executive rowThe 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.

Civics 101: Tour of the Governor's Residence
Civics 101: Gov. Mark Schweiker
Civics 101: Gov. Ed Rendell
Civics 101: Gov. Tom Wolf
Civics 101: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

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legislative rowPennsylvania'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.

Civics 101: Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Minority Appropriations Chair
Civics 101: Sen. Jake Corman, R-Majority Leader
Civics 101: Sen. Jay Costa, D-Minority Leader
Civics 101: Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Majority Leader
Civics 101: Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Minority Leader
Civics 101: Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Minority Appropriations Chair
Civics 101: Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-President Pro Tempore
Civics 101: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Civics 101: PCN Tours the Capitol

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

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

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elections rowPennsylvanians 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: Citizenship Challenge in Philadelphia
Civics 101: Citizenship Challenge in Pittsburgh
Civics 101: How to be a Poll Worker in Pennsylvania
Civics 101: How to Volunteer for a Campaign
Civics 101: Why is it Important to Vote?
How to Run for Office

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

Civics 101: The Role of the Media in Government

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

 Continuing Education
Constitution 101, National Constitution Center
How Government Works
Judicial Independence, Widener University
Voting in America
Why Courts Matter, NAACP

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more rowMore Civics 101 includes a broader look at civics and civic engagement, aimed at the student level.

 More Civics 101
Civics 101: Local Governments - Boroughs

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