WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 54; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 54; Pittsburgh: rain, high of 54.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Lawmakers are coming back to Harrisburg next week, and are already setting priorities for the second half of their two-year legislative session. One of those priorities has been in the works for many years: overhauling the commonwealth’s redistricting laws, WITF reports.
* Lower prices for natural gas last year will mean a 21% drop in drilling fee revenue for Pennsylvania’s state programs and county and municipal governments even as production grew from exploration in the vast Marcellus Shale reservoir, according to new state estimates, the AP reports.
* Swing voters in Pennsylvania are standing behind President Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, but if it leads to all-out war they'd question the president's wisdom and handling of national security, Axios reports.
* Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will report that he headed into his 2020 reelection year with more than $3 million in his campaign bank account, about 40% of what he spent to get elected in 2016 to his first four-year term, the AP reports.
* Pennsylvania’s state elections agency is providing guidance to county officials about the state’s new law allowing people to vote early by mail for any reason. The Department of State on Friday issued the six-page document that describes the new rules and offers suggestions about how to administer them, the AP reports.
* The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are right around the corner on Feb. 3, and a small group of Philly politicos hope to sway some undecided caucus-goers in that state with some handwritten postcards supporting their candidate of choice, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, WHYY reports.
* The Inquirer culls pertinent lessons from Chicago’s successful effort to reduce gun violence over a three-year period for Philadelphia officials to draw from in their own quest to make citizens safer.
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10 a.m. - officials from the Wolf Administration including Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, Department of Community of Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, and Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller will join state officials, stakeholders, and others to remind Pennsylvanians to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda. Pennsylvania Capitol Building, Main Rotunda, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.
11:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to announce details of the speed camera rollout on Roosevelt Boulevard. ACME Markets (Parking Lot), 8200 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia.
12 p.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Department will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
7 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual meeting for over 400 leaders in the building trades and construction industry. The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “We need a redistricting process where the legislators are out of the room. We need an independent citizens’ group drawing the lines in Pennsylvania. I believe you get better districts, fairer districts.” – PA Re. Steve Samuelson. From WITF.