Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While leaving open future action from the state legislature, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court upheld Philadelphia’s soda tax Wednesday.

The tax, signed into law in 2016, was levied by the city to fund additional education investments. It was then challenged by restaurant industry groups and local business people as a violation of a 1932 state law that granted the city the right to tax anything without a state levy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Philadelphia lawmakers call "preemption" on Stephens workplace violence bill

Philadelphia lawmakers call "preemption" on Stephens workplace violence bill

House Bill 2071, known as the Workplace Violence Prevention Act, aims to allow employers to implement safeguards that they deem necessary in their business by preventing local jurisdictions from enacting measures that would stop them from doing so. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), the bill’s prime sponsor, says employers have a right to protect themselves.

However opponents contend the bill is aimed squarely against Philadelphia’s efforts to ban bulletproof barriers in certain businesses – namely “stop-and-gos”.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Commonwealth Court sides with gun owners in municipal preemption case

Commonwealth Court sides with gun owners in municipal preemption case

A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court sided with a group of gun owners in an opinion Friday in a case deciding if state gun regulation preempted municipal regulation of whether guns can be carried in a local park.

 

In the case of Firearm Owners Against Crime v. Lower Merion Twp., the court held with a 2-1 opinion that state regulation did in fact preempt Lower Merion’s attempt to keep firearms out of a municipal park.

Monday, December 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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