former PA Congressman Chris Carney Weighs Senate Seat in 2016

01.27.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Chris Carney says he is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. Carney serves on Governor Tom Wolf's transition team for military and veterans issues. Carney, a Susquehanna County ...

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