WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 71; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 72; Pittsburgh: mostly sunny, high of 77.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh announced that she will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports.
* A group of Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to ban transgender high school athletes from participating on gender-specific sports teams, PennLive reports.
* The Democratic primary between incumbent Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega is surprisingly competitive, KYW Newsradio reports.
* Several Philadelphia officials called on the state to adopt Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed school funding formula at a press conference, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
* The Pennsylvania House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation urging Congress to do away with daylight saving time, PennLive reports.
* The General Assembly is accepting applications from the public to chair the state’s redistricting commission, Spotlight PA reports.
* State Sens. Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana have suggested Pittsburgh as a site for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game this summer, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
* State Rep. Dan Williams was recently appointed to the board of the Chester County Industrial Development Authority, The Chester County Daily Local News reports.
* Wolf said he’ll sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, the day Pennsylvania plans to make it available to everyone over 16, PennLive reports.
* Republican strategies to regain votes in the suburbs are in play around Philadelphia, NPR reports.
* Philadelphia’s city government and the Philly Fighting COVID group coordinated for months before a scandal that was blamed on “acting in a hurry,” the Inquirer reports.
* The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review describes as “shortsighted” a proposal in the state House to stiffen penalties for spitting on police officers.
* The Inquirer writes that Philadelphia should make permanent a successful eviction diversion program created during the coronavirus and recently extended for another 45 days.
* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette commends Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for vetoing a bill for paid sick leave, which he supports, because he believed the bill as passed would not withstand legal challenges.
* In an op-ed for the Inquirer, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and George Mason University professor Cynthia Lum call for more effective law enforcement training and national police standards to reduce the use of excessive force.
* Republicans are attacking corporations over their decision to condemn the controversial Georgia voting law, part of the party’s embrace of the populism espoused by President Donald Trump even as it creates tensions with traditional allies, The Washington Post reports.
* Rep. Matt Gaetz built a public profile as an unapologetic, unambiguous, omnipresent booster of President Donald Trump, but neither Trump nor anyone in the ex-president’s orbit is rushing to Gaetz’s defense, Politico reports.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: State Sen. Lisa Boscola, minority chair of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.
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9 a.m. – The House Professional Licensure Committee will hold an informational meeting on HB 19: the Better Access to Treatment Act, Room 523, Irvis Office South, Capitol, Harrisburg.
9:30 a.m. – The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance meets to discuss changing required conditions and information for reporting adjustments to taxable income, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. – The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a budget hearing for state-related universities, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee holds an informational meeting to discuss the programs and services available to older adults and how the area agencies on aging work to deliver those services locally, Meeting Room 515, Irvis Office North, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee holds a virtual informational meeting on the state of the Chesapeake Bay. Watch here.
10 a.m. – The House Transportation Committee holds a meeting, Room 60, East Wing, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The Pittsburgh City Council meets, Council chamber, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. – The House Government Oversight Committee holds a meeting to consider whether to adopt the Final Report of Investigation 1-2020, Room 140, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. – The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a budget hearing for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
3 p.m. – The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a budget hearing for the Treasury Department, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
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KICKER: “I doubt seriously they really are looking for ‘somebody like me.’ I’m just going to put my name in, and it either works or it doesn’t.” – Liz Forrest, a semi-retired technology consultant on her application to chair the state’s redistricting commission, via Spotlight PA