WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 44; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 43; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 42.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* In the wake of the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue attack six weeks ago, PA Rep. Dan Frankel is seeking cosponsors for two bills that would make it easier for local governments to enact their own gun legislation, the Inquirer reports.
* After spending eight years developing an algorithm for making prison sentences fairer, state lawmakers are seeking to scrap the project, calling it racially biased and inaccurate, the Inquirer reports.
* The majority of PA’s congressional delegation voted in favor of the new farm bill, although US Sen. Pat Toomey voted against it after work requirements for SNAP were removed from the final bill, the Post-Gazette writes.
* With the Jan. 19 date for the third annual Women’s March fast approaching, the group putting on Philadelphia’s march is just as fractured as the national group has become, the Inquirer reports.
* Former US Sen. Rick Santorum preemptively took himself out of the running to become President Donald Trump’s next chief of staff, Politics PA writes.
* Gov. Tom Wolf is the focus of a holiday card-writing campaign urging him to repeal the Department of Corrections’ restrictive mail policy, WHYY writes.
* The PA Supreme Court ruled that a controversial case over Lower Merion School District’s ability to raise school taxes despite having cash reserves will be heard on its merits in Commonwealth Court, WHYY reports.
* The Dispatch applauds Gov. Wolf’s establishment of a redistricting panel as a “long overdue correction” to the state’s political environment.
* The Inquirer writes that after five years, Philadelphia’s Land Bank needs an overhaul to better fulfill its mandate of speedily disposing of abandoned properties and vacant lots in the city.
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10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
2 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks to kick-off the first Rebuild groundbreaking at Parkside Fields. Parkside Fields, 5300 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this graduation ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians' Immigrant Leadership Institute. Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
6:30 p.m. - Mayor will deliver remarks at this event to celebrate the release of the November/December issue of FunTimes Magazine and recognize the Unity Cup champions. Council Chambers, City Hall, 4th Floor, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “The initial mandate was to lower costs, mitigate over-incarceration, and divert those that deserve alternative forms of corrective action, such as substance-abuse-disorder treatment. To date, those ideals have not been met.” – PA Rep Steve Kinsey summarizes the shift by state lawmakers on a long-in-the-works algorithm that was supposed to produce fairer sentencing results. From the Inquirer.