WEATHER: Philadelphia: rain, high of 68; Harrisburg: rain, high of 67; Pittsburgh: thunderstorms, high of 70.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The PA Senate is advancing legislation that backers say will help make health care more available through nurses, and less expensive by allowing certified nurse practitioners to practice independently of physicians, the Patriot-News reports.

* Two members of the state’s congressional delegation – Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle and Republican Rep. Mike Kelly – embody the partisan divide over health care, the Capital-Star writes.

* Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections, the AP writes.

* Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania, the AP reports.

* A package of four bills that addresses issues arising out of the state’s 22-year-old charter school law won passage in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday – but none of the bills address critical funding issues, the Patriot-News writes.

* The House Local Government Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment that intends to grant the General Assembly the authority to establish reasons for removal of a local government official and a removal procedure, the Patriot-News writes.

* A proposal is advancing in the PA Senate that would end mandatory annual emissions inspections for Pennsylvania vehicles that are less than 9 years old, the AP reports.

 

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Celebrate organized labor’s finest!

On June 20, the Philadelphia Public Record’s annual Salute to Labor will honor five of the region’s most influential union members. Celebrate with leaders from across the city at the Philadelphia Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd Street. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a premium open bar, extensive hors d’oeuvres and the awards ceremony for Lifetime Achiever, Rising Star, Organizer/Activist, Management Leader and Good Deeds.

Individual tickets are $40; groups of 10 can be purchased for $350. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizens’ Voice comes out strongly against the recent PA Supreme Court ruling upholding the state ban on “fusion voting,” where a candidate can appear on the ballot as representing two political parties.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … 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:

9 a.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg.

8:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney participate in the “Good Morning America” live broadcast at Eakins Oval. Eakins Oval, Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of governors from across the country to discuss workforce reforms, including Pennsylvania’s efforts to improve professional licensure and promote worker mobility. White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.

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

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a luncheon to congratulate this year's PAL scholars who will receive grants to support their post-secondary academic careers. The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

5:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate the Philadelphia Public Relations Association's 75th anniversary. 1635 Market Street, Suite 1600, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event hosted by Philadelphia Mural Arts to celebrate philanthropists, community activists, and artists who are working to help reform the criminal justice system. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street, Philadelphia.

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

 

KICKER: “Socialism, government takeover of health care. They haven’t gotten to death panels in this hearing at least, but that was one of the other phrases.” – Democratic U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle sums up his Republican colleagues’ mindset on expanding health care. From the Capital-Star.