WEATHER: Philadelphia: rain/snow, high of 39; Harrisburg: rain/snow, high of 38; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 47.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Facing calls for his resignation, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, has confirmed that he introduced a Justice Department lawyer to former President Donald Trump, as Trump pushed ahead with abortive plans to fire his acting attorney general, the Capital-Star reports.
* The Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Monday abruptly ended its partnership with Philly Fighting COVID, a group overseeing the city’s largest coronavirus vaccination site, after it said the organization failed to disclose that the personal information residents entered into the group’s preregistration portal could be sold, the Inquirer reports.
* Contact tracing remains a challenge in Pennsylvania, officials said Monday. From Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, only 18% of the 46,708 covid cases reported had a case investigation started within 24 hours, according to the Department of Health. An additional 5% had a case investigation started within 48 hours, the Tribune-Review reports.
* In one of its first acts of the new legislative session, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday overwhelmingly approved a proposal that further advances efforts to overhaul the state child sex crimes law, PennLive reports.
* A special election to fill the 48th state senatorial district seat left vacant by the recent death of Sen. Dave Arnold will be held on May 18. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman signed the writ on Monday setting the date to coincide with the spring primary election to fill the seat representing all of Lebanon County as well as parts of Dauphin and York counties. The winner of the special election will serve out the unexpired portion of Arnold’s term, which runs through November 2022, PennLive reports.
* Even as coronavirus vaccinations roll out and there’s hope of ending the pandemic on the horizon, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney faces significant headwinds that could shape his second term – and his legacy, the Inquirer reports.
* PennLive profiles state Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, who is the first woman in Pennsylvania history to hold that title.
* The Capital-Star’s John Micek writes that for the good of the commonwealth and country, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry must resign after his central role in trying to overthrow the election.
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9 a.m. - the PA House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
9:30 a.m. - the PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. - the PA House Liquor Control Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.
10:30 a.m. - the PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
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KICKER: “We’re just a bunch of, like, college kids trying to help out and we’re getting kneecapped right now.” – Andrei Doroshin, Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO. From the Inquirer.