Philly adds sharper teeth to minority contracting rules

Philadelphia City Council has approved a bill to enforce minority contracting rules more vigorously.

Under the bill, when a contractor does not meet aspirational goals for minority participation, City Council would have responsibility for enforcement, said Councilman David Oh.

“It will send a message that we have a new sheriff in town, and so hopefully, we will encourage voluntary compliance,” said Oh. “We will be a better city for it.”

Rochelle Bilal of the Philadelphia NAACP praised the measure during a council hearing.

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“It adds integrity to insure that any policies or procedures or contracts that come into this city
are fairly distributed among all of us, black and brown people included,” she said.

The bill now goes to Mayor Jim Kenney for his consideration.

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