PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Usually, Philadelphia City Council meetings are notable for the legislation that members introduce, but today, attention will be on a bill that is being withdrawn from consideration.
Councilman Mark Squilla will formally recall a bill he introduced two weeks ago, seeking to tighten restrictions on permits for nightclubs.READ MORE: Sharon Gless On Book 'Apparently There Were Complaints: Cagney & Lacey 'Changed The History Of Television For Women'
He says constituents had complained about clubs that skirted the regulations by streaming music instead of hiring a band or DJ, and he asked the Nutter administration to draft a bill to close that loophole, but he says language was added that gave police inordinate power over the process.READ MORE: Sunoco Ordered To Dredge Part Of Ranger Cove, Pay $4 Million Over Mariner East 2 Spill
Squilla first said he’d amend the bill, but decided starting over was better:
“This time it’ll be my bill. We’ll make sure that the language that we want and propose will be the main focus of the bill, and no additional language would be added.”MORE NEWS: Officials Respond To Carver High School After Instagram User Threatens To 'Shoot Up' North Philadelphia School
Squilla thanked the local music industry for bringing him their concerns and says he’ll work with them on the new bill.