Bellevue Bulletin, 10/11/2020

Bellevue Bulletin, 10/11/2020

Federal 

48 AGs, FTC Sue Facebook, Alleging Illegal Power Grabs To ‘Neutralize’ Rivals

  • The Federal Trade Commission and 48 attorney general in the United States have filed their lawsuit against Facebook on Wednesday, accusing the social media group of “gobbling up competitive threats”.
  • The lawsuit cited Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. And later the messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. 
  • Facebook has already faced questions over how it handles user privacy and data. Last year, the company agreed to pay the FTC $5 billion for failing to protect data from being shared with third-party apps, according to NPR. 

After Delays, Senate Approves Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown Ahead Of Deadline

  • This week, the Senate approved a one-week temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown and ensure that government agencies don’t run out of money at midnight tonight. 
  • Measures that had put a halt to negotiations in the Senate were the need to address another potential coronavirus aid package, and a provision being pushed by Republican members to stop members of Congress from receiving pay during government shutdowns in the future. 

State

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tests positive for COVID-19

  • Both the Governor and his wife are quarantining at home for the moment, though Frances Wolf has not tested positive for coronavirus. 
  • As of today, Governor Wolf took another test that came back negative. 

Wolf temporarily suspends Pa. indoor dining, school sports

  • On Thursday, Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine announced a three-week pause of in-person extracurricular activities and sports at both public and private schools. 
  • Indoor dining is suspended all over the state for three weeks beginning Saturday. 
  • Entertainment facilities including movie theaters, concert venues, casinos, and clubs must temporarily close, while indoor retail stores must limit their capacity to 50% “except as limited by existing orders to a smaller capacity limit.” Gyms and fitness facilities must pause indoor operations for three weeks.

Pa. nursing homes sue Wolf administration for $153 million in federal funds they claim belongs to them

  • This week, three organizations that represent a total of almost 700 PA nursing homes are suing Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for failing to protect residents and staff against the coronavirus. 
  • The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Commonwealth Court, and demands that Wolf’s administration direct the $153 million allocated to PA from the first stimulus package towards nursing homes. 
  • Citing a 2003 law that requires licensed nursing facility providers to pay an annual assessment, the lawsuit claims that the federal money the state received that was intended to go to the facilities never actually made it to the providers.

City

Kenney signs 180-day pause on restaurant evictions into law as more hospitality aid bills head to his desk

  • On Wednesday, Mayor Kenney signed a bill that will create a 180-day moratorium on lead restaurant evictions in Philadelphia. 
  • The bill applies to restaurants, bars and catering businesses that experienced a 50% or larger blow to revenue during any two-month period between March 17, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021 compared to the period spanning April 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

Philadelphia City Council approves pandemic-era ‘Black Workers Matter’ protections

  • City Council unanimously approved three bills on Thursday that are aimed to provide job security to hospitality sector workers laid off during the pandemic. 
  • The package of bills is called the “Black Workers Matter Economic Recovery Package”, covers more than 12,000 tourism industry workers, like hotel housekeepers and stadium food service workers. 
  • The package includes a bill from Councilmember Gym titled “Right to Return”, which requires hospitality employers to recall workers who were laid off according to seniority, rather than hiring new workers. 

Parks and Rec is reopening some fields usually locked for winter so people have more outdoor options

  • The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation is planning to reopen nearly a dozen public spaces in the city soon. 
  • The city’s most recent guidelines say that parks, trails, playgrounds and athletic fields may remain open for individual use, but not for group activities. 
  • After community members took to Twitter to ask why playgrounds and trails were locked, the Parks & Rec Department responded by saying it would reopen some areas around the city, but reminded everyone to “wear a mask; stay 6 ft apart; no games; and carry out any trash.”

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