5/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Rendell is asked to testify before the House Appropriations Committee, and gambling expansion faces a divided House.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

House Appropriations Committee Asks Rendell to Testify: House Appropriations Committee Chair Stan Saylor sent a letter to former Governor and DNC Host Committee Chair Ed Rendell asking for him to testify over the way the Host Committee spent the $4 million surplus.

State House Sound Bites: Gaming expansion faces division in the House: A bill to expand gambling and raise sorely-needed revenue is moving on to the House, after passing swiftly through the Senate this week.Gaming has been a sticky issue for the legislature for several sessions, and the latest bill is expected to face pushback from several factions of House lawmakers.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Bipartisan work underway on pensions, but bill likely won’t pay down debt
PLS Reporter: DePasquale discusses PSERS audit findings
PLS Reporter: Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing
Capitolwire: L&I close to finalizing contract to modernize PA’s UC delivery system
Capitolwire: A few current, former Parole Board members oppose merger

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Bill would make landlords give six months’ notice of major renovations
Inquirer: City Council moves to mandate fertility coverage for employees
WHYY: Philly councilman wants six-month minimum notice for evictions during rehabs
WHYY: Councilwoman wants Philly to cover IVF procedures for non-union workers
Philadelphia Magazine: Does Pa.’s AG Have the Solution to Our Opioid Epidemic?
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Groups Plan Toomey Town Hall – “With or Without” Toomey
Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. House Committee: Um, Ed, About That DNC Surplus …
Philadelphia Magazine: Good News Pennsylvanians: Looks Like You’ll Be Able to Keep Flying
Philly Voice: Groups organize town hall for Sen. Toomey, even though he can’t make it
Philadelphia Business Journal: House passes bill addressing military photo scandal
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. House committee calls on Rendell to testify about DNC bonuses
KYW: State House Appropriations Committee Investigating DNC Funds

SEPA
Bucks Local News: On House floor, Congressman remembers Lower Makefield mom who brought awareness to the dangers of power morcellators
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County state lawmakers lobby for natural gas extraction tax

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Paul Ryan: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline
Tribune Review: Former conservative radio host endorses Mango in governor’s race
Tribune Review: Trib journalists awarded 6 Golden Quills
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers propose state oversee PWSA; mayor not consulted
Post-Gazette: Refugee resettlement numbers down sharply in US
Post-Gazette: Public defender’s office warning against phone scam
Pittsburgh Business Journal: House passes bill addressing military photo scandal
Pittsburgh Business Journal: AHCA bill would leave 23 million more uninsured
KDKA: Governor Wolf Pitches Jobs And Reelection in Aliquippa

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf tours Versatex warehouse in Aliquippa Industrial Park
Beaver County Times: Beaver County approves agreements with municipalities for police response teams
Beaver County Times: Blackhawk write-in candidate gains spot on November ballot
Altoona Mirror: Pa. Senate expands gambling online
Altoona Mirror: Struggling committee looks to lawmakers for assistance
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Primary write-ins cement some Cambria races, shake up others
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. moves to comply with federal REAL ID law
Observer-Reporter: Democratic sheriff appears to have attained own party and GOP nominations

NEPA
Pocono Record: Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court
Pocono Record: Merger of Pa. prisons, parole agencies hits opposition in House
Citizens’ Voice: School board election results in after write-in votes tallied
Times Tribune: Scranton Sewer Authority rejects motion to seek state audit of sewer sale
Times-Tribune: Candidate knocks off Lakeland incumbent with write-ins
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre officials to plead case for storm cleanup funds with FEMA in DC

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Refugee arrivals in Pennsylvania drop by over 200 in first 5 months of 2017
York Dispatch: Property manager suing York Housing Authority
York Daily Record: What’s going on with Pa.’s Lt. Gov.?
Patriot News: Real ID in Pennsylvania: What you need to know
Patriot News: Are more people moving out of Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and Pittsburgh?
Patriot News: No way, Joe! Pa. Supreme Court nixes ex-Turnpike CEO’s bid for $300K rebate in pay-to-play scandal

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call:  Parkland looking at 1.89 percent tax hike
Morning Call: East Allen denies warehouse developer exception to height restriction
Morning Call: Rockefeller Group to get another chance at zoning change in East Allen
Morning Call: Pa. Senate gives green light to internet gaming
Reading Eagle: Four takeaways: The analysis of the GOP health care plan
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers react to CBO report on health care plan

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Gas industry, drug abuse among town hall topics
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Critics question commissioner’s ties to affiliate of bidding group
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Bike-friendly concepts OK’d by City Council

Opinion
Delco Daily Times: The Heron’s Nest: Dems shuffle County Council candidates; school taxes going up; moving to Seattle
Tribune Review: Updating Pa.’s liquor laws: A poor substitute
Post-Gazette: Medicaid and opioids: Sen. Toomey cannot shirk duty to those in need
Times-Tribune: Fair cost to get lead out
Times Leader: Speak out for HB39 and HB722
Tribune Review: Updating Pa.’s liquor laws: A poor substitute
Bucks County Courier Times: CBO report rips GOP health bill
Patriot News: This is the high cost of opioid addiction in Pittsburgh: Colin McNickle
Patriot News: Why we can’t look away from Donald Trump (and that’s what he wants): Nick Field
Daily News: In Trump’s America, that reporter body slam didn’t come out of nowhere
Daily News: Pennsylvania residents shouldn’t bear cost of propping up nuclear industry
Inquirer: Free advice to the president
Inquirer: Trump budget is yet another reason to question his sanity
Post-Gazette: Medicaid and opioids: Sen. Toomey cannot shirk duty to those in need

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