Marsy’s Law votes won’t be counted, Pa. Supreme Court rules in split opinion

Natasha Lindstrom | Monday, November 4, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvanians still have the right to cast a vote Tuesday on the proposed Marsy’s Law related to victim rights — but officials won’t be counting and sharing the results of votes on that particular measure, the state’s highest court affirmed in a split ruling Monday.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on a 4-3 split, denied an emergency petition seeking to overturn last week’s decision by a Commonwealth Court judge to bar officials from certifying votes on the controversial, multimillion-dollar backed referendum.

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UPMC-Highmark split to take center stage in state Supreme Court showdown

Natasha Lindstrom | Monday, May 13, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro balked at claims that his legal fight against UPMC is a ploy for political clout under the guise of acting in the public interest.

“This has nothing to do with my career, and everything to do with the good people of Western Pennsylvania who deserve to have access to health care at these health care institutions, which are nonprofits,” Shapiro said. “I’ve made it very clear that UPMC is not following the law.”

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Supreme Court ruling means bigger paychecks for some public sector employees

Jan Murphy | Monday, July 2, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

State government employees who are not union members will begin to see some extra money in their paychecks as soon as this week that is in addition to the contractually provided 2.5 percent raises some are getting.

The governor’s Office of Administration and State System of Higher Education confirmed on Friday that they stopped the automatic deduction of “fair share” fees from employee pay as of close of business last Tuesday.

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Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

Jessica Gresko | Monday, May 14, 2018, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

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State Supreme Court rules Pennsylvania congressional map is illegal

Jonathan Lai | Monday, January 22, 2018, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state constitution and blocked its use from the May 2018 primaries.

A group of Democratic voters had brought the challenge, saying the 18 U.S. House of Representatives districts were drawn as an unconstitutional gerrymander that discriminates against Democrats.

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Pa. high court fast tracks gerrymandering case

Maddie Hanna and Jonathan Lai | Thursday, November 9, 2017, The Philadelphia Inquirer

In a case that could force the redrawing of congressional maps before the 2018 elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Commonwealth Court to decide a gerrymandering lawsuit by the end of the year.

“We will have our day in court, and we will get a decision and a resolution of this matter in time for the 2018 election,” said Mimi McKenzie, legal director of the Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center, which represents the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in the case.

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