WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 73; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 71; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 82.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Pennsylvania has the largest full-time legislature in the nation and its lawmakers are among the highest-paid in the country, yet, increasingly, they’re doing less and less actual lawmaking. The number of bills introduced in the legislature has fallen by more than 20% from its peak in the early 1990s, and the number of bills actually passed into law has fallen even more dramatically in the years since, according to an analysis of four decades of legislative data by The Inquirer and Spotlight PA.
* A day after Purdue Pharma reached a tentative settlement in a federal lawsuit over its sales of opioid painkillers, PA AG Josh Shapiro filed a separate lawsuit against members of the Sackler family – the company’s owners – alleging that they “are personally liable for the devastation of the opioid crisis,” the Inquirer writes.
* A suit challenging the legality of a batch of Harrisburg gun control ordinances - and maybe other similar challenges across Pennsylvania - gained new life with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday, the Patriot-News reports.
* A $10 million street-cleaning bill topped the agenda of Philadelphia City Council as it returned to work for the fall session, WHYY reports.
* Seventeen people across the state are believed to have “lung diseases associated with vaping,” according to the state Department of Health, which is looking into another 20 cases that may also be tied to the electronic tobacco-and cannabis delivery systems, WITF reports.
* Two Republican state senators are resuscitating a plan to require many able-bodied Medicaid recipients to prove they’re working, volunteering, or looking for jobs to qualify for healthcare coverage; Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has already vetoed two similar bills, WITF reports.
* Jeffrey Blackwell, who is the step-grandson of City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, allegedly bilked customers of a contracting business he ran on the side while he was employed as a fraud investigator in the City Controller’s Office, federal authorities said Thursday, the Inquirer writes.
* PA Rep. John Galloway has been sentenced in Dauphin County for a drunk driving arrest this spring, WITF reports.
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* The Inquirer has an op-ed by former Gov. Ed Rendell, who excoriates Democratic U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren as “a hypocrite” for her stance on fundraising.
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10 a.m. - the PA Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee will meet. TierPoint Data Center in Audubon, 1000 Adams Ave, Norristown.
10 a.m - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh.
10 a.m - the PA House Republican Policy Committee will meet. Philadelphia City Hall Mayor’s Conference Room, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - The departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) will host an educational webinar to address the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorder and how reporting and dialogue around these topics can promote openness and acceptance. RSVP to RA-PWDHSPressOffice@pa.gov for access credentials.
11 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Philadelphia City Hall, Room 400, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.
4:30 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will attend the official dedication ceremony for the new Charles Library at Temple University. Corner of Polett Walk and N. 13th St., Temple University, Main Campus, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “I like Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot. Too bad she’s a hypocrite.” – Ed Rendell on Elizabeth Warren. From the Inquirer.