WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 65; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 63; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 65.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Inquirer has the details on all 55 candidates running for Philadelphia City Council in this year’s primary.

* The Philadelphia Activities Fund is a city-run nonprofit that receives some $2 million annually from Philadelphia taxpayers via the Parks & Recreation Department for City Council members to dole out as they see fit – with virtually no oversight, the Inquirer reports.

* In the four weeks since Pennsylvania announced it would be free to apply for pardons, the number of ex-offenders asking the state to forgive their crimes has nearly doubled, data from the lieutenant governor’s office shows, the Capital-Star reports.

* Incumbents and challengers for Philadelphia City Council tell the Inquirer what their first proposed bill would be if they win their party nomination.

* Billy Penn has an essential primer on what councilmanic privilege is – and why it matters so much in Philadelphia’s upcoming City Council races.

* Philadelphia is launching a first-of-its-kind sanitation pilot effort that will seek to clean up six particularly trash-strewn sections of the city, WHYY reports.

* U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is sponsoring legislation to expand the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience program, which allows people with disabilities to open tax-advantaged savings accounts to cover education, job training, and other costs from age 26 to 46, the Patriot-News writes.

* Community based health-service programs can be “easily manipulated to facilitate fraud” because they lack the supervision, training, and oversight that exist in traditional residential health care facilities, according to a report by AG Josh Shapiro’s office, the AP writes.

* Advocates for Pennsylvania’s influential natural gas and coal industries laid into the nuclear industry during a Monday hearing on Pennsylvania’s proposed nuclear deal that would treat the industry’s five plants like solar, wind, and other alternative energy producers, the Capital-Star writes.

* US Sen. Bernie Sanders took his 2020 presidential campaign to Bethlehem, where he took part in a town hall hosted by Fox News, the Morning Call reports.

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Patriot-News applauds the growing number of police departments in the state using the Lethality Assistance Program to reduce the number of deaths resulting from domestic violence.

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will address the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 97th Annual Educational Conference to outline how Restore Pennsylvania will address townships’ needs through funding vital, local infrastructural projects. Hershey Lodge, Chocolate Ballroom, 325 University Drive, Hershey.

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

9:30 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 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

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

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

10 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, and Pre-K for PA will host preschool classes from across the commonwealth in an annual Easter Egg Event to highlight the importance and the impact of Pennsylvania’s investment in early childhood education. Governor’s Residence, 2035 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.

10:10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First Korean Congress. Council Caucus Room, Room 401, Philadelphia.

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

11 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will attend the opening of One Ardmore Place. 35 Cricket Ave., Ardmore.

11:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to launch the mechanical street cleaning pilot program in one of the six selected neighborhoods. The intersection of 57th Street & Greenway Avenue, Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will visit the students of St. Gabriel School and read a story to a kindergarten class. 2917 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia.

1:45 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf will join in a special announcement with Major League Baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies. Corner of 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join a panel discussion, hosted by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), on the successful legal defense of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax and the benefits it brings to the City of Philadelphia and its residents. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street (Skyline Room), Philadelphia.

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

KICKER: “Clearing up these old offenses changes people’s lives and helps them reach their full potential in employment, housing, and beyond.” – Christina Kauffman, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s spokesperson elaborates on the dramatic increase in Pennsylvanians applying for pardons. From the Capital-Star.

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