WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 92; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 91; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 90.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* PA AG Josh Shapiro was quick to distance himself from legislation designed to give the AG’s office new powers to prosecute gun crimes in Pennsylvania’s largest city and pledged to continue collaborating with his Philadelphia counterpart, DA Larry Krasner, WHYY reports.
* Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $90 million bond issue Tuesday to fund a statewide voting machine upgrade effort to ensure that every vote cast creates a paper trail that can be checked by voters and audited. Republicans who control the state legislature pushed back immediately, questioning the legality of the maneuver, the Inquirer writes.
* Andrew Meehan, president of an investment advisory firm and grandson of the late longtime Philadelphia GOP party boss Austin Meehan, announced on social media that he will run against U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District next year, Politics PA reports.
* In an unusual move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says it plans to study “alleged systemic failures” in Philadelphia’s cash bail system – the high court says it’s open to suggestions for how to improve the existing cash bail system, but “any attempt to advocate for the abolition of cash bail,” is not on the table, the Capital-Star writes.
* State leaders have confirmed that this year, they're poised to authorize the largest transfer to Pennsylvania's rainy day fund in years: $317 million, WITF reports.
* Amid ongoing debate about who can carry guns in Pennsylvania schools, some school administrators have been quietly armed for nearly a year, WHYY reports.
* Marge Tartaglione, a longtime Philadelphia City Commissioner, passed away at age 86, the Inquirer writes.
* The investigation into several computers that went missing from the Harrisburg School District amid the mass firing of district leaders is being handled by the Attorney General’s office, the Patriot-News writes.
* Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved adding more inclusive language for the LGBTQ community in its anti-discrimination ordinance. The rule now defines the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression,” which weren’t previously defined, WESA writes.
* The Inquirer rightly observes that the General Assembly’s end-run on gun laws is “an assault on DA Larry Krasner’s discretion” and “is an assault on Philadelphia’s sovereignty.”
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9 a.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary John Norbeck and Bureau of State Parks officials will visit projects underway by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Kinzua Bridge State Park, McKean County, and Hills Creek State Park, Tioga County. Hills Creek State Park office, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
2 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Einstein Medical Center, Sheer Building Auditorium, 1101 West Tabor Road, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “I’m going to continue to work in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office. I didn’t seek this law and I didn’t advocate for it … And it doesn’t change anything.” – AG Josh Shapiro seeks to distance himself from a gun control bill that wrests power from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and gives it to the AG. From WHYY.