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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