The state Constitution, the state ethics law and legislative rules say lawmakers should not vote on legislation that would confer a special benefit on them. But they’re allowed to vote on legislation generally affecting the fields or professions to which they may have financial ties.
There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests, and some cases raise potential conflict-of-interest issues. 
Tom Wolf will be sworn in as the state’s 47th governor outside the East Wing of the state Capitol at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Tom Wolf will be sworn in as the state’s 47th governor outside the East Wing of the state Capitol at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails between the state Supreme Court and the Office of Attorney General found no improprieties, other than already-reported pornographic messages sent by a justice who retired following his suspension from the court in October.
The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission is a key oversight body for state lawmakers and other public officials at the state and local levels of government.
If Pennsylvanians get to vote on a constitutional amendment that would add the General Assembly’s definition of what a “purely public charity” is, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants to make sure they have some numbers to consider.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers’ willingness to stop taking gifts from lobbyists, state contractors and other people who want to influence state government is about to be tested.
Do you know what your state legislator is doing when not writing or voting on laws? It’s more difficult to answer than it should be, so we’ll try to explain and illustrate the complexity of lawmakers and their outside interests. 
Last week’s Irwin council meeting highlighted a continued division among borough officials over whether to hire additional full-time police officers. Council, however, did unite to reject a $5.1 million budget proposal for 2015 and an accompanying 1.5-mill tax increase.
Pennsylvania state police said their Internet-based systems are back up and running.
Contending that he could restore respect and vision to the Allegheny County controller’s office, Mark Patrick Flaherty launched a bid Tuesday to oust his successor, Chelsa Wagner.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia district attorney on Tuesday charged two state representatives with bribery and other offenses in a case state Attorney General Kathleen Kane had rejected as too flawed to prosecute.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia district attorney on Tuesday charged two state representatives with bribery and other offenses in a case state Attorney General Kathleen Kane had rejected as too flawed to prosecute.
Affordable housing advocates who believe Pittsburgh’s development policies are pushing poor families — and especially poor black families — out of the city won a small victory Tuesday with support from the Pittsburgh Planning Commission.
Pittsburgh may not charge for evening street parking in Downtown or on the South Side any time soon.
Former Allegheny County Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty will officially launch a bid for his old office Tuesday as he announces that he will seek the Democratic nomination against his successor, Chelsa Wagner.
Mayor Bill Peduto is fond of saying that Pittsburgh is “a city that no longer is managing decline but one that is growing,” as he noted in his budget address to city council last month.
Lisa Metcalfe, daughter of the prominent conservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, has announced her candidacy for one of the Republican nominations for Butler County commissioner next year.
Dormont will not increase real estate taxes for 2015.
Residents and property owners in McKeesport will not see an increase in taxes for 2015. Council voted unanimously Dec. 3 to approve a $19.2 million 2015 budget. Council member Fawn Walker-Montgomery was absent.