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Each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties must implement a new voting system that meets two qualifications, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. ... "Whether there will be help from the state government to flip this bill, or perhaps more money from the federal government, we're unsure right now.". voting machines
The federal government is chipping in around $13.5 million for upgrades. But Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Robert Torres estimated new machines would retail between about $100 million and $150 million. That leaves counties to foot the rest of the bill, and many say it won't be easy. ... voting machines

George Scott got the inevitable question a half-hour into a meet-the-candidate house party in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania: How will you inspire all those people in the congressional district who put up Donald Trump signs in 2016? "Really good question," said Scott, a Democrat, to ...
Adamsburg volunteer firefighters rescue a dummy being used for a hazardous materials training exercise on a Hempfield farm in June 2015. fake patient. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors is demanding that the state Legislature address the volunteer crisis affecting local fire ...
Wagner, a self-made millionaire turned York County state senator, said it is essential for households and businesses, such as his municipal trash and recycling company, Penn Waste, to keep up with their books. Pennsylvania government, he said, should be no different. "I'm telling you right now -- and ...
"With the number of incidents of workplace harassment and sexual misconduct both in private sector and in Pennsylvania government, we believe this is an issue worth an in-depth study," Kauffman said. "The hearing was held to give the committee members the opportunity to get a solid background on ...

A recent audit by the Federal Government found an alarming number of nursing homes are failing to report suspected abuse, including sexual abuse. Action News Investigative Reporter Chad Pradelli has been investigating the nursing home industry here in Pennsylvania for the past year. We looked ...
Unsatisfied with the pace of implementation of recent civil service reforms in Pennsylvania, state Sens. ... Speaking in support of SB1037, she said it would dramatically streamline the government hiring process, making it significantly easier both for applicants and for the various government agencies.
“This is a case of six individuals scamming a state government program out of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “These funds were supposed to invest in Pennsylvania's workforce – offering job training to deserving companies and employees. We'll go after this kind ...
Those four institutions are distinct from the 14 universities directly operated by the state government through the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The state-owned schools (and Lincoln) focus on undergraduate education whereas Penn State, Pitt and Temple are far larger and more ...
In an election year, you would think our elected state representatives would be on their best behavior, not their worst. But Harrisburg's worst angels prevailed during a recent meeting of the House State Government Committee, which cynically and arrogantly cut the citizens out of a bill creating ... wait for it ...
Both bills were sent to the Senate's State Government Committee last year, where nothing has happened. That's sadly typical for reform measures in the General Assembly. But State Sen. Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), chairman of the State Government Committee, predicts one of the bills will be brought up for ...
Looks like someone needs a nap. In a truly epic rant posted to his official Facebook page, House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, hauled off and slapped the 'liberal loser Democrat legislators,' with whom he's forced to share oxygen and table space during committee ...
Kiski Area High School students Brandon Stine and Michael Griffin, both 15, work together on a federalism project during their honors contemporary American government class on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The Pennsylvania Senate is set to take up a bill this spring that could require students to take U.S. ...
The main reason Kortz and other lawmakers have lobbied for the test is a declining knowledge of basic facets of government among Americans. A 2016 survey from Penn, for example, found only about a quarter or respondents could name all three branches of U.S. government. Nearly a third couldn't name ...
“This bill is at ensuring the government funds, which are taxpayer dollars paid by hardworking Pennsylvania families ... are available to those who truly need them,” he said. “I, like every other member of this chamber ... want to see Pennsylvanians living prosperously in fulfilling lives. But this will not happen ...
On April 16, members of Represent Pennsylvania, along with non-partisan reform groups from around the state, will converge on the state capital in Harrisburg on April 16 to deliver a corruption report card to the Pennsylvania government, giving an F grade based on the Center for Public Integrity's State ...

Sponsored by Pennsylvania 4-H, Capital Days is a citizenship-awareness and civic-engagement educational program designed to engage 4-H members in the political process and prepare them to become active and engaged citizens of Pennsylvania. Those attending gain valuable leadership and ...
Harrisburg, PA – Sponsored by Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-Berks County), the Executive Women's Council of Pittsburgh (EWC) has been ... continue to be contacted by organizations to provide candidates for board opportunities and have successfully placed a number of women on government boards.
Over the past 16 months, courts struck down political districting plans drawn by Republicans in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Federal judges threw out a state legislative map in Wisconsin and a congressional plan in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court invalidated the ...
Rothberg contacted most of the student government leaders in Pennsylvania and got the support of the representatives for 110,000 students. He worked closely with Katie Jordan, the Penn State University Park undergraduate association president, and Max Kneis, University of Pittsburgh's student ...
Three candidates are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's May 15th primary election to represent the newly drawn third district, ... He describes schools like Penn and Drexel as “engines to attack the question of poverty" — in fact, Penn's Fels Institute of Government published ...
Impeachment is the nuclear option undergirding the separation of powers framework of American government. Borrowed from British tradition, it was incorporated into the US Constitution in 1787 – and migrated from there into most state constitutions. Fundamentally, impeachment in a bicameral legislature ...
Ahmad also said she believes having a lieutenant governor that embodies diversity is important to showcase Pennsylvania as open to the new ideas that drive an innovative economy. Ahmad emigrated from Bangladesh when she was 21 years old and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
“This could impact all of us,” said Erin Casey, executive director of Pennsylvania Voice, a good-governance advocacy group that's pushing for a fair and accurate 2020 ... The federal government is planning on asking a question on citizenship status in the 2020 census, a full count of every U.S. resident.
Even as PA. and other states have moved to expand their medical marijuana programs, the federal government has been attempting to stifle the ongoing legalization move. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy which allowed states to regulate their own regulations ...
Ahmad: I do think there is a role for the LG in such a large state. We have the 6th largest GDP. You do need someone to support the gov in [his] properties and be that brand ambassador for Pennsylvania. Cozzone: Much like the federal government, this is a partnership. [Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor] ...
As Christine Hauser reports for the New York Times, FBI representatives were seen earlier this month digging up a site in Dents Run, Pennsylvania, where some ... Griggs of CNN that he undertook his own search for the lost gold, even hiring a private investigator to comb through government records in Washington, D.C..
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Costello announced on Sunday, March 25, 2018, that he would not be seeking re-election, ending weeks of speculation about his future and boosting ...
A federal bankruptcy court on Monday approved a plan for Philadelphia Energy Solutions to exit bankruptcy by April 10 at the latest, after creditors including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government withdrew their objections. The plan will allow the South Philadelphia refinery, the ...
Pennsylvania's Democratic governor wants legislation to let people register to vote on the day of elections and loosen the state's strict rules for absentee ballots. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday everyone who gets a license from the state Department of Transportation or signs up for a public service should be ...
Pennsylvania moved in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana, and became the first state to codify research on the substance into law. Marijuana is still considered by the federal government to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance, though federal officials have generally declined to enforce that ban, and have ...
The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court scolded Republican state lawmakers on Thursday, after they filed impeachment resolutions against ... in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary, which is an essential component of our constitutional plan of government," he said.
... caution that not only would a restriction on skins cost the state revenue, but since it would go against the intent of the legislation, “limiting the number of skins in any regard would be an unconstitutional usurpation of the specific powers and authority of the legislative branch of Pennsylvania government.” ...
Since then, University leaders in Penn State's Office of Government and Community Relations have been working with state government officials to drive legislation forward. Penn State supports the bill, which is intended to deter hazing through a combination of stricter penalties, increased reporting ...
A bipartisan group of senators this week announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania. The bills ultimately passed the Senate Wednesday, with one of the bills headed to the governor's desk. “Now I'm sure each member would ...
HARRISBURG – Stating that child protection is a foremost government responsibility, two state Senators have launched a push to reform laws, regulations, and funding for Pennsylvania's child welfare system. Sens. Lisa Baker, R-20th, and Judy Schwank, D-11th, who lead the Senate Health and Human ...
They thought they had outmaneuvered the legislature, but the justices forgot that legislatures always have the final say about rogue government officials. On Tuesday, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House took the first step in exercising their constitutional power to impeach the justices and remove them ...
Pennsylvania needed to save some money, and in government IT, that often translates to a plan for shared services. Last October at the annual National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conference, Pennsylvania CIO John MacMillan talked about an effort to unite human resources ...
It's been nearly a decade since Pennsylvania rewrote its Right-to-Know Law to make it easier for the public to obtain government records. A new analysis shows the law is providing access, though some agencies sadly still prefer to keep secrets. The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance ...
There is a long list of exceptions to Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law governing public records; among those exceptions is the category of “noncriminal investigations.” Even though your tax dollars pay for them, the government can hide the final results. That's why Governor Tom Wolf can keep the ...
Joe Hoeffel sees a new opportunity in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court handed down new district lines that mitigate the Republican ... “I've had a chance to step back from the day-to-day of government and I think I have a different and better perspective than I did before,” said Hoeffel. “Frankly ...
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint against one of Gov. Tom Wolf's top aides, ... Word of the investigation comes the same day Wolf (a self-described leading ethics advocate) unveiled a package of ethics reforms proposals aimed at rebuilding public trust in government.
TRAFFORD, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump invoked “steel and business” Monday as he and his son made a final push to sway voters in a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat that will reverberate nationally. Trump has already visited the district twice to try to buoy Republican Rick Saccone.
Republican Rick Saccone, right, acknowledges the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Moon Township, Pa. Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election being held on March 13 for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional ...
Good government groups, such as Common Cause Pennsylvania and Committee of 70, said they were supportive of the proposals. "We are pleased to see any initiative to bring further transparency and accountability to the Commonwealth, and encourage the Governor and General Assembly to use this ...
YES, here we are again, GOVERNMENT FUNDING runs out in less than two weeks, and there's more drama developing behind the scenes. THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Will Republicans in Congress keep funding for the so-called Gateway Tunnel, a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey?
New housing starts in 2017 in Franklin County, Pa., continued their gradual rebound since the Great Recession, but still fall short of one-time highs. ... "I think the people in Maryland will want to save in retirement and come to Pennsylvania," Royer said, referring to Pennsylvania government not taxing ...
The Sunshine Act and Right to Know Law are Pennsylvania's primary public access laws. These laws guarantee the public's right to access government information at public meetings and through public records. Public access to meetings and records is fundamental to the public's ability to understand ...
PITTSBURGH -- In the first wave of the White House's new western Pennsylvania offensive, one of President Donald Trump's chief aides Thursday attacked ... Conway's appearance comes just days after a federal watchdog determined that she violated the federal law prohibiting government officials from ...


 

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