Law and Policy


FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the general election, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
PA Senate GOP Hires Firm to Review 2020 Election

The "forensic investigation," which is being launched in response to pressure from Republican supporters of former President Donald Trump upset over his 80,000-vote loss in the state, will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers $270,000.

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PA Lawmakers Try Anew to Toughen Penalty for Repeat DUI Drivers

Under the House bill, penalties would rise for those who receive multiple driving-under-the-influence convictions with higher blood-alcohol content levels.

Andrea Schry, right, fills out the buyer part of legal forms to buy a handgun as shop worker Missy Morosky fills out the vendor's parts at Dukes Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
House Passes Bill to Allow Permitless Concealed Gun Carry

Gov. Wolf will veto the bill which critics say makes guns more readily accessible.

Sabrina Werley works with her 4th grade students in a math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Cumru Twp., April 14, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Court Throws Out Pennsylvania School Mask Mandate, Wolf Administration Plans Appeal

The judges said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam's mandate did not comply with the state's laws about reviewing and approving regulations and was adopted without an existing disaster emergency declared by the governor.

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo semi-automatic handguns are displayed at shop in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
PA Senate Backs Bill to Allow Guns to Be Carried Without Permit

The bill faces a certain veto from Gov. Tom Wolf, along with another one the senate passed to punish municipalities that impose gun laws stricter than state law.

Hydrocodone Acetaminophen pills in Zelienople. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PA House Moves Bill to Add Seniors to Prescription Drug Program

Officials say it would expand eligibility by about 100,000 people, although some 20,000-23,000 more seniors are expected to enroll.

Lynn Weidner with Brandon Kingsmore in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of Lynn Weidner).
How Build Back Better Could Help These Pennsylvanians Build a Better Life

Congress is currently debating the aspects of the Build Back Better plan, which proposes expanding Medicare, lowering prescription drug costs, and funding home-based services, all of which would have a direct impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians.