WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 85; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 85; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 83.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* WITF previews what to expect when legislators return to work in the Capitol this week and next.

* The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons voted on 23 clemency applications from people serving life in prison without parole – the most on a single day in more than 40 years, according to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who chairs the board – and more than it heard under Gov. Tom Wolf’s last three predecessors combined, the Capital-Star reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is planning to revive the residency requirement for members of the Philadelphia Police Department, the Capital-Star reports.

* After comparing Mayor Jim Kenney to President Donald Trump, thanks to a policy the city implemented last week to restrict the publication’s access to information, Philadelphia Magazine is threatening to sue unless Kenney abandons that “retaliatory, burdensome, and unconstitutional” policy by tomorrow, the Inquirer reports.

* Starting today, the state Department of General Services is instituting a policy that will limit the maximum occupancy for events that get scheduled in the Capitol rotunda to 450 people – that includes the attendees who stand on the marble staircase, on the floor, and on the balconies above, the Patriot-News writes.

* Charter-school advocates see Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to charge new fees on charter schools and prospective cyber charter schools – which he called a necessary financial step – as another attempt to try to limit school-choice options in Pennsylvania, the Patriot-News writes.

* A five-foot by eight-foot hole in the ground opened up in a park in Middletown Township in Delaware County on Friday, exposing part of the Mariner East pipeline that transports natural gas liquids; the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said heavy rain caused the hole, and that there was no contamination or environmental impact, WHYY reports.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer explains how the case currently before the PA Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of the death penalty is just the latest example of state legislators not doing their job.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Rep. Mary Jo Daley … PA Rep. Brian Sims … … 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:

8 a.m. - Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine will join UPMC’s speaker series “Opioids: The Fight Continues” as part of the second Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, a statewide initiative to get the overdose reversal medication naloxone to Pennsylvanians and get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder. Herberman Conference Center, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Pavilion, 5230 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh

1 p.m. - the PA Senate and House State Government Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) Executive Director Luz Colón will join Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission Executive Director Norman Bristol Colón and others to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 in Pennsylvania. Main Rotunda, Pennsylvania State Capitol, 501 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg.

4 p.m - the PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Rd., Mount Pocono.

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

KICKER: The administration doesn’t have to like everything we write about them, but that doesn’t mean they, as a government entity, are free to apply different rules to us than they apply to any other news organization. To do so literally undermines the protections spelled out in the First Amendment.” – Philadelphia Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath pushes back against the Kenney administration’s targeted policies toward the publication. From the Inquirer.