executive row

The Governor serves as the Executive of Pennsylvania. He or she is responsible for approving or vetoing laws passed by the General Assembly, subject to a two-thirds override.

Gov. Ed Rendell
Gov. Mark Schweiker

legislative row

Pennsylvania's General Assembly consists of two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The main task of these two bodies is to make laws.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
PCN Tours the Capitol

judicial row

Pennsylvania's judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the state Constitution, and deciding cases.

Civics 101: Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, PA Supreme Court
Civics 101: Jury Duty
Civics 101: Lower Courts
Judge Marjorie Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals. Third Circuit

elections row

Pennsylvanians are called to vote as part of their civic duty in a democratic government. To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be 18 years of age and a resident of the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Civics 101: How to Volunteer for a Campaign
Civics 101: How to be a Poll Worker in Pennsylvania
How to Run for Office

media row

The Media are responsible for covering events and reporting information to the public through various means, including print, electronic, and digital channels.

The Role of the Media in Government

cont_edu rowContinuing Education

This section includes panels and forums centered on topics of interest to adults. Themes include voting, judicial independence, and the Constitution.

Constitution 101, National Constitution Center
How Government Works
Judicial Independence, Widener University
Voting in America
Why Courts Matter, NAACP
The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

For additional resources of Civics education please see: The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement
The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

Civics 101 was created with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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