History

The League of Women Voters of Philadelphia’s membership approved its position on the City Charter in 1975; reviewed and updated portions regarding education in 1978; studied recommendations made by the City Charter Commission in June 1991; and again updated its position in 1993.

The Commission was charged with revamping Philadelphia’s city government and making provisions for integrating city and county functions into a working single governmental entity. A major product of the reform movements active in post-World War II Philadelphia, the Commission, a bi-partisan body, completely overhauled Philadelphia’s existing governmental structure and executed a document which still acts as the City’s basic frame of government today.