Rallies in the Pa. Capitol Rotunda are in for a change with crowd size now limited

Jan Murphy | Monday, September 16, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Some changes are in store for the state Capitol Rotunda that will impact the size of rallies held there and the people trying to move around them.

Starting Monday, the state Department of General Services is instituting a policy that will limit the maximum occupancy for events that get scheduled on that date and thereafter for this popular gathering spot inside the Capitol to 450 people. That includes the attendees who stand on the marble staircase, on the floor as well as on the balconies above.

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Will Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-controlled General Assembly get along better?

Jan Murphy | Thursday, November 8, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

With the election now over, Gov. Tom Wolf can shift his focus to pushing a second-term agenda that heavily builds on accomplishments of his first four years with a new lieutenant governor at his side.

The Democratic incumbent indicated in his brief victory speech on Tuesday night to his supporters with his Cabinet members standing before him and Lt. Gov-elect John Fetterman beside him, that is exactly what he wants to do.

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Don’t laugh: the Pa. House could actually vote to shrink itself | OPINION

John L. Micek | Thursday, January 11, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

Pennsylvania’s, full-time 253-member General Assembly, where unenlightened self-interest often trumps common sense, is often (and justly) criticized for being wildly inefficient, depressingly corrupt and eye-wateringly expensive.

So it’s with no small amount of surprise I’m greeting the news that, after roughly 1.5 million years of trying by reformers, the state House and Senate might finally send a constitutional amendment reducing the size of the Legislature to the voters.

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