Pittsburgh council postpones action on police-related legislation

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Pittsburgh City Council today voted to hold for two weeks a trio of bills meant to address staffing issues and accounting problems in the embattled police bureau.

They include Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith's bill to establish a minimum staffing policy for the bureau meant to spur hiring. Another bill, which she also sponsored, would establish a trust fund for money collected by the bureau's special events office.

Council President Darlene Harris' bill to codify the $3.85 per officer per hour fee charged to businesses that hire police officers was also held. She attempted to amend the bill to raise the fee to 10 percent of a fourth-year officer's wages, which would raise the fee to $4.28 per officer per hour. That amendment failed.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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