Bellevue Bulletin 02/22/2019: A summit in Rome; Domb introduces proposed term limits
It’s been quite a snowy week, but we’re finally at Friday. Welcome back to your weekly update!
Big news this week is happening not in the U.S., but over in Rome, Italy, where members of the ECA (Ending of Clergy Abuse) and other organizations are meeting in Vatican City for Pope Francis’ summit. The summit is in regards to the ongoing effort to prevent clergy sex abuse within the Catholic Church. According to AP News, there aren’t expected to be any top members of the church’s current leadership in Pennsylvania diocese in attendance, but there will be a “persistent, physical Pennsylvania presence outside the Vatican doors”. State Representative Mark Rozzi told PennLive that he and at least four other PA male victims of abuse will be among the de facto international victim’s congress gathering in Rome.
As the 2020 election begins to sneak up, Pennsylvania is one of the many states that will have to replace their 25,000 something voting machines by the time the election comes around. Pennsylvania is one of 13 states where some or all of its’ voters use machines that store votes electronically, without printed ballots or another paper-based backup that would allow for the double-checking of how votes are being recorded. In the wake of other questionable elections, lawmakers are pushing for these new voting machines to be up and running in time for 2020.
The biggest news in Council this week comes from Councilmember Domb, who introduced a resolution to amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter by providing a limitation of terms for Councilmembers in office, to no more than three terms, starting in January of 2020. In order to amend the charter voters would have to approve the motion, so Councilmember Domb requests that the measure is placed on the ballot as a referendum in the upcoming primary election.
That’s all for this week! Try to stay warm and follow us @PhillyAdvocates for more!