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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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Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.

04/11/2013

(City councilman Bill Greenlee, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Bill is DOA For 2nd Time in Three Years

“I’m very disappointed,” said city councilman Bill Greenlee, who tried but failed to get the 12 votes needed to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.

04/11/2013

(Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey testifies at a hearing on the police department's budget.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Ramsey Says Lack of Money Is Keeping Phila. Police From Recording Its Interrogations

Filming interrogations takes more than sticking a camera on a tripod, Ramsey told councilman Bill Greenlee during budget hearings.

04/09/2013

(Stage construction for Jay-Z's "Made in America" concert in 2012.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

‘Made In America’ Fest, With Jay-Z, Returning For 2nd Year To Ben Franklin Parkway

Last year’s two-day “Made in America” festival during the Labor Day weekend drew thousands, and according to city officials provided a big boost to the local economy with hotel and restaurant bookings.

04/08/2013

Michael Nutter (file photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Vetoes Earned Sick Leave Legislation

Council’s attempt to override the veto will not come until next week, if at all.

04/04/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Expected To Veto Paid Sick Leave Bill

The prime sponsor of mandatory sick leave, Councilman Bill Greenlee, is one vote short of the twelve votes he would need to override the expected veto from Mayor Nutter: “I’m still working on making sure we have the twelve votes.”

04/04/2013

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