WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 52; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 52; Pittsburgh: a.m. showers, high of 46.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, the West Philadelphia Democrat who’s been charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from a nonprofit she ran, will leave the state House late next week. In a resignation letter sent to House Speaker Mike Turzai’s office Thursday, Johnson-Harrell said she would step down on Dec. 13, the Capital-Star reports.
* After Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney threatened to block pending legislation to curtail the city’s controversial 10-year tax abatement Thursday, City Council changed the bill. Council President Darrell L. Clarke framed the move, which would delay the date that the legislation takes effect, as a compromise with the mayor and developers, who said that changing the abatement in July could derail construction projects already underway, the Inquirer reports.
* One of the General Assembly’s most vocal climate change skeptics has been tapped to review state plans to combat rising global temperatures. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the Butler County Republican who chairs the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, was appointed to the state’s Climate Change Advisory Council on Thursday, according to House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler’s office, the Capital-Star writes.
* Philadelphia City Council reached a compromise Thursday on enacting a plastic bag ban at all retail locations in the city. The ban, which would take effect in July, was one of several bills amended by Council in its second-to-last meeting before its session ends this month. A final vote is expected next week, the Inquirer reports.
* Comcast Corp. executive David L. Cohen, who helped transform the Philadelphia cable company into an international media giant with vast political influence, will step away from his operational roles at the company, the Inquirer writes.
* Philadelphia landlords will be on the hook to pay the full cost of bedbug remediation, if an infestation is discovered within the first year of a lease, under a bill amended Thursday by City Council, WHYY reports.
* Emotions ran high at times as Pittsburgh City Council on Thursday held a post-agenda meeting on proposed legislation to acknowledge and address racial inequalities in the city, WESA writes.
* The Patriot-News previews the annual Pennsylvania Society weekend taking place in New York City.
* The Patriot-News’ John Baer explains why the Pennsylvania Society gala annual weekend revelry needs to come home from New York before he will attend again.
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KICKER: “It’s embarrassing for our mayor and city to freak out about tax subsidy reform while residents are being displaced and schools crumble.” – Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym. From the Inquirer.