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June 20th Playbook

An open primary bill advances out of the state Senate Government Committee, while Democrats convene tonight to select a candidate for the upcoming special election in HD85. Here is the Playbook.

Open Primary Bill Advances Out of Senate Government Committee: Nine of the eleven Senators on the committee voted to push forward this piece of legislation along with other election reform bills.

Dems To Select Candidate for HD85: Tonight the PA Democratic Party, along with the Snyder and Union County Democratic Committees, will nominate a candidate to run in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder). The four candidates vying for the nomination are Bonnie Hamilton, David Heayn, Jennifer Rager-Kay, and Adam Rosinski.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: GOP hopes to force Wolf to gut General Assistance by tangling it with medical funding
AP: Pennsylvania moves to expand limits on opioid prescriptions
AP: Senate vote puts victims’ rights amendment before voters
AP: Wireless carriers’ 5G legislation stalls in Pennsylvania
AP: Divided House votes to end $54M cash welfare program
AP: Pennsylvania enshrines recognition of Juneteenth into law
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House votes to eliminate cash assistance for adults with disabilities, addiction
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Cracking the Code: These budget bills are where the deals get made
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Moo-ve over skim milk: These lawmakers are udderly serious about bringing back whole milk
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Reps. Dwight Evans, Madeleine Dean are backing U.S. House effort to study slavery reparations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A proposal to change Pa.’s teacher evaluation system is moving forward — without support from Philly’s union
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate panel advances bill to beef up ban on snow-topped cars
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Affordable housing bill unanimously clears key Senate committee hurdle
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale launches audit of State Police’s instant background check system for gun purchases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Juneteenth is American history,’ supporters say, as Pa. becomes 2nd U.S. state to make it a holiday
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate approves York Co. lawmaker’s bill expanding access to opioid anti-overdose drugs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Crime victims proposal Marsy’s Law now on its way to Pennsylvania voters
PLSReporter: House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens
PLSReporter: Wolf signs Helm’s bill designating June 19th as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day”
PLSReporter: PGCB announces May sports betting numbers
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Senate passes Marsy’s Law, advocates rejoice
PLSReporter: House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency
Inquirer: Small business group alarmed over proposed overdue tax raid on bank accounts
Inquirer: Since #MeToo, colleges crack down on romantic relationships between professors and students
Inquirer: Who decides whether charter schools open in Pa.? Not just your local school district.
StateImpactPA: Trump ditches Obama’s signature climate policy aimed at cutting coal emissions
Philadelphia Tribune: Gov. Wolf signs law making Juneteenth official state holiday
PhillyVoice: More Pennsylvanians struggle with finances than just those below the poverty line, study shows
PA Post: Technical parole violations cost Pa. about $100 million a year, report finds

Billy Penn: Can rec centers be business incubators? $300,000 Knight grant could make it happen
KYW Newsradio: After weekend of violence, Krasner defends approach to criminal justice
Inquirer: Philadelphia Police Department takes 72 officers off street amid probe into controversial Facebook posts
Inquirer: VisionQuest, under fire in Philly, explores moving migrant youth center to Norristown
Inquirer: Six Philadelphia real estate projects awarded historic tax credits by state agency
PlanPhilly: Philadelphia to see dockless bike rentals as soon as this fall
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia honors trailblazing female boxing judge Lynne Carter

Daily Local News: Senate advances bipartisan pipeline bills
Daily Local News: Sen. Muth calls for 100% renewable energy for Pennsylvania  
Daily Local News: Rep. Sappey bill to fight red tape for municipalities
Montgomery Media: Lansdale council thanks retired state Rep. Bob Godshall
Inquirer: Trump supporter at reelection rally in Philly’s blue suburbs: ‘There is a silent majority here.’
Delco Daily Times: GOP Delco council hopefuls outline new proposals
Bucks County Courier Times: Federal lawmakers seek increased funds for public lands program
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown to host inaugural pride festival this weekend

KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto: ‘We Welcome All Refugees And Immigrants’ Despite Alleged Refugee Terror Plot
KDKA: Does Fracking Cause Childhood Cancer? Activists Urge Gov. Wolf To Find Out  
WESA: Allegheny County Council Names Plum Attorney To Interim Post
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto supports ballot initiative for taxpayer-funded parks trust fund
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board approves plan to hire teachers from teaching magnet program
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf wants more data about how gas drilling impacts citizens’ health
Tribune Review: KKK flag photo prompts calls for Sewickley Township supervisor’s resignation
Pittsburgh Business Times: Bolt manufacturer expanding in Allegheny County, adding jobs
City Paper: Pro-immigrant groups advocate for drivers’ licenses and in-state college tuition for non-citizens

Beaver County Times: Senate committee passes Vogel’s election law board bill
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb backs bill adding cyber training to JROTC program
Beaver County Times: Beaver County not horsing around with equines at Bradys Run
Tribune Review: Driller makes its case for first fracking well in Murrysville
Observer-Reporter: Clairton coke works resumes operation following fire
Observer-Reporter: Calls for more research, drilling concerns at front of minds during community meeting
Altoona Mirror: Union rallies against VA proposal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State Senate passes slate of opioid-fighting bills

Times-Tribune: U.S. Attorney mum on Courtright probe
Times-Tribune: Cartwright touts legislation to speed up mine land reclamation funding
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District gets more time for recovery plan
Citizens Voice: Report: City saved more than $3.1M from energy project
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers promoting bill to speed up funding to reclaim mine land
Citizens Voice: Pedri: No county-wide reassessment needed
Citizens Voice: County finds computer workaround to allow real estate transactions

South Central  
York Daily Record: Closing TMI: How to secure the infamous nuclear power site and why it may take 60 years
Patriot News: Voters to decide whether to add victims’ rights to Pa. constitution: ’We are sending a clear message that victims matter’
Patriot News: Former Wolf chief of staff, campaign aide confirmed to Pa. Liquor Control Board
Patriot News: Pa.’s gun background check system to be examined by state auditor general
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city staff, McCaskey student to plan anti-violence event for youth after recent homicides
Lehigh Valley    
AP: MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle
Morning Call: Allentown City Council makes solicitor position full time, promotes assistant solicitor
Morning Call: Gerrymandering breeds ‘a loss of faith,’ Thornburgh says
Morning Call: With an eye toward the future, South Whitehall begins updating comprehensive plan
Reading Eagle: Leesport mayor honored for military service

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council approves expanded LERTA
Erie Times-News: Consultant: Erie’s projected deficits a ‘3-headed dragon’
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Water authority officials on City Council agenda
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council considers landscape architect for reappointment

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: There’s still time: Romoff can yet rescue health care — and his legacy
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Abandoning the Ohio: Cowardly ORSANCO vote imperils the river’s health
Dwight Evans: Pensions are facing a crisis. We have a plan to stop it
Bernie O’Neill: Pa.’s charter school package doesn’t count as real reform
John L. Micek: Progressive in Trump Country: Pa’s Cartwright sticks to his guns | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Rob Altenburg: Adequate funding, not ‘regulatory reform’ is the key to an effective DEP
David L. Cohen, Robert C. Heim and Leslie Anne Miller: Now more than ever Philly needs a one-stop shop for legal services
Dan Simpson: Trump struggles with the smallest problems
Terry Madonna and Michael Young: Who’s going to win the Democratic debates? That’s … debatable
Brian O’Neill: The cranes are rising all over Pittsburgh
Joseph N. DiStefano: Farmer: ICE having a chilling effect on Pa. mushroom farm
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia’s easy-to-understand, anti-violence program
Lt. Col Keith D. Bryant: Half of young Americans say they don’t know much about the U.S. Army. That has to change
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez: Tom and Lorenzo, famed Philly bloggers, rank the best and worst of Pride products

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