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(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teachers’ Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District Control

Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.

06/22/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Nutter Weighing City Council’s Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.

06/19/2014

(The former headquarters building of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Move To Scrub Area Near Proposed Casino

The possibility of a casino on North Broad Street, near Callowhill, is prompting a move in Philadelphia City Council to stave off new pawn shops, payday loan operations, and other shady credit businesses in that area.

04/21/2014

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Community College of Phila. Asks For More Funding To Avert Tuition Hike

Students at the Community College of Philadelphia face a possible tuition increase next fall unless the city and the state chip in more.

04/07/2014

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

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City Council To Cast Final Vote On Electronic Cigarette Ban

City Council today is expected to cast a final vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city’s existing ban on smoking in public

03/27/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.

03/13/2014

FILE: The inventor of the electronic cigarette, Hon Lik. (credit: Frederic J. Brown/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Councilman Greenlee Wants To Prohibit E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Amid the growing debate over possible health risks posed by electronic cigarettes, a Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing banning their sale to minors in the city.

02/20/2014

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City Council President Presses To Make Leadership Position Permanent

City Council President Darrell Clarke wants to make permanent a leadership position on council that was created, informally, two years ago.

02/02/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Council Committee Approves Resign-To-Run Charter Change Question

The sponsor of the plan, councilman-at-large David Oh, said the 60-year old “resign to run” provision of the city charter simply does not work.

11/22/2013

(A pregnant woman in her office.  File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Phila. City Council Moves Forward With Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

“Her employer terminated her, saying she turned into ‘a different person,’ ” said Raynelle Staley of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

11/22/2013

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Time Winds Down On Property Assessment Appeals

The problem is, the separate Office of Property Assessment, or OPA, is still conducting what are called first level reviews.

10/07/2013

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City Council OKs Law Requiring Parental Supervision of Teens at Tanning Salons

The final vote came after some last-minute pleas from those on both sides of the issue.

05/23/2013

(Nutter administration finance director Rob Dubow testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee Pushes Alternative Funding Source For School Budget Gap

Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.

05/17/2013

Supporters of mandated paid sick leave were disappointed in the mayor's veto. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Failed Sick Leave Bill Still Haunts Councilman

This brings a sickening feeling to the Philadelphia councilman who tried but failed to get the measure approved here.

05/13/2013

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