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Philadelphia City Council Approves Bar Bouncer Training Bill

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bar bouncers are going to have to bone up on crowd control: City Council has given final approval to a measure requiring that all bouncers get proper training.

The vote was unanimous as Council approved a bill that requires all bar bouncers to register with the city, and in order to register they must first take a training course in crowd management.

The sponsor, Councilman Bill Greenlee, expects the mayor to sign it into law. Then, he says, begins the task of working out procedures for putting it in place.

“To work out exactly how much training, what you have to do to get it, who’s qualified to provide it, that kind of thing.”

Greenlee is pleased that bars and restaurants are on board.

“But I think they realize there is a problem out there, and they are concerned both about image and about lawsuits.”

The bill does stipulate that the bouncer training course must be offered by a third party, like a security firm, not the bar itself.

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