Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council has been considering a resolution to urge the School District of Philadelphia to permanently prohibit suspending students in first to fifth grades.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-large) is a former teacher and the prime sponsor of the resolution.
Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

At a recent monthly meeting, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics endorsed legislation that would bring a raft of critical changes to the city’s campaign finance laws and limits.

Most notably, the bill would shift the city away from annual campaign finance limits and to a system of limits based on four-year election cycles – while increasing the maximum allowable contribution during that period to $5,000 for individuals and $20,000 for businesses and other organizations.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Ryan Briggs
Categories: Philadelphia
Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

A proposed state constitutional change by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to give Philadelphia the tools to fight job stagnation and economic decline began its second trip through the legislature for the second-consecutive session Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signs executive order banning gifts from lobbyists to city employees

Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signs executive order banning gifts from lobbyists to city employees

In a step that he hopes will help restore public trust in government employees, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday that he has signed an executive order expanding and clarifying rules related to gifts that can be accepted by city employees.

 

Chief among the changes is, for the first time in city history, a ban on city employees receiving gifts from registered lobbyists.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
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