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POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:16 PM

Pennsylvania residents would be able to register to vote online, and have quicker access to information about who funds their state legislator - as well as who spends money to influence policy-making in the Capitol - under a trio of bills passed unanimously Wednesday in the Senate.

It's all in the name of government transparency and efficiency in a state that has made a big push over the last decade to be more, well, open when it comes to matters of open records.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:08 PM

When it comes to selling liquor, Main Street can do it better.

So advocates a new, four-minute video (see below) by the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which has made no secret of its support for Gov. Corbett's plan to privatize the sale of wine and hard liquor in the state.


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POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:54 PM

A bill to restrict abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange won passage in a House committee today.

In a 15-9 vote, largely along party lines, the Health Committee approved a proposal that provides exceptions only for victims of rape and incest or when the mother's life is threatened.

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POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:51 PM

Pennsylvania residents will have an extra day to file their personal income taxes because the state Department of Revenue website – as well as the websites of many other state agencies – went dark for several hours Monday due to technical problems.

Residents will be able to file their returns until midnight Tuesday without penalty, Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said.

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POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013, 1:01 PM

A controversial bill to restrict abortion coverage in health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act is moving through the state legislature.

A Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Don White (R., Armstrong), would prohibit insurance plans offered under the federally mandated exchange programs from cover abortions except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened or in cases of rape or incest.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:51 PM

Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) unveiled legislation today that would expand background checks in Pennsylvania to include sales of long guns through private sales.

Santarsiero, who announced HB 1010 in a press conference held at the same time a bipartisan background check deal was reached in the U.S. Senate, said it is time to close Pennsylvania's loophole that allows people to buy long guns - including assault weapons - from unlicensed dealers without a background check.

Under federal law any licensed gun dealer must perform a background check for any type of firearms purchase. The Pennsylvania law goes further requiring anyone selling handguns perform background checks, but it exempts long gun sales.

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POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:36 PM

Twenty-three cents won't even buy you 15 minutes at a parking meter these days.

But it's a significant number for women in Pennsylvania. A new study released today found that on average Pennsylvania woman make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a state-by-state analysis of the gender wage gap in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to mark Equal Pay Day — the day when the typical woman’s earnings catch up to her male counterpart's earnings from 2012.

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POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 3:06 PM

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is trying a novel route on Medicaid expansion in the hopes of winning over the Affordable Care Act's critics in his GOP-led legislature..

He wants to offer coverage through private companies - in other words, privatize Medicaid.

Gov. Corbett, after meeting with Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sibelius last week, indicated he might take a similar path for Pennsylvania.

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