WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 78; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 80; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 81.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Faced with a smorgasbord of potential electoral reforms at an informal meeting Monday, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers gravitated toward expanding Pennsylvania’s restrictive and archaic absentee ballot rules, the Capital-Star writes.

* Former Vice President Joe Biden will join U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and five other Democratic candidates for president in a Philadelphia labor forum Tuesday afternoon, the Inquirer reports.

* The Capital-Star has a primer on Pennsylvania gun laws – and the growing battle over expanding those laws.

* The Philadelphia police union is planning to sue the city over problems with a new payroll software system that has led to widespread complaints from municipal employees about incorrect paychecks, vacation accruals, and tax deductions, the union announced Monday, the Inquirer writes.

* A federal judge has temporarily halted the sale of Hahnemann University Hospital’s residency programs. The move puts into limbo the Philadelphia hospital owners’ hopes for an infusion of funds to satisfy creditors and maintain minimal operations as the institution winds down, WHYY reports.

* Activists are decrying the Wolf administration’s decision to limit the size of rallies held in the Capitol, WITF reports.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizens’ Voice lauds PA AG Josh Shapiro for leading the way against Purdue Pharma by filing a new lawsuit against the opioid-maker after its controversial settlement with as many as 2,000 state and local governments – a settlement that Shapiro found woefully inadequate.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Superior Court Judge Paula Francisco Ott … Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke … 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:

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

11 a.m. - the PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Law & Justice Committee will meet. Grace Winery, 50 Sweetwater Rd., Glen Mills.

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

1 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join members of the Plumbing Advisory Board and other officials at a ceremonial bill signing for Philadelphia's new plumbing and fire codes. Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the Census Champion Training, which is designed to prepare residents with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively and accurately answer questions about the 2020 Census. Innovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.

3:30 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Adjutant General Maj. General Tony Carrelli will recap the governor’s trip to Lithuania and Poland, where he visited with PA National Guard troops, discussed business development opportunities with country leaders, and honored the 11 victims of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting at two memorial sites. Governor’s Reception Room, Harrisburg.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Office of Violence Prevention and The Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network at a ceremony to honor five young activists who promote peace in their local communities through anti-violence programs and initiatives. This event is a part of Peace Week in Philadelphia. Lehigh Pavilion, 2700 N. 17th St., Suite 200, Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m - Governor Tom Wolf will join the newly formed America250PA Commission in a swearing-in ceremony for its members and remark on Pennsylvania’s role in founding the nation. Governor’s Residence, 2035 N Front St, Harrisburg.

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


KICKER: “Who wants to be in the uncomfortable position of saying someone’s vote doesn’t count because the post office didn’t get the ballot there soon enough?” – Ray Murphy, president of the state electoral reform advocacy group Keystone Votes. From the Capital-Star.