Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Philadelphia City Council jumped into the electronic cigarettes debate through legislation introduced Thursday, which will limit sales of flavored and e-cigs with high concentrations of nicotine salts to adult-only stores requiring customers to verify their age of 18 or older.
 
The bill comes one day after Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the pursuit of new regulations. There have been increased reports locally and nationally of people injured and dying from using electronic tobacco products.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes resolution for CPS hearings

City Council passes resolution for CPS hearings

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday creating a special committee to begin hearings on child separation practices and policies with Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services (CPS). The vote happened after the bill was initially put on hold, but a revised version was introduced and voted on through a rules suspension.
 
The original resolution was introduced last week by co-sponsoring Councilmembers Cindy Bass (D-District 8) and David Oh (R-At Large). Much of the interest in CPS and their policy stems from a social worker investigating Oh for child abuse following his eight-year-old son’s collarbone injury last summer as Oh was teaching them martial arts.
Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council expand protections for trans citizens

City Council expand protections for trans citizens

Philadelphia City Council passed three bills Thursday to bolster protections for transgender and gender non-conforming citizens. 
 
Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large) introduced the legislation in September, which includes plans for new gender-neutral bathrooms in city buildings, new policies for dealing with youth, and new definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation for discrimination purposes. These protections come as federal regulations are being weakened.
Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes lead remediation for residences

City Council passes lead remediation for residences

Philadelphia City Council Thursday unanimously passed a bill to allow for lead inspections in apartments and rented homes, starting next year.
 
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) earlier this year, creates a staggered schedule for residences rented to families with small children for inspections and testing for lead paint. This is the third bill Reynolds Brown has authored on lead in facilities that council has passed this year.
Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council amends lead safety bill

City Council amends lead safety bill

Philadelphia City Council approved amendments to a bill that will provide for lead paint inspections in residential units Thursday, setting up for a vote next week that’s been asked for by advocates and citizens for months.
 
The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large), would now give property owners and landlords more time to prepare rental units for lead-safe certification and longer periods before requiring renewal. This will update existing laws passed in 2012.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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