City Council passes tire dealer license bill

City Council passes tire dealer license bill

City Council passed a bill mandating licenses for tire dealers in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The bill came from the Committee of Licenses and Inspections last week. It aims to gain more information on tire sales and disposal to decrease the number of used tires dumped on sidewalks or with other refuse around the city. This bill ties into waste hauling mandates passed earlier this year in Harrisburg.

After speaking at a clean-up site in Kensington as part of the city’s fight against the opioid epidemic, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sànchez (D-District 7), one of the bill sponsors and a committee chair, discussed the need for such licensing.

Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

An emotional speech from a Pittsburgh city councilman on Tuesday suggested that a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s preemption wars could soon begin.


Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4) made a defiant speech during a council meeting, calling on the city to pass stricter gun laws—specifically against assault weapons—even in the face of state law and precedent on local legislation.

“You want to fight? We’re here to fight. Our community is here to fight,” O’Connor said at a council meeting. “I think our city, our nation everybody is ready to fight this. This has been a long time coming.”
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
CASA in Action rallies for immigrants' rights and climate justice

CASA in Action rallies for immigrants' rights and climate justice

Immigrant rights group CASA in Action rallied down Harrisburg's 3rd Street Thursday morning to urge people to vote in next Tuesday's elections. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Fair work week legislation through committee after marathon hearings

Fair work week legislation through committee after marathon hearings

A bill to create fair work week employment standards in Philadelphia had City Council members, media, and the assembled public working beyond normal business hours.

After nearly three hours of public testimony on Tuesday afternoon, and with the public meeting portion suspended for almost another hour for deliberations and amendments, the Committee of Law and Government passed through the bill 5-2. The vote split along party lines.
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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