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PA Lawmaker Pushes for State Immigration Office

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to create an Office of New Americans in the state.  Senator Jim Ferlo sent out letters last week seeking support of the bill, which would focus on attracting and integrating immigrants to Pennsylvania.  ...

PA Lawmakers Negotiate Liquor Sales

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

  With 2 weeks before Pennsylvania state lawmakers call it quits until September, Senate leaders behind closed doors are negotiating the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores.  The House bill would phase out 600 state liquor stores and ...

PA's Largest Labor Union Endorses Tom Wolf

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania's largest labor organization is endorsing the Democratic ticket for governor. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's executive council voted Thursday to support Tom Wolf and his running mate, state Sen. Mike Stack. They are challenging Republican ...

PA's Democratic Chair Says He's Not Going Down Without A Fight

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn says he intends to challenge Katie McGinty, the hand-picked candidate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, when the party’s state committee chooses a new chairman later this month. Burn ...

Wolf Endorses McGinty for PA Democratic Chair

06.12.14 | Terry Diener

Gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf has endorsed a former opponent - Katie McGinty - for chairwoman of the state Democratic Party.  He also endorsed state Representative Jake Wheatley of Allegheny County as vice chairman. Wolf disclosed his choices ...

PA's Political Corruption Costing Taxpayers

06.12.14 | Terry Diener

A scholarly study based on data from the Justice Department says Pennsylvanians pay inflated taxes because the state's public corruption rate is among the highest in the nation.  The report in Public Administration Review shows public ...

PA Lawmakers Push for Medical Marijuana

06.11.14 | FL News Team

A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be ready for a state Senate committee vote this month, supporters say.The bill would set up state oversight of doctors to prescribe marijuana for a range of illnesses, said Sen. Mike ...

PA House Scraps Pension Reform Plans

06.11.14 | Bob Price

  Members of the Republican majority met privately on the topic for hours yesterday afternoon but a spokesman says a complicated proposal to create a hybrid pension system for future school and state workers generated many questions but not a ...

Pennsylvania Has Second Highest-Paid Lawmakers in Country

06.10.14 | FL News Team

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, Pennsylvania's lawmakers continue to have the second-highest average salary in the nation.California is first, with an average legislator salary of $90,526, and Pennsylvania's average ...

PA Marriage Ruling to Stay

06.10.14 | Bill Price

The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage says he saw no proof that homosexual marriage destroyed the strength of families. Judge John Jones III was responding to a statement by Bishop David Zubik of the Roman ...

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