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May 23, 2022
C70 Testimony on Bill Nos. 220049, 220360, and 220361
Testimony submitted to Philadelphia's City Council Committee on Law and Government
May 11, 2022
Committee of Seventy Awarded $850,000 to Strengthen Democracy and Build Trust in Pennsylvania’s Elections
The nonprofit’s largest ever single grant will also fund voter outreach and support for election workers.
April 28, 2022 • Press Releases
New Reform Legislation Would Add Transparency, Public Input to Opaque Redistricting Process
Councilmember Derek Green today introduced his second package of reform legislation this year, this time proposing a special commission to gather public input for redrawing Philadelphia’s 10 City Council districts.
April 20, 2022 • Press Releases
Councilmember’s Trial Highlights the Need for Reforms to Ethics Rules and Council Prerogative
The public will have to wait for a final outcome in Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson's trial. In the meantime, there is work to be done to bolster Philadelphians’ trust in City Hall.
February 15, 2022 • Letters & Testimony
Priorities for Safe and Secure 2022 Elections
Unprecedented collaboration among various stakeholders and an extraordinary increase in resources were necessary to make the 2020 elections successful. The City Commissioners and their staff will need the support of city and state officials, civic and community leaders, and businesses throughout Philadelphia again this year to ensure safe, secure, and accessible elections.
January 26, 2022
C70 Testimony on Philadelphia City Council Redistricting - Bill No. 220003
C70 Policy Director Patrick Christmas provides testimony regarding City Council's proposed map.
January 12, 2022
C70 Letter to the PA House of Representatives Opposing HB38
To those who value our system of checks and balances, House Bill 38 contemplates a fundamentally different relationship between the legislative and judicial branches wherein the former has unequal power over the latter. Such a change would irreparably and severely impair the governance of the Commonwealth, and would harm the independence and impartiality of our court system. C70 urges the PA House to not advance this proposed constitutional amendment and allow HB 38 to lapse at the end of this session.
December 01, 2021
Press Coverage of People Over Politics Movement
On Monday, November 29th, the Committee of Seventy joined a number of elected officials and good government groups including the League of Women Voters and Common Cause, in calling for reforms to combat corruption in Philadelphia.
November 30, 2021 • Press Releases
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt to Serve as President & CEO of Committee of Seventy
Today, the Committee of Seventy’s Board of Directors announced that Al Schmidt has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania’s long standing nonpartisan advocate for better government.
November 15, 2021 • Press Releases
Statement on the Conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty
The conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 business manager John Dougherty marks a historic break from business as usual in Philadelphia politics.