Stories tagged: "state legislature"


(Photo/PA State Legislature)
State Rep Wants People With Domestic Violence Convictions Banned From Running For Public Office

Rep. Scott Conklin has introduced a bill that would prohibit individuals with a domestic violence conviction from running for or holding any public office in the state government.

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.

Student teacher Olivia Vazquez leads students through their morning meeting at the Eliza B. Kirkbride School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Vazquez is finishing up her last semester at Swarthmore College and hoping to help make sure immigrant students arriving in Philadelphia have a more supportive experience in school than she did growing up. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Why Can’t Republicans Get on Board With Common-Sense Education Initiatives?

Republicans refuse to take action on bills that would make Pennsylvania schools healthier, safer, and more inclusive.

Chairman Mark Nordenberg, second left, listens to House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, speaks during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The commission voted Thursday in favor of new preliminary district maps over sharp objections from the House's Republican leader about how his chamber's district lines would change. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Court Upholds New Maps for Pennsylvania General Assembly

State Supreme Court justices rejected various challenges to the House and Senate district lines drawn up by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.

Shown is a new map of congressional districts provided by the Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. Pennsylvania's highest court is breaking a partisan deadlock over a new map of congressional districts by selecting boundaries that broadly adhere to the current outlines of the state's districts. (Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania via AP)
US Supreme Court Rejects PA GOP Congressional Redistricting Plan

The congressional redistricting map selected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be in effect for the upcoming 2022 elections.

Shown is a new map of congressional districts provided by the Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. Pennsylvania's highest court is breaking a partisan deadlock over a new map of congressional districts by selecting boundaries that broadly adhere to the current outlines of the state's districts. (Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania via AP)
Why Judges Matter: Court Sets Pennsylvania’s New Congressional District Boundaries

According to analysis, the new 17-district map gives Pennsylvania eight Republican-leaning districts, six Democratic-leaning districts, and three highly competitive districts.

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre holds up maps during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The commission voted Thursday in favor of new preliminary district maps over sharp objections from the House's Republican leader about how his chamber's district lines would change. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Where Things Stand With PA’s Legislative and Congressional Maps

As expected, the courts will likely end up deciding how both Pennsylvania’s legislative and congressional districts will look for the next 10 years.