April 13, 2011
City officials need to get rid of a loophole in Philadelphia's campaign-finance law that lets deep-pocketed donors skirt contribution limits. This legal end run nullifies the city's rules that prohibit a political-action committee from giving more than $10,600 to any individual candidate each year. The campaign-giving limits, which Mayor Nutter supported as a City Council member, are designed to minimize the potential impact on city policy by any one donor or political committee.
June 5, 1986 |
The Haddon Township Board of Commissioners introduced an amendment Tuesday night to strengthen the township's rent-control ordinance. Officials said the amendment, if approved, would close a loophole used successfully last month by a landlord in an appeal for a hardship rent increase. Commissioner Gerald DeFelicis said the amendment would require certification by the rent-control officer that the building was inspected and found to be in compliance with township building codes no more than 90 days before the application for the hardship increase.
December 16, 2009 |
The Federal Communications Commission will seek to close a loophole that has kept Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers games off satellite TV in Philadelphia and given a huge competitive advantage to Comcast Corp. An FCC official said the agency would circulate an order today that will close the "terrestrial loophole" that allows Comcast to withhold Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia from DirecTV and Dish Network. The five-member regulatory board could vote on the order in January. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says the loophole should be closed to level the competitive playing field among pay-TV companies, a commission official said.
March 14, 1991 |
When lobbyists spend thousands of dollars on legislators, buying them football tickets, expensive dinners and trips to Florida golf resorts, nobody has to report that money as long as the lawmakers and lobbyists don't "expressly" discuss pending legislation. That loophole in New Jersey's lobbying law is supposed to be closed when the legislature follows a blue-ribbon ethics panel's recommendation that all the money spent earning the goodwill of legislators be publicly reported - whether or not legislation is discussed.
November 24, 1988 |
Delaware motorists who refuse breath tests or blood-alcohol samples automatically lose their driver's licenses for a year. It's the law. Yet about 30 percent of Delawareans arrested for drunken driving now drive straight through a legal loophole and back onto the road, months before they should be allowed, according to Frank Carver, chairman of a state task force that is revising the law. The loophole exists in part of the 1982 drunken-driving law...
September 2, 2008
Your editorial "Flawed law" (Aug. 27) highlighted several problems with Pennsylvania's gaming law. In particular, it hit one of our most serious flaws in state government as a whole: the loophole that allows lawyers to sidestep the revolving-door ban from state employment to private industry and back again. This issue has plagued us since the Supreme Court decision in Gmerek v. State Ethics Commission, which held that the court has the "exclusive authority to regulate the practice of law. " Attacking the Lobbyist Registration Law, the plaintiff challenged the authority of the State Ethics Commission to regulate the conduct of lobbyists who happened to be lawyers.
October 2, 1986 |
The Maple Shade Township Council last night unanimously adopted an ordinance to strengthen a law prohibiting the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public. Mayor Joseph P. Dugan said the ordinance, an amendment to the township code, would deter drinking in parking lots, which he said was a problem. "Young people have been drinking beer into the wee hours of the morning and leaving (the beer cans) there for someone else to pick up," Dugan said. The new ordinance eliminated a loophole in the township code.
June 16, 1999 |
Organized labor flexed its considerable muscle yesterday and showed why it's still formidable at hardball lobbying when City Council gave initial approval to a bill that would close a loophole used by building contractors to evade prevailing wage laws. The bill, sponsored by Councilmen James Kenney and Richard Mariano, targeted agencies like the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation that use a mixture of public funds but often work with private companies.
January 26, 1990 |
City Councilman John F. Street yesterday introduced legislation aimed at closing a loophole in a 1988 law that could permit buyers of certain upscale condominium developments to escape millions in real estate tax payments. Intended exclusively for owners of units at the Rittenhouse condominium- hotel, the legislation, which granted a five-year tax break to condo buyers at the development, has been found by local tax assessors to apply to three other new luxury developments in the city.
August 31, 2010
WHAT IS the so-called "Florida loophole," and why is it such a bone of contention in Philadelphia? Under reciprocity agreements with Florida and some other states, Pennsylvanians can get nonresident permits from those states through the mail to carry concealed weapons, even without a Pennsylvania permit. Philly cops say it allows people who have been denied a gun permit in Philadelphia to circumvent local authorities. But gun-rights advocates say that it's necessary, because the Philadelphia Police Department is much stricter on applicants than other counties in the state.