Both ballot questions pass, changing city charter

Inquirer staff writer Kristen Graham reports:

Philadelphians have approved two ballot questions changing the city charter.

One posthumously promotes Philadelphia police officers, firefighters and paramedics who die in the line of duty. That means increased support for survivors, since death benefits are based on an officer or employee’s rank.

The measure passed overwhelmingly.

The second changes rules for how City Council lets the public know about meetings, legislation and contracts up for bid. It passed with strong support, and gives Council more latitude in deciding how and when required notices are disseminated.

Now, for instance, legal advertisements must run in the city’s top three paid-circulation newspapers: The Inquirer, Daily News and Legal Intelligencer.

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