As you may recall, recently, Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a proposed bill that would require certain music venues to record the contact information of performers, report that information to the police, and give Police the opportunity to approve or deny "temporary music licenses." The proposed bill was met derisively across social media as well as in the local Philly press. Well, after a sound thrashing from the community, Squilla has withdrawn his proposed bill. Squilla stated, ""There's been so much confusion and misinformation about the bill that, even if we struck that out, some people would show up to oppose it, not understanding what they were opposing." Though, it's worth noting, that Squilla did not deny that the bill required the collection of personal information and police authorization.
by John Gentile