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My District: Is Home to the Liberty Bell

My District: Is Home to the Liberty Bell

“My District” gives NCSL members a chance to tell us about life in the places they represent, from the high-profile events to the fun facts only locals know. Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751, the Liberty Bell called legislators to session up until the...

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Structural reviews should be a local concern

Structural reviews should be a local concern

The tragedy that unfolded two weeks ago has led all of us to look inward with a simple question: Could what happened at Champlain Towers happen here? The answer is yes. The catastrophe in South Florida must be a lesson for us all. It must serve as a reminder that...

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Everything Is Illuminated Badly

Everything Is Illuminated Badly

In the first few minutes of Joe Versus the Volcano, the 1990 surrealist rom-com, Tom Hanks clocks in for his job at an artificial testicle company, housed in a bleak, factorylike building overrun with flickering, audibly buzzing fluorescent tube lights that cast a...

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Chauvin verdict reignites calls for police reform in Pa.

Chauvin verdict reignites calls for police reform in Pa.

From the U.S. Capitol to the halls of statehouses across the land, this week’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder case has reignited calls for police reform and for a new look at the way the United States conceives of law enforcement. And you can count...

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Why Schools Should Be the Center of a Green New Deal

Why Schools Should Be the Center of a Green New Deal

One of the main things Terriq Thompson remembers about Benjamin Franklin High School, where he graduated in 2019, is that it was hot. In particular, he remembers his first day of his senior year. It was an unusually warm September, and that day, it was 90 degrees...

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An Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Journey

When Nikil Saval won his primary election in 2020 against the establishment Philadelphia candidate Rep. Larry Farnese Jr he made history as the state’s first South Asian member of its legislature. But for him, the post and the history he made means little compared to...

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Pennsylvania DMVA continues recovery from COVID-19 challenges

Pennsylvania DMVA continues recovery from COVID-19 challenges

(The Center Square) – COVID-19 was the top topic of discussion at Tuesday’s General Assembly hearing with the Department of Military & Veteran Affairs. Acting Adjutant General Mark Schindler told legislators all six veterans’ homes have implemented safety measures per...

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