Bellevue Bulletin 02/15/2019: City challenge to face growing hunger; violent video games proposal
Welcome back and happy Friday!
The news this week starts off with a bill that’s floating around in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, regarding violent video games. Representative Christopher Quinn is hoping to propose a 10% sales tax on violent video games, with the intent of distributing said tax back to school districts currently undergoing projects related to school safety, such as bulletproof glass, metal detectors, or security cameras. Despite the well-meaning correlation, researchers say that there is no distinct connection between violent video games and violent acts, and even that the bill could be ruled unconstitutional. Read more about it here.
In Philadelphia, a new competition has arisen in an effort to combat the city’s hunger crisis. The Full City Challenge is a Philly-based competition in its first season and is planning on crowing a winner early next week. The competition accepted short proposals from December of 2018 to early January this year, with an impending prize of $5,000 to create a 6-month long (or longer) pilot program aimed at tackling widespread hunger in the city.
In Philadelphia City Council, Councilmember Bill Greenlee has announced that he will not be seeking reelection after his term is up. Greenlee is a Fairmount native and attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Temple University. A man of progressive legislation, Greenlee has helped to pass bills regarding paid sick leave, measures to protect domestic violence victims, and updates to the city’s anti-discrimination laws.
The stated meeting of Council this week saw an introduction of legislation by Councilmember Parker requesting a May ballot question, wherein voters can decide whether to request that the PA Legislative body raise the state’s minimum wage, or else allow the City of Philadeplphia to do so. Cosponsors on the bill included Councilmember Squilla and Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Bown. Councilmember Domb introduced a resolution calling on the PA Senate, Governor, and the federal government to mandate certain education initiatives in PA, and to mandate the initiatives nationwide.
Councilmembers also voted to unanimously pass both a resolution and a bill, introduced by Councilmember Derek Green, to present to voters during the May 21st Primary, an opportunity to amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to include non-gendered terms such as “Councilmember”, rather than male-gendered terms like “Councilman”.
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