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Sen. Brewster Renews Call for Marijuana Legalization Ballot Question

To spur citizen engagement on whether Pennsylvania should legalize marijuana, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is renewing his call for passage of legislation authorizing...

Governor Wolf Sends Letter Reaffirming Commitment to Refugees

Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirming his commitment to keeping Pennsylvania a...

Proposed Constitutional Ban on Fracking in PA

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced legislation to create a constitutional amendment banning hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. “My staff and I have toured fracking sites all...

Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Combat Climate Change, Carbon Emissions

Governor Tom Wolf took executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based...

Governor wants to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman held a press conference to announce the final report from the Lt. Gov’s statewide recreational marijuana...

Gov. Wolf Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder

Governor Tom Wolf joined Independence Blue Cross Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Stephen Fera, and members of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to...

Thousands of Voters Use New Online Absentee Ballot Application in First...

Pennsylvania’s newest voting innovation – online absentee ballot applications at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee – had nearly 4,300 voters using the system in the first week. “The success...

AG Shapiro: Congress Must Close Ammunition Loophole

Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 20 other Attorneys General in sending a letter to Congressional leaders urging their support of legislation...

Governor Wolf Urges House Committee to Consider Gun Safety Bills

Governor Tom Wolf is urging the House Judiciary Committee to consider gun safety bills that are overwhelmingly supported by the public and focus on...

Pennsylvania to Launch Online Application for Absentee Ballots

As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to making voting more convenient, Pennsylvania is launching a new option for voters to apply online for...

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