Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
City Council passes tire dealer license bill

City Council passes tire dealer license bill

City Council passed a bill mandating licenses for tire dealers in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The bill came from the Committee of Licenses and Inspections last week. It aims to gain more information on tire sales and disposal to decrease the number of used tires dumped on sidewalks or with other refuse around the city. This bill ties into waste hauling mandates passed earlier this year in Harrisburg.

After speaking at a clean-up site in Kensington as part of the city’s fight against the opioid epidemic, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sànchez (D-District 7), one of the bill sponsors and a committee chair, discussed the need for such licensing.

Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in their weekly public meeting on Thursday, focusing on zoning and housing measures. If signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, they will change some tax rules and create more funding for affordable units and programs to assist existing homeowners.
Thursday, October 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session

After a prolonged and contentious public comment session, Philadelphia’s City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in session Thursday. Issues ranged from increasing Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones, tax codes, to resolutions taking stances on bills in Harrisburg.
Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

In Pittsburgh for a number of years the Office of the City Clerk has been responsible for keeping track of records related to city council matters and legislation. All other city departments have been responsible for their own records, without uniform standards or resources. According to city officials this has led to less than stellar record keeping. Two bills, 539 and 540, which received their final vote Tuesday, seek to change that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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