WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. showers, high of 50; Harrisburg: p.m. showers, high of 49; Pittsburgh: a.m. showers, high of 57.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Under a new law, people will have the option of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot during one in-person visit to county elections offices, starting more than a month and a half before an election day. People won’t be using the usual voting machines, but it’s a method for people to cast ballots in person in advance of the actual election without worrying about deadlines and mail problems, the Inquirer writes.
* By a vote of 193-0 on Monday, the House approved legislation calling on the state Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to analyze multiple-year scenarios of vehicles from brand-new up to eight years old to determine the appropriate length of an exemption period from the 17-year-old emissions testing requirement, the Patriot-News reports.
* Under pressure from Gov. Tom Wolf to increase the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, PA House Republicans instead chose to register their anger with Wolf’s attempt to increase eligibility for overtime pay to low-income workers. In a party-line vote, majority Republicans on the House Labor and Industry Committee voted Monday to pass a resolution expressing their opposition to the proposed regulatory move, which would give 143,000 workers who make less $45,500 a year time-and-a-half pay, the Capital-Star writes.
* State House and Senate lawmakers appear poised to pass a bill that would loosen some of the laws that govern certain oil and gas drillers. But despite a significant amendment intended to win over skeptical Democrats, Governor Tom Wolf and others say the measure still allows too much pollution, WITF reports.
* Saying Pennsylvania taxpayers annually lose millions of dollars a year to Medicaid fraud, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is pushing a package of bills that it says will offer expanded protections to whistleblowers to step up to report it, the Capital-Star reports.
* Voters will decide Tuesday who will win a seat to the Pennsylvania Senate in the 48th District. Republican David Arnold and Democrat Michael Schroeder are vying for the seat, which represents Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties. The seat was vacated when former Sen. Mike Folmer resigned following his arrest for child pornography in September, the Patriot-News writes.
* Pennsylvania’s second lady, Giselle Fetterman, will help lead a campaign to raise awareness of this year’s Census Bureau count and encourage residents to respond to the census, state officials said Monday, the AP reports.
* Dozens of managers within SEPTA’s facility management unit have left the public transit agency in the wake of an FBI investigation into the division, WHYY reports.
* Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny County, is sponsoring legislation that would create an independent authority to cap what Pennsylvanians pay for prescriptions and provide greater transparency of pharmaceutical companies' drug pricing practices, the Patriot-News reports.
* The Inquirer enumerates the ways that Philadelphia’s recent efforts to strengthen labor law enforcement have changed the city’s employment climate.
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9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
9:30 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
12 p.m. - representatives from the Wolf Administration’s Suicide Prevention Task Force will release a preliminary report based on the 10 statewide listening sessions held throughout fall 2019. Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Major General Anthony Carrelli, and Representative Mike Schlossberg will speak about the task force’s work and experiences during the listening tour. Capitol Media Center, State Capitol, Room 01 East Wing, Harrisburg.
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KICKER: “Pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to set their own prices without state oversight. That experiment has already failed.” – PA Rep. Dan Frankel. From the Patriot-News.