Philadelphia City Council
Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.
The measure, which passed 14-2, embodies the compromise announced last week by Mayor Nutter and the bill’s sponsor, councilman Jim Kenney.
The lawmakers heard promises of improvements from local officials, and tales of bureaucratic bungling from veterans.
Philadelphia City Council plans to take a look at one of the longest-running issues facing the city: short dumping — the illegal dumping of trash on vacant lots or even sidewalks.
Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a bill giving the Philadelphia Fire Department responsibility for inspecting propane tanks used on curbside food trucks.
Philadelphia City Council opened its fall session today with one controversial matter front and center: whether to put more teeth into the civilian panel that studies cases of police misconduct.
“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” says the Kenney said today.
It was back in June that the pot decriminalization bill passed City Council in a straight party line vote, 13-3. Because Council then went into recess, Mayor Nutter has until Thursday to sign or veto it, or let it become law without his signature.
Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.
Environmentalists and activists gathered today at Boathouse Row to tout the importance of new rules clarifying the reach and control of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over major waterways and the streams and creeks that flow into them.
The measure passed by City Council makes possession of about an ounce of pot punishable by only a $25 fine.
City Council President Darrell Clarke and his colleagues are pushing a CSI “to make every neighborhood a community of choice.”
The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.
Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.
The new rule comes in the wake of last year’s building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.