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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A group of legislative Democrats are pushing no fewer than twelve bills on voter registration in the House and Senate. They would model expanded voting and voter registration in Pennsylvania after reforms already done in other states. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Legislation's being introduced in the Senate this week to change how Pennsylvania elects its lieutenant governor. It was prompted by a scandal that hit Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack recently, which called attention to an apparent rift between himself and Governor Tom Wolf. 

PA's Low On Cash, May Need To Borrow

Jun 8, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania's two top fiscal officers sent out a strongly worded letter to legislators and the governor Wednesday, warning them that the commonwealth's finances are dangerously strained. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- GOP lawmakers and the Wolf administration have renewed their sparring over state government regulation, butting heads on environmental rules. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- An impassioned group of advocates and lawmakers are pushing for two controversial pieces of legislation that would make it harder for women to access abortion services in Pennsylvania. 

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(Harrisburg) -- June has arrived, and that means it's budget season at the Capitol. Upwards of five hundred people crowded into the state Capitol rotunda for a rally on Monday, filling the steps and the upper floors, all chanting for a budget that funds health, human services, and education. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After a recent audit found significant accounting, technology, and funding issues in the commonwealth's unemployment compensation system, the Wolf administration is attempting to correct its course. But it's not going to be an easy--or quick--process. 

Many Unknowns Persist For Pennsylvania's Real ID

Jun 1, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After years of back and forth, Pennsylvania has passed a law to bring its state IDs up to federal standards. But compliance doesn't end there. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State lawmakers accepted over $145 thousand in hospitality, gifts, and other travel in 2016, according to recently-filed financial interest disclosure forms.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Activists across the commonwealth are urging state lawmakers to take an uncommon step in order to move a bill that would place limits on the gifts elected officials can accept.

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is pushing to consolidate four state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services. And he's now made his pick to head the new department - if the Legislature approves the merger. Wolf says he'll nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

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The state senate unanimously approved Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell has been at the helm of the agency for nearly a year. He was appointed last May after the abrupt departure of his predecessor, John Quigley, who was ensnared in controversy over an angry email he sent to some environmental groups.  

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The state senate has advanced a bill that could upend an ongoing legal challenge by two environmental groups seeking to restrict coal mining beneath a western Pennsylvania state park. With the backing of senate GOP leadership, SB 624 was approved by a committee Monday in an 8-4 party line vote

PA Proposes New Fees To Protect Water Quality

May 23, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- Over the past few months, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been warning Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to step up its enforcement of water quality programs. Now DEP is now proposing new fees to keep up with its workload. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- At the behest of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and top Republicans, the state Auditor General is launching a formal review of how the Democratic National Convention's host committee spent state money. 

Furloughed PA Employees Returning To State Jobs

May 17, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The first wave of employees has been called back to work in the state's unemployment compensation call centers, with more follow next week.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Legislation to combine the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole has begun moving through the state Senate.

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A state Senate panel has unanimously approved Governor Tom Wolf’s choice to lead the state Department of Environmental Protection. Patrick McDonnell has already been on the job for nearly a year, as DEP’s Acting Secretary. He was appointed after the abrupt departure of his predecessor, John Quigley, who was ensnared in controversy over an angry email he sent to some environmental groups. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Around the state, advocates and frustrated Pennsylvanians are pushing lawmakers to change the rules governing how district lines are redrawn every ten years. The current process lets politicians the skew districts in their political favor--a process known as gerrymandering.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A state senate committee has advanced a bill that would somewhat impede the governor from enacting "economically significant" resolutions. It defines an "economically significant" resolution as one that would earn or cost more than a million state dollars. 

Report Shows PA Revenues Down Across The Board

May 3, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The latest financial reports for the commonwealth don't contain much good news. With two months remaining in the fiscal year, the Department of Revenue is reporting a shortfall that has ballooned to more than a billion dollars--the worst budget gap since 2010.  

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The head of Pennsylvania's National Guard and veterans affairs programs has sent a letter to state House lawmakers...warning them the Republican-backed budget proposal would result in "critical failure." The House GOP spending plan cuts an additional seven percent from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, on top of cuts negotiated with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. 

Funding Cuts For Planned Parenthood Pass PA Senate

Apr 27, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bill that could potentially eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood facilities in Pennsylvania has passed a state Senate committee. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The office of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has finished a long-awaited report on state spending in the unemployment compensation system. It began in January after the Senate decided not to extend a dedicated funding stream for the system over suspicion of mismanagement. The move prompted nearly 500 layoffs. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has voted to advance a group of four very different proposals to loosen restrictions on liquor sales in Pennsylvania. Liquor expansion is being counted on as a necessary component of the House GOP's proposed budget for next year. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- With the July budget deadline beginning to creep up, the state legislature is entering its busy season. Several component parts of what will eventually be next year's fiscal plan are under construction, and sticking points are already surfacing--even within the House and Senate's Republican majorities. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State House Republicans are attempting to chart a new course for liquor sales in Pennsylvania, pushing a traditionally state-run system further and further toward privatization. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Several House committees held the latest in a string of hearings Monday about Governor Tom Wolf's plan to consolidate four state agencies. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack has found himself under investigation by the state Inspector General's office, after allegations he and his wife, Tonya, mistreated their staff and police detail. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state legislature may be away for the week, but that hasn't kept the Capitol free of controversy. Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack is currently under investigation for mistreating his staff and security detail.

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