From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) is not shy about her concern that some bills introduced in Harrisburg have a main target: preempting policies set in place by Philadelphia’s local governing body.

“They want to put the handcuffs on Philadelphia and say ‘you can’t do that,’’’ Bullock said.

The issue of preemption, or to replace, reverse, or supercede another law that was already in place, has become a sticking point this year as state laws have attempted to roll back city policies.

Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Thomas: "There's got to be a way for us to have a win-win" on soda tax

Thomas: "There's got to be a way for us to have a win-win" on soda tax

On Tuesday afternoon the House Commerce committee brought up House Bill 2241, Rep. Mark Mustio's (R-Allegheny) bill that preempts local taxation of sweetened beverages in Pennsylvania. It prohibits any municipality from levying such a tax while invalidating the current soda tax in Philadelphia.

The bill passed out of committee but not before Rep. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia), minority chairman of the committee, brought up his concerns and offered amendments. Following the vote he spoke with the PLS Reporter about what happens now.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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New bill to get rid of the Philadelphia soda tax sparks debate

New bill to get rid of the Philadelphia soda tax sparks debate

Rep. Mark Mustio has introduced House Bill 2241 which preempts local taxation of sweetened beverages in PA, and prohibits any other taxes on food, drinks and even food containers to be taxed in the future.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the appeal in Williams v. City of Philadelphia, the case working its way through the state courts challenging the legality of the beverage tax levied by the City of Philadelphia.

 

The court, in granting the appeal, limited review of the issue to the following question: “Does the City's Tax violate the Sterling Act, 53 P.S. § 15971, which prohibits Philadelphia from imposing a tax on a transaction or subject that the Commonwealth already taxes?”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

The City of Philadelphia Thursday released numbers from the first month of collecting the city’s recently enacted soda tax, reporting the city collected $5.7 million, more than doubling the estimated amount of $2.3 million.

 

Signed into law by Mayor Jim Kenney in late-June 2016, Philadelphia's soda tax is the first of such a levy enacted in a major US city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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