The lawmakers heard promises of improvements from local officials, and tales of bureaucratic bungling from veterans.
Mayor Nutter has signed a bill that requires all Philadelphia employers to give workers who are nursing mothers the space and time to pump milk while on the job.
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.
Councilman Jim Kenney was among those questioning deputy maoyr Alan Greenberger about the value of Mayor Nutter’s taxpayer-funded overseas trips.
The sponsor of the plan, Councilman-at-large David Oh, noted that state elected officials and those from other cities face no such provision, so eliminating it here levels the playing field for city officials.
A city councilman says Mayor Nutter needs to ramp up in a big way, by making cuts to the much-hated Philadelphia wage tax.
Councilman David Oh believes that since state lawmakers don’t have to resign to run for mayor, city elected officials shouldn’t have to, either.
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.
City Council is planning a hearing to decide if Philadelphia needs more taxicabs.
Councilman David Oh is introducing a plan to scale back the “resign to run” rule in the Home Rule Charter. Currently, a city elected official must resign as soon as they announce for another office.
The hearing featured experts speaking on the educational systems in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland and elsewhere.
The lawmakers overrode a Nutter veto and ordered millions of dollars set aside to pay for the contract.
Councilman at-large David Oh says questions abound over the accuracy of the new assessments, and he says the methodology released last week did not clear up how the new property values were calculated.
Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.
Mike Resnick, the city’s public safety director (far right in top photo), says that with 54 shootings at recreation centers since 2010, the Nutter administration supports the ban.