City Council: Johnson Returns to Council; Thomas Introduces NIL bill

Johnson Returns

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson returned to city council on Thursday, November 3rd, one day after being found not guilty in his federal bribery trial.

Johnson received lengthy applause while fellow councilmembers, staffers, and others hugged him and shook his hand.

With his return, council now has 13 members, as four have resigned to run for mayor.

Thomas Introduces NIL Legislation

Councilmember Isaiah Thomas introduced legislation designed to protect young athletes who sign Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) contracts.

In June of 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association allowed student-athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness in a similar fashion to professional athletes.

According to a press release distributed by Thomas’ office, NIL deals are likely to be offered to high school athletes.

“If passed, the Philly NIL Youth Protection Act would provide education materials on NIL deals to students and their families, including information on the likelihood of acquiring an NIL, the benefits as well as the risks of a deal, and guidance on the various types of NIL deals. The bill would also establish the reaction of the Philly NIL Youth Protection Fund which would equip families of students with prospective NIL deals with a city-vetted lawyer and/or accountant, to assist in navigating and negotiating these deals.”

Public Health Emergency Leave Bill

In a unanimous vote, city council passed Bill No. 220181, which is an amended version of Bill No. 22005. The original bill established perimeters for Philadelphia’s paid sick-leave law. The updated bill makes the following adjustments:

Employers with less than 25 employees are exempt. Originally the legislation regulated employers with ten or more employees.

The definition of an employee has also been amended to the following:

“‘Employee’ is an individual that has worked for a given employer for ninety days or more and who works within Philadelphia, working for an Employer within Philadelphia after March 9th, 2022, who normally works for an employer within the city of Philadelphia but is currently teleworking from any other location as a result of COVID-19, or who works for an employer from multiple locations or from mobile locations, provided that 51% or more of such employee’s work time takes place within the city of Philadelphia.”

Other Legislation Passed By City Council

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2317 Ridge Avenue located in the 5th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2214 N. Orkney Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2527 N. Hancock Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here to read more.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 3018 N. American Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2646 Palethorp Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2521 N. Hancock Street & 2522 Mutter Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 525 W. Norris Street located in the 7th Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority deeds conveying fee simple title to 800 W. Cumberland Street in the Fifth Councilmanic District of the City of Philadelphia and further authorizing the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to transfer to the Philadelphia Land Bank fee simple title to such properties pursuant to Section 16-405 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority deeds conveying fee simple title to 911, 913, 915, 919, 921, 923, and 925 W. Auburn Street, 3812, 3826, 3834, 3846, 3850, and 3861 N. Camac Street, 2317 Ridge Avenue, and 1436 N. 17th Street in the Fifth Councilmanic District of the City of Philadelphia and further authorizing the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to transfer to the Philadelphia Land Bank fee simple title to such properties pursuant to Section 16-405 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2501, 2855, 2857 Amber Street; 2143, 2155, 2157 E. Birch Street; 2134, 2172 E. Cambria Street; 2103, 2107 E. Cumberland Street; 2107 E. Dakota Street; 2478, 2480 Emerald Street; 2022 E. Fletcher Street; 1929, 1935, 1943, 2215-17 E. Harold Street; 2637, 2639, 2643, 2645, 2649 Janney Street; 2536 Jasper Street; 2639, 2641, 2643, 2653 Kensington Avenue; 2068 E. Monmouth Street; 1844 E. Oakdale Street; 2140, 2151, 2153, 2156 E. Orleans Street; 2646, 2658 Ritter Street; 2089 E. Somerset Street; 2106, 2133, 2135, 2250-2252 E. William Street located in the 1st Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to dispose of 2037, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2042, 2044, 2047, 2050, 2052,2056, 2058, 2060, 2062, 2066, 2068, 2201-29 E. William Street and 2306 Collins Street located in the 1st Councilmanic District in accordance with the terms of Chapter 16-700 of The Philadelphia Code. Click here for more information.

Amending Bill No. 220401, entitled “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled ‘Wage and Net Profits Tax,’ by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions,” to correct a typographical error in stating the period in which a reduction in the resident Net Profits Tax rate is applicable. Click here for more information.

Amending Bill No. 210284, entitled “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled ‘Business Income and Receipts Taxes,’ by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions,” to fix a mistake in identifying the tax year to which a tax reduction applies, so that the tax reduction applies in FY2023, all under certain conditions. Click here for more information.

Amending Bill No. 220051-A, entitled “An Ordinance amending Section 9-4116 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled ‘2021 Public Health Emergency Leave,’ to establish additional leave time under certain circumstances, modify existing provisions concerning the paid sick leave, and make technical changes, all under certain terms and conditions,” to clarify the modifications to The Philadelphia Code intended to be made by the Bill, and make technical changes; all under certain terms and conditions. Click here for more information.

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