Ballot Question on public safety personnel proposed for 2014 Spring primary

City of Philadelphia
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City Council
Chief Clerk's Office
402 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
BILL NO. 130576
Introduced September 12, 2013
Councilmembers Kenney, O'Neill, O'Brien, Squilla and Henon
Referred to the
Committee on Law and Government
AN ORDINANCE
Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the
proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment to The
Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to protect the dignity and basic rights of the City’s Police
Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and other public safety personnel; and to preserve the
integrity of the City’s long-term budgeting and planning, by requiring the approval of the
Administrative Board and Council before certain interest arbitration awards may be
appealed; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make
arrangements for the special election.
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. There shall be submitted for the approval or disapproval of the qualified
electors of the City of Philadelphia at the election to be held May 20, 2014, the
amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter contained in Resolution No. 130596,
approved by Council on ___________, 2013, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of
Council.
SECTION 2. There shall be placed on the ballot the following question to be answered
“Yes” or “No” by the qualified electors participating in the election:
Shall the Home Rule Charter be amended to
provide that the appeal by the City of Philadelphia
of Interest Arbitration Awards for Police Officers,
Firefighters, Paramedics or other public safety
personnel may be initiated only after approval by
the Administrative Board and a two-thirds vote of

Resolution 130596 (corresponding to the ballot question bill #130576):

Title
Proposing an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to protect the dignity and basic rights of the City's Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and other public safety personnel; and to preserve the integrity of the City's long-term budgeting and planning, by requiring the approval of the Administrative Board and Council before certain interest arbitration awards may be appealed; and providing for the submission of the amendment to the electors of Philadelphia.
 
Body
WHEREAS, Under Section 6 of the First Class City Home Rule Act (53 P.S. §13106), an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter may be proposed by a resolution of the Council of the City of Philadelphia adopted with the concurrence of two-thirds of its elected members; now, therefore,  
 
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That the following amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter is hereby proposed and shall be submitted to the electors of the City on an election date designated by ordinance:
 
Bold italics indicates matter added by this amendment.
 
 
ARTICLE VIII
PROVISIONS FOR GENERAL APPLICATION
 
      CHAPTER 1
      FISCAL AND BUDGETARY MATTERS
 
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§ 8-108.  Appeals from Interest Arbitration Awards
      
      No appeal by the City of Philadelphia of an Interest Arbitration Award or any part thereof of a board of arbitration established pursuant to the provisions of the Act of June 24, 1968 (P.L. 237, No. 111), referred to as the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act, or the Act of July 23, 1970 (P.L. 563, No. 195), referred to as the Public Employee Relations Act, may be pursued unless such appeal is expressly authorized by the Administrative Board and approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council at each level of appeal.
 
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End
 

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