WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy, high of 77; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 77; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 77.


* Pennsylvania's House of Representatives is backing – by a 198-to-1 vote – the state's effort to take over its online health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act in a bid to cut premiums for hundreds of thousands of people, the AP reports.

* A new study measuring the effectiveness of state health systems around the country found that Pennsylvania has the third-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country, the Inquirer reports.

* Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania won passage Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, although Gov. Tom Wolf is signaling that he will block it, the AP writes.

* A child sex abuse survivor's lawsuit against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown – filed after a 2016 grand jury report revealed decades of abuse and coverup there – can proceed to a jury, a state appellate court ruled on Tuesday. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge Superior Court panel could open the door for similar lawsuits over decades-old abuse to be filed against six other dioceses, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The state Senate’s consideration and passage of a bill intended to address concerns that have arisen over which school security personnel could carry firearms erupted into a debate over the need for any firearms in school, the Patriot-News writes.

* At a news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf and two Democratic lawmakers urged action on a proposal that would force municipalities that solely rely on the state police for protection to pay for it, the Patriot-News reports.

* In a move experts call highly unusual, Philadelphia officials are refusing to name the cybersecurity firm the city has contracted to help clean up the court system’s shuttered websites, Billy Penn writes.

* Property taxes collected by school districts across the state could be a thing of the past if a new bill passes, the Tribune-Review reports.

* Outgoing Arnold Mayor Karen Peconi has been fined $10,000 by the State Ethics Commission for violations of ethics laws when she intervened in her son’s application to the city’s police department and failed to file proper financial statements during her time as a city official, the Tribune-Review writes.


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.



* The Inquirer has even more questions about councilmanic prerogative in Philadelphia, following the latest questionable use of the practice by a Councilmember, this time by Council President Darrell Clarke.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to


8:45 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 503, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a ceremony to honor both active members and veterans of the United States Army. City Hall North Apron, Philadelphia.

9 a.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Communications & Technology Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Local Government Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Telecommunications will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join Rep. Mike Sturla, Sen. Jay Costa, and PSP Commissioner Col. Robert Evanchick in a press conference unveiling legislation to ensure steady funding for Pennsylvania’s State Police, roads and bridges by implementing a service fee for municipalities who rely solely on the State Police for local police coverage. Governor’s Reception Room, Harrisburg.

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

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:45 a.m. - the PA Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Rules Committee Conference Room, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this groundbreaking at the Navy Yard for Iovance Biotherapeutics, a company working to develop a cure for cancer using immunotherapies. Navy Yard, 400 Rouse Boulevard, Philadelphia.

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

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

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the benefit luncheon for the Philadelphia Education Fund to recognize the organization's support for Philadelphia students. Union League, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia.

12:15 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will address borough officials during the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) Conference to outline how Restore Pennsylvania will provide boroughs with funding for infrastructure improvements. Hershey Lodge, Ballroom, 325 University Drive, Hershey.

1 p.m. - Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller will hold a media briefing on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to support paths to employment for people receiving public assistance benefits following testimony during a joint State Senate Republican Policy Committee and Health and Human Services Committee hearing on Medicaid work requirements. Conference call – RSVP to for access credentials.

4 p.m. - the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission will hold the last of nine public meetings around the state to talk about making the redistricting process fairer and nonpartisan. Keystone Building, Hearing Room 1, 400 North St., Harrisburg.

6:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the Community College of Philadelphia Black & Gold fundraiser to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their service to the community. Vie, 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to

KICKER: “Seems to me that what this bill does is attempt to address a problem with firearms coming into schools by allowing more firearms to come into school … That doesn’t seem like the right approach.” – PA Sen. Larry Farnese neatly sums up the problem with a recently passed Senate bill to allow school security officers to carry firearms. From the Patriot-News.