WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 49; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 48; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 48.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* PA Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a first-year member of the Pennsylvania House, offered a prayer laden with such overtly political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber’s first Muslim woman, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, that claims of Islamophobia began immediately, the Capital-Star writes.

* Devon Cade, the Philadelphia City Council at-large candidate who collapsed in court Friday before a judge could hear the 30 legal challenges he had filed against competitors, has withdrawn all those cases – lawyers for about half of the candidates he challenged may ask the court to order him to pay their legal fees and other costs, the Inquirer reports.

* Legislation that would once again end the approximate $200-a-month general assistance cash benefit to the state’s poorest citizens won the approval of the GOP-controlled House Health Committee on Monday, the Patriot-News writes.

* The Pennsylvania Department of Education has promised to provide better oversight for its alternative education programs, after the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into complaints that the schools don’t provide the proper support for students with disabilities or who don’t speak English, the Post-Gazette writes.

* The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Monday ordered the emergency removal of all 64 students still remaining at the Glen Mills Schools after an investigation verified multiple instances of physical abuse at the hands of staff, the Daily Times reports.

* The Philly Voice profiles Philadelphia GOP mayoral candidate Billy Ciancaglini, who is the Charles Barkley of political quotes.

* A Pennsylvania grand jury investigation has ensnared 11 people for participating in a “highly sophisticated” health insurance scam that prosecutors say exploited patients in drug and alcohol treatment, including for opioid addictions, WHYY reports.

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This Thursday! Join the Public Record’s 1000th issue celebration!

On March 28th, The Philadelphia Public Record will publish its 1,000th issue and host a celebration of the landmark event!

The party will be held at Penn's Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Tickets include premium open bar and extensive hors d'oeuvres.

For tickets, click here.

For remaining sponsorship opportunities and ad rates, please contact Melissa Barrett, mbarrett@phillyrecord.com or 215-755-2000 x5.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizens’ Voice wishes state legislators would pay more attention to the common-sense analyses of the negative long-term impact of eliminating school property taxes, instead of just casually tossing around poorly thought-out proposals on the topic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the joint PA Senate and House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Room 418, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Commerce Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Local Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 140 Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will attend the viewing for Firefighter Michael Bernstein, who passed suddenly in the line of duty on March 20, 2019. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join legislative Democrats to announce legislatin to curb workplace harassment. Capitol Media Center, State Capitol, Room 01 East Wing, Harrisburg.

12:20 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this memorial service for Firefighter Michael Bernstein. St. Jerome Church, 8100 Colfax Street, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry John Norbeck and stakeholders will visit Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport to discuss how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help close a trail gap that would connect the park to the Susquehanna RiverWalk, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and the Lycoming Creek Bikeway. Susquehanna State Park parking lot, Arch St., Williamsport.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the burial ceremony for Firefighter Michael Bernstein. Resurrection Cemetery, 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this event where students connect with potential employers and participate in career-development workshops. South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad Street, Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

KICKER: “If he were a basketball coach who did a bad job for four years, he’d be fired. They’d need a breath of fresh air, exactly like a sports team. Jim Kenney is the city’s Chip Kelly.” – Billy Ciancaglini, the GOP candidate for Philadelphia mayor, proves he knows how to deliver a truly Philly soundbite. From the Philly Voice.

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