In addition to electing a mayor, sheriff, City Council and other elective officers, voters will also decide whether to approve important ballot questions in Tuesday’s election. Below is our position on these critical ballot questions:
Proposed constitutional amendment
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to grant certain rights to crime victims, including to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity; considering their safety in bail proceedings; timely notice and opportunity to take part in public proceedings; reasonable protection from the accused; right to refuse discovery requests made by the accused; restitution and return of property; proceedings free from delay; and to be informed of these rights, so they can enforce them?
Passage would enshrine in the Pennsylvania Constitution rights that already exist in statute through the Crime Victims Act of 1998. The American Civil Liberties Union is opposed because it would “threaten long-established constitutional protections for the accused, including the presumption of innocence, the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront one’s accuser, and the right to effective assistance of counsel, among others,” Elizabeth Randol, the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s legislative director, told PennLive. Vote No.
Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($185,000,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?
If approved, funding would be used to purchase or maintain acquisitions of real estate, or construction of or improvements to buildings, streets and other infrastructure. Vote Yes.
Proposed Philadelphia City Charter change
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to revise City procurement procedures by increasing the sealed bidding threshold; by providing for procurement from local businesses; and by providing for Procurement Department regulations?
The proposed charter change would help make small, local businesses more competitive by relieving them of extensive paperwork for relatively small contracts. The proposal is also intended to increase contracting opportunities for firms owned by ethnic minorities, women and disabled persons and to return a larger portion of city procurement spending to the local economy. Vote Yes.