Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting

Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting

Philadelphia City Council passed a variety of bills and resolutions Thursday in their final 2018 voting session. However, the most anticipated bill on the agenda, a measure introducing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing in the city, was held until next month during floor debate.

Introduced by Councilman Bill Greenlee (D-At Large) and Councilwoman Cindy Bass (D-District 8), the bill called for the registration of pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, submission of marketing materials, and a ban on all gifts for doctors and medical professionals. While supported by Mayor Jim Kenney (D), the bill was met with resistance from drugmakers and other business entities in the city.

In other news, Council also presented a resolution to Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia), celebrating her historic election to Minority Caucus Chair in the House.

Friday, December 14, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

A report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia City Controller on soda tax revenue has re-opened debate over the spending and motivation of the controversial measure. When the report raised concerns on how the money is being held before allocation, the city’s administration defended their methodology and made some accusations of their own.

The Controller’s office reported the total revenue from the tax since its inception in 2017 at $137 million through September 2018, the start of fiscal year 2019 on programs, while over $101 million remained in the General Fund. 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia’s City Council recently passed four major bills in addition to the anticipated Fair Work Week legislation. These measures give more rights to tenants, attempt to resolve trespassing ordinances on occupancy disputes, and raised the minimum wage for city workers and contractors.

Most of these bills were introduced in June or during the fall session. With council meeting once more in the 2018 calendar, passage becomes increasingly important as next year brings elections.
Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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