Pennsylvania Senate

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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Senate State Gov't Committee meets in the Capitol
Tony Romeo/KYW Newsradio
April 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that seeks to reign in Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive that counties replace their voting machines in time for the 2020 elections. Counties will have to select voting machines with a paper trail by the end of the year...
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Boscola addresses Senate State Gov't Committee
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Tony Romeo
April 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Members of the state Senate are making a new attempt to address a volatile issue leftover from the legislature’s last two-year session, redistricting reform. The Pennsylvania political foundation was rocked by last year’s battle over redistricting that culminated...
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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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smoke shop
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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Gov. Tom Wolf leaves the Capitol after giving his budget address, Feb. 5, 2019.
The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr
Tony Romeo
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Republicans have heaped praise on Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address Feb. 5, but that doesn't mean the road is paved for the big-ticket proposals he has outlined. Wolf framed this as "the most significant element" in his budget address: "A plan to create a new...
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Daylin Leach
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Jim Melwert
February 04, 2019 - 1:42 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach is stepping down as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leach said he told Jay Costa, the chairman of the committee, that he is focusing on — in his words — "working to clear my name." Leach has filed a defamation suit against...
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State Sen. Anthony Williams (podium) introduces Senate Bill 14.
Courtesy of state Sen. Anthony Williams
Cherri Gregg
January 29, 2019 - 12:54 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Senate has introduced a bill that would reform the commonwealth's probation system — legislation that was inspired by rapper Meek Mill's case. Robert Rahmeek Williams, aka Meek Mill, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for a technical...
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