PHILADELPHIA— On Thursday, February 11th, Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District) will introduce legislation to address an issue that impacts not only residents in her district but all Philadelphians.
Bass’ Nuisance Business Bill will assure that business owners act responsibly by monitoring their premises and surroundings to prevent anti-social, destructive and nuisance behavior. Nuisance behaviors are defined as “any behavior that interferes with the health, safety and welfare of the community”, including but not limited to: illegal drug activity, illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages, gambling, loitering, litter on sidewalks, and excessive noise.
“This bill is important for the community,” Bass stated. “If businesses are proactive in deterring nuisance behavior in and around their premises, I am confident that we will see an improvement to the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
The bill will allow for the issuance of citations to businesses that violate the provisions of the new chapter of the Philadelphia Code entitled “Responsible Business Operations.” Repeat violations could result in the suspension or revocation of their commercial activity license if it has been determined that no attempts have been made to abate the nuisance behavior. Part of the process for reinstatement of the license will involve meeting with the area Registered Community Organization (RCO) to prevent further problem behavior.
Councilwoman Cindy Bass represents the 8th Council District, which includes Germantown, Mt. Airy, Nicetown, Tioga, Chestnut Hill, portions of Logan and West Oak Lane. She is Chair of Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.