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
House passes squatter removal bill

House passes squatter removal bill

The House of Representatives passed House Bill 365 Wednesday by a 155-44 vote. Introduced by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), the bill expands the ability of law enforcement to remove unlawful occupants of residential property.
 
White submitted the legislation in February to combat the rise of “house theft” in portions of Philadelphia. This happens when people leave homes for vacations or other stretches of time and return to find changed locks and new occupants. The bill covers this and other versions of squatting. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council returns for fall session

Philadelphia City Council returns for fall session

Philadelphia City Council reconvened Thursday for the first time since June. The body passed some resolutions and localized ordinances in their briefer than average return to session.
 
The session was the first of six weekly meetings before the city’s general election in November. 14 of the 17 members will be on the ballot; some without challengers. Two at-large seats will be up for grabs following retirements, while Councilmember Jannie Blackwell (D-District 3) lost her spot in a stunning primary upset in May.
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Legislators and officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia to promote new efforts to remove lead and its devastating effects from the state.
 
Wolf called upon the legislature to mandate lead testing for all children at nine, 12, and 24 months of age. Aging houses that still contain lead paint, combined with aging water systems, contribute to Pennsylvania having the sixth-highest rates of lead poisoning nationally. Of the 30 percent of children tested statewide, 4.6 percent are found to have varying levels of lead poisoning. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners voted to maintain their contracted purchase of new voting machines from Election Services and Software. They did so despite the protest of citizens and the city’s Controller, who is still investigating the transaction. 

The City Commissioners voted in February to order over 3,000 new machines to satisfy the state’s mandate for new machines by the 2020 elections. The proposal has been met with opposition and controversy, from the questionable history of the machines to possible bribery used to influence and win this contract.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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