Below find legislation currently before Philadelphia City Council being monitored by PFMA. Where applicable PFMA's position is provided in red.
June 3, 2021
FY22 City Council Budget Center
April 15, 2021
Mayor Kenney’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget | Office of the Mayor | City of Philadelphia
Vapor Ordinance Lawsuit
April 6, 2021
Court Issues Temporary Injunction on Philadelphia Electronic Cigarette/Vapor Ordinance
On April 6, 2021, the judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by NATO, the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association of Philadelphia, and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company granted a motion for a preliminary injunction finding Philadelphia’s ordinance restricting the sale of flavored electronic cigarette and vapor products is pre-empted by Pennsylvania state law. As passed, the ordinance bans the sale of flavored electronic cigarette/vapor devices except in adult-only establishments, prohibits the sale of electronic cigarette/vapor devices with nicotine salts containing more than 20 milligrams/milliliter of nicotine except at adult-only establishment, and allows those electronic cigarette/vapor devices approved for sale by the Department of Public Health to be sold.
Plastic bag ban
The City recently announced that its ordinance banning single-use plastic bags, originally passed by City Council in December 2019, will be implemented beginning July 1, 2021, extending the delay of implementation by another six months. Actual enforcement will not start until April 2022. This timeline is barring further state intervention. A full updated timeline is available here.
Ordinance 210083 amends Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Business Income and Receipts Taxes," creating a new tax credit for Philadelphia businesses impacted by city and state COVID-19 restrictions. Businesses that had to close, reduce hours, or limit customer capacity as a result of public health orders could apply for a tax credit of 20 percent of their lost sales or receipts up to a total of $20,000.
Ordinance 210122 amends Section 9-4116 of The Philadelphia Code to reinstate the immediate availability of two-weeks' worth of paid sick leave for Philadelphia workers. The 2020 ordinance expired at the end of December.
Ordinance 210227 amends Chapter 9-600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Service and Other Businesses," to revise the rules and requirements pertaining to tobacco retailers and tobacco retailer permits to allow transfers of retailer permits to new locations, under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 210226 allocates transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2021 from the General Fund, the Council to the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, for the purpose of further implementing Council's "New Normal Jobs Initiative."
Ordinance 200625 would prohibit employers from requiring prospective employees to undergo testing for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment. Certain exceptions are provided, including law enforcement professions and positions requiring a CDL, among others.
Ordinance 210249 would amend various chapters of the Philadelphia Code dealing with entitlement to leave due to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, adding to the definition of domestic violence "coercive control," meaning a pattern of behavior that in purpose or effect unreasonably interferes with another person’s free will and personal liberty.
Ordinance 210285 would amend Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Wage and Net Profits Tax,” by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 210284 would amend Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Business Income and Receipts Taxes," by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 210283 would amend Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Business Income and Receipts Taxes," by changing the manner of imposition, all under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 210323 would amend Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Business Income and Receipts Taxes,” by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 210324 would amend Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Wage and Net Profits Tax,” by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions.
Ordinance 2110443 would require businesses to share information on workforce training and career pathways. The workforce development and career pathways information sheet would be created and periodically updated by the Department of Labor, and it would include information on jobless benefits, career and technical skills training, educational opportunities, and other related information. Employers would be required to supply the sheet at the point of separation with an employee. Ride sharing and food delivery companies would need to provide the sheet to workers within 30 days of their start date.
Ordinance 210451 would remove some exceptions and increase fines for certain littering offenses.
Ordinance 210509 would amend the Traffic Code to regulate the operation of personal delivery devices within the City of Philadelphia.
Ordinance 210550 would amend the city's Public Health Emergency Leave law to expire upon the termination of the federal national emergency proclamation rather than Pennsylvania's disaster emergency proclamation.