In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

An amended version of House Bill 2071 passed the House Monday by a final vote of 164-18. Sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), the bill focuses on methods of helping businesses and workers prevent potential workplace violence. 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Affordable housing is dwindling in Philadelphia. But like in Pittsburgh, Philly’s city council thinks it has a solution.

Back in June, the council passed a construction bill that would tax all new development at one percent. That money is supposed to go directly the Housing Trust Fund, which supports the production and preservation of affordable housing in the city.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
On immigration, Kenney struggles to keep Philadelphians, lawmakers and the feds happy

On immigration, Kenney struggles to keep Philadelphians, lawmakers and the feds happy

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney may have another struggle on his hands keeping the city’s sanctuary status
Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) is not shy about her concern that some bills introduced in Harrisburg have a main target: preempting policies set in place by Philadelphia’s local governing body.

“They want to put the handcuffs on Philadelphia and say ‘you can’t do that,’’’ Bullock said.

The issue of preemption, or to replace, reverse, or supercede another law that was already in place, has become a sticking point this year as state laws have attempted to roll back city policies.

Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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