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Recent articles by Ford:

Wolf administration, GOP lawmaker fight war of words over undated mail ballots

Accusations of disinformation and chaos are swapped. → Read More

Pa. property tax relief mechanism eliminated in closed-door budget negotiations

One lawmaker says the Legislature should ashamed of itself. → Read More

Pa. lawmaker says election issues in Berks, Lehigh undermine state’s mail voting law

Rep. Seth Grove cites Berks’ mailing of incorrect Spanish-language voting instructions and a court decision in a Lehigh case. → Read More

Bill to keep transgender athletes out of girls’ sports clears Pa. Legislature; Gov. Wolf promises veto

Republican Sen. Doug Mastriano of Franklin County said those born male have bigger hands, feet, lungs and hearts than women, and when they transition to female the competition is not fair. → Read More

Pa. senator proposes temporary halt in gas and diesel fuel taxes

The proposal would cover lost state revenue by tapping into unspent federal COVID relief funds and allowing PennDOT to borrow more money to cover road projects. → Read More

Pa. House bill would give amusement parks more flexibility in selling alcohol

The measure passed 199-1, with only Rep. Mark Gillen of Robeson Township voting against it. → Read More

Record diesel prices are hurting farmers, Pa. lawmakers told

Fuel prices are pushing farmers to the brink and may affect food availability, a Pennsylvania Farm Bureau official says. → Read More

Pennsylvania gasoline prices hit new record Friday while diesel fuel prices also higher than ever

Average gasoline prices in Pennsylvania jumped to a new record high of $4.46 a gallon on Friday, up 5 cents from the previous day and 17 cents in a week. → Read More

Pennsylvania diesel fuel price spikes to a record $6 a gallon

The war in Ukraine and strong demand for diesel are cited as factors in the price. → Read More

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to reform cosmetology industry

Rep. Dawn Keefer says over-regulation is stifling the industry by requiring niche beauty professionals to take many hours of unnecessary courses and in the process incur a lot of student debt. → Read More

Pennsylvania senator proposes 2-month sales tax holiday

Democrats are willing to take a look or even voice support, while Republicans raised questions and doubts about the idea. → Read More

Argall rips Wolf administration for not attending election reform hearing

Officials representing counties tell of a need for funds to handle elections. → Read More

3 Chester County lawmakers want state approval for hospital deals

They plan to file a bill that would require Department of Health approval before hospitals or hospital systems could be purchased. → Read More

Proposal would use constitutional amendment to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania

According to testimony at a legislative hearing, 17 states have some level of government control, but only a handful — including Pennsylvania — control retail sales of liquor. → Read More

Collateral jailings in Berks fuel judge training

Berks County district judges will be given educational sessions following Reading Eagle articles on how those judges lead the state in cases of jaili → Read More

State commission leader says Berks County district judges violating U.S. Constitution

Large numbers of offenders are sent to jail for failing to post collateral. → Read More

Life of Purpose treatment centers, successor to scandal-ridden Liberation Way, collapses

The company files for bankruptcy and closes. → Read More

Florida prosecutor's office announces arrests tied to urine-testing lab used by Liberation Way

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently filed criminal charges against 11 people at the drug abuse treatment company that had centers in Montgomery County. → Read More

Berks Opioid Coalition introduces itself at anti-drug abuse conference

The group, which also calls itself SOS Berks, has more than 40 members. → Read More

Berks DA backs bill to boost sentences for fentanyl dealers

The measure, offered by a York County Republican senator, would set tougher guidelines. → Read More