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
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly council advances ordinance regulating lead paint in school

Philly council advances ordinance regulating lead paint in school

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed a bill creating guidelines for regulating and inspecting lead paint in schools Monday.

First introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure establishes a new certificate of inspection for these buildings and outlines how these should take place. It also recognizes an advisory group that includes advocates, the district, and the teachers union to suggest further legislation.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Philadelphia’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed an ordinance Friday that creates new regulations for the sales and marketing of certain prescription drugs in the city.

Philadelphia has become the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with over 1,200 people dying in the city from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. In response, the city has begun to sue drug manufacturers on their misleading marketing and overprescribing practices.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

The new Philadelphia school board met with council members on Tuesday at City Hall, but after the joy from returned local control wore off, Council President Darrell Clarke (D-District 5) set the tone for the daylong hearings.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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