Pennsylvania Senate

Man holding vape and tobacco cigarettes
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Tony Romeo
September 25, 2019 - 2:20 pm
The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would raise to 21 the legal age to purchase nicotine and vaping products.
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Election official Mary Wickersham enters selections into a voting machine during a public accuracy testing of Election Day voting machines, Oct. 23, 2018 in Minnesota.
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Tony Romeo
July 05, 2019 - 1:32 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a controversial bill Friday that would have eliminated the straight-party ticket option on voting machines. Senate Bill 48 — passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in the final days before summer recess — would have provided up to $90...
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Tony Romeo
June 12, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Over the strenuous objections of opponents, the Pennsylvania Senate has sent to the House legislation that would allow for more armed security personnel in schools. The bill passed by the Senate would authorize school districts to have armed security guards,...
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State Sen. Daylin Leach
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Tony Romeo
June 10, 2019 - 5:38 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — State Sen. Daylin Leach remains defiant amid more calls for his resignation, following a preliminary report on an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him. At a Capitol press conference Monday, state lawmakers urged action on policies to stop...
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Tony Romeo
June 06, 2019 - 11:26 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania House has sent the Senate legislation that would end child marriages in Pennsylvania. The sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Jesse Topper, said remarkably, Pennsylvania is one of 27 states that does not set a minimum age for marriage. It is...
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State senators, including Democrat Judy Schwank, spoke of momentum behind wide-ranging changes intended to make voting more convenient.
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Tony Romeo
April 30, 2019 - 4:00 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A state Senate committee heard hours of testimony on sweeping proposals to reform elections in Pennsylvania, including legislation that would allow for early voting and would allow Independents to vote in primary elections. State senators, including Democrat Judy...
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State Rep. Mark Rozzi
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Tony Romeo
April 10, 2019 - 5:20 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Once again, the ball is in the state Senate’s court, after legislation intended to give victims of child sexual abuse a new opportunity to seek justice has again cleared the House. This time, lawmakers are taking a different approach. For years, child sex abuse...
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State Senate Democrats lead a call to action on poverty.
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Cherri Gregg
April 04, 2019 - 2:57 pm
WEST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Senate Democrats gathered at the corner of 40th Street and Haverford Avenue Thursday to kick off a 30-day effort to focus on poverty in Pennsylvania. They stood at the same place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to 10,000 Philadelphians in...
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Tony Romeo
March 31, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A bill that would raise the minimum age to legally purchase tobacco products to 21 has run into resistance in the Pennsylvania Senate. The bill failed to clear the state Senate Judiciary Committee this past week due to tie vote. Democratic members voted “no,”...
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A man rides a scooter Oct. 4, 2018, in Tempe.
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Pat Loeb
February 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A major step forward has been made in getting electric scooters legalized in Philadelphia. Lawmakers in Harrisburg introduced legislation Tuesday that would make them legal in the state for the first time. Coincidentally, Philadelphia City Council is holding hearings...
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