Law and Policy


Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida)
EXCLUSIVE: A Republican Plan to Raise Taxes on Pennsylvanians and Potentially End Social Security and Medicare is Massively Unpopular, Poll Shows

Florida Sen. Rick Scott introduced a plan that would raise taxes and could end Social Security and Medicare for more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians and eliminate Medicaid coverage for 3.5 million residents.

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie (L) with members of the Hershey Kiss Committee at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on April 6, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Hershey Kiss Committee)
Sweet Stuff: Bucks County High School Students Looking to Make Hershey’s Kisses the Official State Candy

What better way to learn about the legislative process than by trying to get the iconic Hershey’s Kiss named the official candy of Pennsylvania.

GARDINER, ME - AUGUST 21: Chocolate containing 10 mg of THC extract, made by the Wellness Connection of Maine in Gardiner, photographed on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. (Staff photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Bill Proposed to Make Edibles Legal for Medical Marijuana Patients

Sen. Dan Laughlin wants to see Pennsylvania join the 25 other states with medical marijuana laws that allow the sale and consumption of edibles by medical marijuana patients.

FILE - In this April 2, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator waves a flag with marijuana leaves on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside of the White House in Washington. Marijuana would be decriminalized at the federal level under legislation the House approved Friday as Democrats made the case for allowing states to set their own policies on pot. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Not a Single PA Republican in the US House Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana

Just like their colleagues in the state House, Pennsylvania Republicans in the US House continue to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: A woman walks with a sign supporting legalizing marijuana during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convention officially began on Monday and has attracted thousands of protesters, members of the media and Democratic delegates to the City of Brotherly Love.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Report: Pennsylvania Among States With Worst Marijuana Laws

According to a new report from the Marijuana Policy Project, Pennsylvania has some of the worst marijuana laws in the country. Blacks are also three times more likely to be arrested for possession in the commonwealth.

School staff pack grab-and-go meals for distribution to students and families at John H. Webster Elementary School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Feeding Pennsylvania Students: Why Many Are Urging Congress to Extend the Free Lunch Program

Right now, almost all students in the commonwealth are eligible for a free meal, but that ends with the school year and has not been extended. Many think it should.

President Joe Biden announces a ban on Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia's economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
PA Congressional Lawmakers Support Ban On Russian Energy Imports

The US took a stand and became the first nation to ban Russian energy imports, which account for less than 10% of overall oil imports in America.