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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.

img5729297326001Civics 101: Tour of the Governor's Residence
img5729297326001Civics 101: Gov. Mark Schweiker
img5729297326001Civics 101: Gov. Ed Rendell
img5729297326001Civics 101: Gov. Tom Wolf
img5729297326001Civics 101: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

To learn more about the Executive Branch, click here for Politics and Policy on PCN.

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.

img5728575445001Civics 101: Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Majority Leader
img5728575445001Civics 101: Sen. Jay Costa, D-Minority Leader
img5728575445001Civics 101: Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Minority Appropriations Chair
img5728575445001Civics 101: How a Bill Becomes a Law
img5728575445001Civics 101: PCN Tours the Capitol

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

img5729244912001Civics 101: Remote Court Arguments
img5729244912001Civics 101: Judge Marjorie Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals. Third Circuit
img5729244912001Civics 101: Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, PA Supreme Court
img5729244912001Civics 101: Jury Duty
img5729244912001Civics 101: Lower Courts

To learn more about the Judicial Branch, click here for PA Courts on PCN.

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.

img5728839761001How to Run for Office
img5728839761001Civics 101: Citizenship Challenge in Philadelphia
img5728839761001Civics 101: Citizenship Challenge in Pittsburgh
img5728839761001Civics 101: How to be a Poll Worker in Pennsylvania
img5728839761001Civics 101: How to Volunteer for a Campaign
img5728839761001Civics 101: Why is it Important to Vote?

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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.

img5743853038001Civics 101: The Role of the Media in Government

To learn more about the Media, click here for Journalists Roundtable on PCN.

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
img5728924805001PA State 2023 National Civics Bee 2023-06-15
img5728924805001Civics 101: State of Civics Education in PA
img5728924805001Constitution 101, National Constitution Center
img5728924805001How Government Works
img5728924805001Judicial Independence, Widener University
img5728924805001Voting in America
img5728924805001Why Courts Matter, NAACP

To learn more about Continuing Education, click here for the PCN homepage.

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

 More Civics 101
img1679356479080867593Civics 101: Civility in Politics
img1679356479080867593Civics 101: Local Governments - Boroughs

To learn more about More Civics 101, click here for the PCN homepage.