WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 89; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 86; Pittsburgh, scattered thunderstorms, high of 84.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Former Gov. Ed Rendell revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease over three years ago, the Inquirer reports.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey asserted that the problem of family border separations had been “greatly exaggerated,” the Inquirer writes.

* The Patriot-News grabbed reactions from nearly every PA congressman to President Donald Trump’s new border policies.

* A Philadelphia Weekly investigation into sexual harassment in Philadelphia City Hall found that misconduct is almost never reported, rarely documented and virtually never punished.

* Gov. Tom Wolf hosted a fundraiser at Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney, a law firm that his administration is currently suing over its role in a trash incinerator scheme that helped bankrupt the city of Harrisburg, according to the AP.

* With support still unclear, the PA House will vote on a series of bills aimed at curbing gun access, according to the Morning Call.

* Despite critics calling it a stall tactic, the state House will vote to authorize two studies of sexual harassment that will purportedly inform future efforts to curb misconduct, the Patriot-News writes.

* State legislators pushed forward a bill aimed at lifting a court injunction that blocked the rollout of medical marijuana research in PA, according to the Patriot-News.

* The U.S. Supreme Court decision to pass on several gerrymandering lawsuits in other states will likely have little impact on a contentious redraw of congressional districts ordered by the PA Supreme Court, LancasterOnline reports.

* Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman says he dropped 150 pounds by cutting grains and sugar out of his diet, the Tribune-Review writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who pushes back hard against City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s damning report on the sorry state of the city’s fiscal oversight.

* The Inquirer opines that the current move by lawmakers to focus on harm reduction to combat the opioid crisis should also be applied to how they approach other issues facing their low-income constituents – specifically on payday lending and work requirements.

* The Dispatch thinks that Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to end professional licensing requirements for 13 types of jobs, including barbers, auctioneers and campground membership salespeople, should be a bipartisan no-brainer.

* The Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia 3.0’s Jon Geeting, who writes that Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee could learn something about reorganizing and choosing new leadership from its Allegheny County counterpart.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the PA House Urban Affairs Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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

9 a.m. - the PA House Children & Youth Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

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

9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will announce the members and goals of the newly formed Reconciliation Task Force. City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, Philadelphia.

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Local Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks congratulating Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia alumni award recipients. Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad St., Philadelphia.

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

10 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks to kick off the seventh summer season of Fun Safe Philly Summer. Reyburn Park, 2551 N. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Legislative Oversight Committee will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Wolf Administration cabinet will join community members to host its 22nd Cabinet in Your Community event, featuring Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith, Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PNC Room, Kovalchick Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana.

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

2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the official opening of public pools for the 2018 summer season. Lawncrest Pool, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Joint Committees on the Environment and Transportation & Public Utilities will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a scholarship award ceremony hosted by Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Ralph's Cafe at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “This is nuts...You’re just getting the tip of the iceberg, in terms of what actually went down.” - Former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad on records showing that the sexual harassment is almost never reported in Philadelphia City Hall. From Philadelphia Weekly.