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June 5th Playbook

Legislation that would move the online health insurance exchange from the federal government to the state has support from both sides of the aisle. Here is the Playbook.

Tomlinson To Introduce Legislation Addressing Skill Games: Those who oppose the skill games cite statistics that show it’ll take away funds from the state lottery that funds programs for seniors, while those in favor, including former Congressman Tom Marino, cite a poll that says the two can coexist.

Roll Call: Fitzpatrick Among Biggest Shifts in Party Unity Score: The Bucks County Congressman is tied for the third biggest shift in voting away from his party in comparison to his previous term in Congress.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: Some Pa. Republicans want to tie future lawmakers’ hands to limit spending
AP: Pennsylvania moves to take over health insurance exchange
AP: Fred Keller sworn into House of Representatives
AP: Casinos ask court to immediately halt some lottery games
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Butler County’s Marci Mustello sworn in to state House, expanding historic caucus of female lawmakers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican Fred Keller is Pa.’s newest member of Congress
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: This Butler County Democrat lost a House election. But does his race hold a lesson for red district underdogs?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa’s rural broadband problem is bigger than anyone thought
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bill providing subsidies to families with older foster children is headed to the Senate floor
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Compulsory sexual harassment NDAs would be banned under advancing state House bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: $50 gift cards at center of press release sparring over Capitol minimum wage rally
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Advocates call for passage of two Senate bills to increase affordable housing funding
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence plans two central Pa. stops this week
Patriot News: Pa. considers bill to get children to start their school years earlier and stay longer
Patriot News: Lawmaker calls for censure of Philadelphia Democrat for bring ‘shame’ to Pa. House
Patriot News: Is 2019 the year Pa. raises its minimum wage? The ‘good economy’ might make that possible
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers look to change laws to spur voter participation; ‘It is time for voting reform’
Inquirer: Big marijuana firms are ‘rolling up’ local dispensaries and growers, skirting Pennsylvania’s laws
Inquirer: Anti-union groups are targeting home-care workers nationally, but labor in Pa. has already scored a win
Inquirer: Windfall? How Fine Wine & Good Spirits paid Harrisburg $85 million more from alcohol sales
Inquirer: New data on drug-dependent newborns in Pennsylvania may – or may not – be cause for hope
Inquirer: Pa. charter-school students lag in math, with cyber results ‘overwhelmingly negative,’ study says
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf calls on drug makers to end opioid epidemic
Daily Local News: Toomey: Tariffs against Mexico could crush U.S. economy
KDKA: Sens. Casey And Toomey Issue Report Revealing Hundreds Of Troubled Nursing Homes
WHYY Newsworks: Report: FCC overstates broadband availability in Pa., FCC disagrees
StateImpactPA: Court document reveals Range Resources, other defendants agreed to $3 million settlement in Washington County contamination suit
PLSReporter: Fetterman joins advocates to push for upping minimum wage in this year’s budget
PLSReporter: Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards
PLSReporter: House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform
PLSReporter: Sen. Hughes proposes funding school repairs with surplus
PLSReporter: House committee OKs E-Verify requirements
Pottstown Mercury: State Police remind pet owners of ‘hot car’ bill
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voting reform proposals swirling at state Capitol
Morning Call: Sen. Pat Toomey, a critic of President Trump’s tariffs, hopes those targeting Mexico can be avoided

WHYY Newsworks: $2.73 million later, Philly realizes street sweepers are too wide for city’s narrow blocks
WHYY Newsworks: Philly real estate community reacts warily to school district planning process
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s Immigrant Heritage Month begins with new sculpture at LOVE Park
KYW Newsradio: Ross says Philly cops’ offensive Facebook comments erode public trust
KYW Newsradio: A forum brings Philly’s LGBTQ leaders, community together
KYW Newsradio: City Council bill targets human traffickers by holding hotel owners responsible
Inquirer: Philly finance chief defends commercial-property reassessment as $63 million appeal trial continues
Inquirer: #OccupyPHA encampment taken down by Philly police
Inquirer: Food program stepping up to save school lunches, food for low-income people
Inquirer: Meek Mill gets a new hearing
Inquirer: 11 of nation’s most troubled nursing homes are in Philadelphia region, newly published list shows
Philadelphia Magazine: City to Step Up Ticketing of Bus-Lane Blockers Along Chestnut and Market Streets

Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Tommy Tomlinson proposes bill to stop illegal ‘skill games’
Daily Local News: Politics aside, Chesco perjury trial off until November
Daily Local News: More than $2 million in grants awarded to schools in Chester, Delaware counties
Daily Local News: Firearm law meeting set July 31 in Downingtown
Montgomery Media: Hatboro voters say ‘yes’ to referendum establishing a library tax
Inquirer: Voting-machine glitch hid true, landslide victory for Hatboro library, officials say

Post-Gazette: Feds may be taking another look at UPMC pre-payment policy
Post-Gazette: City Council: Grant for self-driving tech education must include community voices
Post-Gazette: Mayor Bill Peduto to honor CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods for halting gun sales
Post-Gazette: Vendors show off potential new voting machine systems with auditable paper trails
Post-Gazette: City to track more trash with 1,000 ‘smart’ garbage cans
Post-Gazette: U.S. Steel appeals May fine over Clairton Coke Works emissions
KDKA: New Voting Machines On Display For Voter Comments In Allegheny County
Tribune Review: 1 Allegheny vote changes Norwin election results again
Tribune Review: Former Derry mayor accused of pointing gun at kids in park wants charges dismissed

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Joyce taking part in D-Day delegation to France
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voting reform proposals swirling at state Capitol
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Berlin nursing home on list of troubled facilties
Observer-Reporter: Newly revealed documents show lawsuit over Amwell drilling site was settled for $3 million
Beaver County Times: Fair Districts PA meeting this Friday

The Times Leader: Luzerne County still recovering from cyber attack
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council takes first steps to ‘revive’ Public Library Authority
Times-Tribune: Casey, Toomey reveal long list of troubled nursing homes, including one in Scranton
Times-Tribune: Runoff, property tax appeal, more covered in marathon Scranton School Board meeting
Times-Tribune: PennDOT undergoing 83 projects in Lackawanna County for 2019 construction season

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Professional licenses for people with criminal records
Carlisle Sentinel: Four voting machine options under consideration in Cumberland County
York Dispatch: Phase II of York City public housing replacement project slated for 2020
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence plans two central Pa. stops this week
Patriot News: Harrisburg school solicitor asks for delay in state takeover court hearing
Patriot News: Harrisburg teachers’ questions at emergency meeting center around job security, leadership

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Fate of Allentown State Hospital is in lawmakers’ hands
Reading Eagle: Berks County farm income grew in 2017, even as the number of farms shrank
Patriot News: Some in this Pa. community don’t want a casino. Will it matter?
Morning Call: Whitehall commissioner calls for fellow commissioner to resign over ‘Timothy McVeigh was a veteran’ comment

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners move forward with an initiative to improve jail safety
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Residents voice concerns about chemical storage facility
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Republicans have fourth City Council candidate  
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners mull board for assessment appeals
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council considers block grant funds
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to take initial LERTA vote   

Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly street sweeping program hits a road bump
Inquirer Editorial Board: Are Camden and Philly homicides worth looking at as a single problem?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time to step up: U.S. Steel must do more for community health
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Expect the unexpected: Report shows many can’t handle $400 expense
John Baer: Meet the Pa. lawmaker who knows about student debt and wants to tackle it
John L. Micek: Rep. Summer Lee backed a bunch of primary winners. That’s a big deal. Here’s why | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Lisa Davis and Carol Lee Rawn: Clean car standards are good for Pennsylvania businesses and consumers
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: GOP Redistricting in black and white
Tony Norman: When an idol falls, does it make a sound?
Will Bunch: ‘When They See Us,’ racist Philly cops on Facebook, and the brutal toll of dehumanization
Anwar Curtis: At Harrisburg talent show, Capital City youth ‘shoot for their dreams’
Stu Bykofsky: Eureka! Philly discovers that enforcement works
Jenice Armstrong: It’s beautiful that Sephora is following Starbucks’ lead on pushing back against racial bias
Scott Martelle: New Hampshire’s death penalty repeal: Which states are next?
Simon F. Haeder: The struggle for coal miners’ health care and pension benefits continues
Paul Muschick: On Allentown State Hospital: Finally, a plan that makes sense
Ernie Pyle: D-Day 75th Anniversary: A pure miracle
Joseph N. DiStefano: Navy-Yard-based FS Investments reorganizes funds to cut expenses for investors

One Response

  1. Shifting the online medical insurance market from federal to State is a stupid idea. Did they never learn of economies of scale? What about people who move to another State? Why create another State bureaucracy?

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