City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

City Council passes two referendum questions, laud Meek Mill

One week after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) visited City Council to offer his budget address, the body received another well-known Philadelphian. Rapper Robert “Meek Mill” Williams attended the weekly session, as council gave him a proclamation of “Meek Mill Weekend”.

Meek Mill has been a focal point of cultural and political conversation in the state. While the Philadelphia Eagles and fans celebrated the Super Bowl last year with his song “Dreams and Nightmares”, Mill sat in prison after a local judge jailed him for a parole violation. His release on bail in April drew national attention, and he has since become a powerful voice for criminal justice reform.

Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passed some bills and resolutions Thursday before inviting Mayor Jim Kenney (D) to join them for the annual budget address. Among them were two resolution aimed at the capitol.

Council passed a resolution calling on the General Assembly to give more local control over traffic rules and enforcement. They also passed one supporting the efforts of Pittsburgh’s City Council to reduce gun violence and back common-sense gun legislation.

Friday, March 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Erika Strassburger announced legislation on Tuesday seeking to amend the city code to ban employment discrimination against pregnant individuals, their partners and those seeking pregnancy.

The legislation gives pregnancy its own class in existing work anti-discrimination law and would extend protection to parties involved before, during, and after gestation and would apply regardless of whether a pregnancy resulted in a live birth. Strassburger said an explicit protection was necessary to ensure pregnant workers and their employees understood their rights and responsibilities in the workplace as many federal regulations allowed for loopholes. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

At Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ (D-District 1) request on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh City Council heard from a panel of gun advocates, legal experts, and elected officials for added perspective on their much debated gun control legislation. However, after almost three hours that evoked high emotions and little reconciliation, the only thing clear was that both sides of the gun debate in the Steele City feel that they’re under attack.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an amended ordinance Tuesday altering tax exemption eligibility. The measure seeks to offer more homeowners the opportunity to save money by applying to the Longtime Owners Occupant Program by extending deadlines and increasing the cap on total exemptions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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