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October 19, 2016

Philly legislator plans bill to return PPA control to city

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A member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority writes a ticket for an expired meter in Center City.

A bill set to be introduced by state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will seek to return control of the Philadelphia Parking Authority to the city. 

In a statement, Kinsey said his measure will call for removal of the operations of the PPA and its limousine and taxi service from the state. Since the state took over the authority in 2001, "there have been ongoing concerns regarding the leadership and operations of PPA," he said.

Kinsey's statement noted there has been "ongoing turmoil" at the authority ’s operation. and the legislature should explore the possibly of stripping the agency of state control.

Contacted Wednesday morning, however, a spokesperson for the state's House of Representatives was unsure how the bill would put control of the PPA back into the hands of the city. 

Kinsey's legislation would end state oversight of the PPA on June 30, 2018.

Kinsey serves the 201st Legislative District, which includes parts of Germantown and Olney.