Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and York counties to choose a replacement for retired Republican Sen. Richard Alloway, in a race marred by controversy over one of the candidate’s social media posts.

Alloway retired in February, telling reporters that he did not see a path to leadership and that the time had come to move on to other ventures. The 50-year-old was elected in 2009 to replace the retiring Terry Punt.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Five bills to watch for the week of March 25

Five bills to watch for the week of March 25

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From voting machines to natural gas drilling, here are five bills to watch for the week of March 25.
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Alloway retiring in February

Alloway retiring in February

Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) is retiring effective February 28.

Alloway has served in the General Assembly since 2008. He was due to stand for reelection in 2020.
Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

With supporters cheering it on, domestic violence bill advances hesitantly through Senate

A bill meant to strip firearms from convicted domestic abusers advanced out of committee Monday, but details have Senators from both sides of the aisle questioning the bill despite a similar measure passing unanimously in spring.

Passed last week by a bipartisan 131-62 margin in the House, HB 2060 shortens the length of time from 60 days to 24 hours for a final PFA recipient to hand over their guns, while also removing a provision that allowed friends and family hold to hold the firearms for safekeeping.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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