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File #: 160370    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 4/28/2016 In control: Committee on Commerce & Economic Development
On agenda: Final action: 6/16/2016
Title: Amending Title 17 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Contracts and Procurement," by adding provisions requiring the City Contractors to pay subcontractors promptly and setting forth an alternative process for prompt payment, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Jones
Indexes: CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
Code sections: Title 17 - CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy16037001.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
6/28/20161 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Not available
6/16/20161 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass17:0 Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
5/26/20160 Committee on Commerce & Economic Development HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
5/26/20160 Committee on Commerce & Economic Development HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
5/26/20160 Committee on Commerce & Economic Development AMENDED   Action details Not available
5/26/20161 Committee on Commerce & Economic Development REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
4/28/20160 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available
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Amending Title 17 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Contracts and Procurement," by adding provisions requiring the City Contractors to pay subcontractors promptly and setting forth an alternative process for prompt payment, all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States with a population of over 1.5 million people, 55% of whom are minorities; and

WHEREAS, Businesses owned by minorities, women and the disabled receive less than 12% of the contracts awarded by the City; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia's current diversity and inclusion plan attempts to ensure that the economic opportunities of the City are afforded in accordance with the diversity of its population; and

WHEREAS, Representatives of government have made a commitment to working with private industry, building trades unions, educational institutions, chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations, to improve economic inclusion for businesses owned by minorities, women and the disabled; and

WHEREAS, The City's failure to timely pay its contractors results in delayed payments to businesses owned by minorities, women and the disabled performing as subcontractors; and

WHEREAS, Delayed payments to contractors requires subcontractors to finance payroll and materials for weeks or months while waiting for the City to pay its contractors, often forcing subcontractors into insolvency; and

WHEREAS, The use of a Joint Check Agreements is a best industry practice that can help them compete in the mainstream of the Philadelphia economy by providing access to operating capital; now, therefore,

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Title 17 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

TITLE 17. CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT.

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CHAPTER 17-1700.

PROMPT PAYMENT OF CITY VENDORS AND THEIR SUBCONTRACTORS.

ยง17-1701. Definitions.

(1) Procurem...

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