12/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

A breakdown of who crossed party lines on the vote on Senate Bill 3, Grove wins “Legislator of the Year” from ALEC, a new reader poll asking how parties should handle sexual misconduct vacancies, and Wolf announces he will not release the IG report on Stack.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

SB3: Who Crossed Party Lines: Senate Bill 3, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, passed the state House late last night with six Republicans and 11 Democrats voting against the party line.

Grove Wins National Legislator of the Year From ALEC: State Rep. Seth Grove was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national group that promotes limited government principles.

Reader Poll: How Should Parties Handle Sexual Misconduct Vacancies?: As elected officials at are outed for sexual harassment, some have called for women to be the candidates for the seats in the special elections to replace them. We want to know what you think.

Wolf Will Not “Pile On” By Releasing IG Report: Governor Tom Wolf said that he will not release the Inspector General’s report he ordered looking into Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack’s treatment of his protection detail and staff in the LG’s mansion.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Former Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser announced the endorsements from state Reps. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder), Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon), Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland), Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin), Dave Millard (R-Columbia).  “I’m honored to have the support of so many committed public officials from across the 11th Congressional District,” Meuser said.

State House Sound Bites: Senator swap in education committee likely to impact school choice vote
StateImpact: Study: Low birth weights linked to fracking sites
StateImpact: Federal regulators won’t reconsider approval of Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
City & State: As tax hike looms, Philly City Council ponders trimming tax abatement
Capitolwire: Gaming board sets auction schedule.
Capitolwire: UC funding bill heads to Gov. Wolf’s desk for his signature.

WHYY: Toomey center stage as debate begins on reconciling House, Senate tax plans
WHYY: Day 2 testimony in gerrymandering lawsuit delves deeper into making Pa.’s congressional map
WHYY: Debate over ‘wasted’ votes dominates third day of state redistricting trial
WHYY: Philadelphia DROP program cost $237 million, study finds
Inquirer: This Pennsylvania town has the worst commute in the country
Inquirer: AG Shapiro blasts FCC fake public comments, seeks delay of net neutrality vote
Philly Mag: Philly Doesn’t Want to Tell You What It Promised Amazon for HQ2
Philly Mag: The PPA Just Screwed Us All Again With MeterUp Parking App Relaunch

Delco Times: East Goshen pushes for pipeline changes
Delco Times: Meehan calls for pipeline risk assessment study
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County budget passes, salary hikes possible
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Trump campaign manager speaks at Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Courier Times: Environmental groups ding DRBC on public input for gas drilling
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill to create voluntary regulations for recovery houses heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk

Post-Gazette: Pa. House approves measure requiring registration for drug recovery houses
Post-Gazette: Majority of state Senate Democrats endorse Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, who has faced controversy
Post-Gazette: Pa. bill to OK electronic monitoring in PFA cases advances in wake of Pitt student’s slaying
Post-Gazette: Event to rally South Pittsburgh against opioid epidemic
Post-Gazette: Sex offender bill moves forward in Pennsylvania House
Post-Gazette: Tom Ridge returns home as he recovers from heart attack
Post-Gazette: This Amazon thing? It’s been good for Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald says
Tribune Review: Recovering substance abusers to get new support under Pennsylvania law
Tribune Review: State launches education grants for pre-school workers
Tribune Review: Darlene Harris denies deleting critical Facebook comments, demands ACLU apologize
Tribune Review: Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, other Western Pa. Dems endorse Lt. Gov. Mike Stack

Beaver County Times: Bill stopping political deductions from government paychecks fails in state House
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners discuss final changes to 2018 budget
Beaver County Times: Beaver County GOP’s House members back abortion bill, Democrat Matzie votes against it
Altoona Mirror: State government ends year with flurry of votes

Times Leader: New courthouse filing system helps lawyers, but hinders media and public
Times Leader: Dorrance Township rejects mini-casinos, approves budget with no tax hike
Times Leader: Months-old Luzerne County ethics complaint still in envelope
Times-Tribune: Third state legislator objects to Haggerty absence
Times-Tribune: Longtime Lackawanna County tax claim director resigns

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf refuses to release report on lieutenant governor
WITF: Wolf joins 11 other governors urging funding for CHIP
Patriot News: Unemployment compensation funding bill’s passage ensures no layoffs at L&I this Christmas
Patriot News: Pa. abortion bill sponsor asks Gov. Tom Wolf for public forum on proposed new restrictions
Patriot News: #MeToo at Pa. Capitol? Not yet, but stay tuned
Patriot News: ‘Anytime you’re in October talking about the budget, that’s not a good year’: Pa. legislature exits 2017
Patriot News: Casey calls for Trump to resign amid sexual assault allegations
Patriot News: Casino owners to get first shot to bid on new mini-licenses
LNP: Mount Joy residents hear plans for secure, $8M medical marijuana plant
LNP: 9 candidates seek to fill upcoming city treasurer vacancy
LNP: Lancaster County family joins President Trump for White House speech on tax bill
LNP: 2 Lancaster County legislators voted against reauthorizing CHIP; state bill passed anyway
WHTM: Senators endorse embattled Lt. Gov. Stack for re-election

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lancaster County family joins Trump for tax speech as final bill appears close
Morning Call: Lawmaker calls for Wolf to release report about Lt. Gov. Stack’s treatment of state workers
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmaker’s elder abuse bill clears House
WFMZ: Pa. Senate passes bill to rename I-176 in Berks for veterans

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Toomey: Tax bill could be finished next week
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Laughlin leaves education panel, changing contour of school choice vote
Sun-Gazette: State officials visit LHU, talk jobs, internet, transporation

Patriot News: Gov. Wolf should release Inspector General’s report on Lt. Gov. Mike Stack | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Stacks under wraps: No reason to withhold report on Lt. Gov. Mike Stack
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Harrisburg needs gift ban with teeth
City & State: Philly City Council bill creates life-or-death crisis for proprietors
Inquirer: From my inbox to the PA abortion bill: Where are the women?
Inquirer: Bulletproof glass bill: license to be killed? | Opinion
Inquirer: DROP is not the only program Philly should kill | Editorial
Inquirer: Fattah’s days of money for nothing may be ending | Stu Bykofsky

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