Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia’s City Council recently passed four major bills in addition to the anticipated Fair Work Week legislation. These measures give more rights to tenants, attempt to resolve trespassing ordinances on occupancy disputes, and raised the minimum wage for city workers and contractors.

Most of these bills were introduced in June or during the fall session. With council meeting once more in the 2018 calendar, passage becomes increasingly important as next year brings elections.
Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly council advances ordinance regulating lead paint in school

Philly council advances ordinance regulating lead paint in school

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed a bill creating guidelines for regulating and inspecting lead paint in schools Monday.

First introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure establishes a new certificate of inspection for these buildings and outlines how these should take place. It also recognizes an advisory group that includes advocates, the district, and the teachers union to suggest further legislation.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Philadelphia’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed an ordinance Friday that creates new regulations for the sales and marketing of certain prescription drugs in the city.

Philadelphia has become the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with over 1,200 people dying in the city from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. In response, the city has begun to sue drug manufacturers on their misleading marketing and overprescribing practices.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Labor and Civil Service passed a bill Tuesday outlining a plan to increase wages for city workers and those working on city contracts. It also ups the minimum wage mandated for businesses seeking tax credits for creating new jobs in the city.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

The Transportation and Public Utilities Committee passed, with favorable recommendation, a plan to bring clean electricity from Adams County to Philadelphia last Wednesday. 
Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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