Mayor Cherelle L. Parker Signs Three Additional Public Safety Bills into Law

PHILADELPHIA – Today, Mayor Cherelle L. Parker signed into law three bills that will protect the public from the dangers of rate-of-fire acceleration devices (guns), excessive speeding on major roadways, and evictions – furthering the mayor’s vision for a Safer, Cleaner and Greener City, with Access to Economic Opportunity for All.

“We will not accept gun violence, hazardous roads, or irresponsible eviction practices in our city. Today, I proudly signed three pieces of legislation reaffirming my administration’s dedication to enhancing public safety in our communities,” Mayor Cherelle L. Parker said at today’s bill-signing ceremony at City Hall.” We will not rest until order is restored to Philadelphia. Today we take another step closer towards a Safer, Cleaner and Greener Philadelphia, with Access to Economic Opportunity for All.”

Mayor Parker was joined at today’s news conference by Philadelphia City Councilmembers Curtis Jones Jr. (4th District), Mark Squilla (1st District), and Kendra Brooks (At -Large), the sponsors of the three bills which the mayor signed into law.

Here are the three bills, and what they call for, signed by the mayor today:

Gun ‘Switch’ Legislation 
Introduced by Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr. in May and signed by Mayor Parker today, (Bill No. 240472), bans the production, purchase, sale, transfer, or possession of rate-of-fire acceleration devices, including switches, in the City of Philadelphia.

“The bill helps to level the ballistic playing field so that police officers and citizens are not outgunned,” said City Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr.(4th District).

Broad Street Automated Speed Cameras 

Introduced by Councilmember Mark Squilla in May and signed by Mayor Parker today, (Bill No. 240434), allows for the installation of automated speed cameras on Broad Street. By slowing drivers down, we make crashes less likely to happen – saving lives and making our city a safer place to travel for everyone, motorists included.

“I was pleased to sponsor and pass legislation to expand speed cameras to Broad St. We became aware it is the road with the highest pedestrian fatalities and are hopeful that the cameras will prevent accidents in the future,” said City Councilmember Mark Squilla (1st District).

Landlord Tenant Officers’ Eviction Training 

Introduced by Councilmember Kendra Brooks in January and signed by Mayor Parker today, (Bill No. 240018), ensures that any entity carrying out an eviction, has the proper training to do so. This involves mandating a requirement for more training for individuals or private entities that carry out evictions of tenants.

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