Bill to roll back local employer mandates advances in Pa. House

Democrats walked out after Republicans voted to shut down debate on some amendments.

Tony Romeo
September 24, 2018 - 12:39 pm
The House Labor and Industry committee is shown meeting Monday morning.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) —  A bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s worker sick-leave ordinance and other local employer mandates statewide cleared a state House committee Monday morning. But opponents may be "saved by the bell," with time running out on the legislature’s two-year session. 

The bill approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee would prohibit local governments from imposing mandates on private employers and would roll back those that have been enacted since January of 2015. Democrats on the committee walked out after Republicans voted to shut down debate on some of the proposed amendments to the bill. 

"They keep on telling Philadelphia to 'fix your problems, fix your problems, fix your problems.' And as soon as they fix them — city council and the mayor fix it — they come up and they want to take those tools off us," Philadelphia Democrat Ed Neilson said. 

Republicans argue that state pre-emption of local labor laws will ensure uniform workplace policies and a predictable economic environment for businesses. Claiming Democrats were engaging in delay tactics, GOP members say they shut down debate only after Democrats tried to table the bill.