PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a bill that could give voters an opportunity to decide whether city police and employees should be required to live within city limits.
The Tuesday vote means the question could be put on ballots for the November election, but it’s not clear how the results will impact an ongoing dispute between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, which has challenged the requirement. An arbitration panel is currently hearing that case and a ruling is expected in the fall.
A city lawyer advised the council that they had the legal authority to put the question to voters.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl must sign the measure within 10 days for it to go on the ballot.