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Voter Registration Access is Expanded, Thanks to Governor Wolf’s Executive Order

By Paul Fedore / September 16, 2022
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On September 7th, Governor Wolf signed Executive Order 2022-03. This order designates September as Voter Registration Month, and is also an expansion of voter registration opportunities. The order designates seven existing government entities as Voter Registration Distribution Agencies (VRDA). These agencies will be required to provide voter registration literature and services to eligible Pennsylvanians. Following […]

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Legislative Consideration in PA: What Happens in Each Phase?

By Nina Victoria / September 7, 2022
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Pennsylvania’s Constitution requires that every bill be considered three different times in the House of Representatives and the Senate. PA. CONST. art. III, § 4. Every time that a bill is considered, it is given a different status. When introduced, the bill is under “first consideration,” next it is under “second consideration,” and finally it […]

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How to Better Your Community with Mutual Aid

By Saint McClendon / August 31, 2022
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The term mutual aid has popped up more within the last two years, yet it has been around for quite some time. Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of mutual aid projects have created a space where people in communities can access necessities including food, clothes, personal protective equipment, shelter, and other needs.

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State Senator aims to increase permissions for poll watchers, penalties for refusal to comply

By Paul Fedore / July 29, 2022
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Last year in April, Senate Bill (“SB”) 573, also known as the Poll Watcher Empowerment Act, was introduced by Senator Doug Mastriano. The State Senate passed this bill after sitting on it for over a year. The House, however, didn’t waste any time on this bill. On June 29th, they voted to send this legislation […]

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