|Mayor of Philadelphia|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|City Council, District 4|
|Bachelor's||University of Pennsylvania|
Nutter was born in West Philadelphia. He earned a B.S. in business from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Nutter's political career:
- 1992-2006: Philadelphia City Council, District 4
- 2008-Present: Mayor of Philadelphia
In June 2014, the Philadelphia City Council voted 13-3 in favor of a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In short, the bill mandates that anyone in possession of an ounce of marijuana or less will face a $25 fine - instead of potential jail time. After the bill's initial passing, Nutter signaled that he might veto it. His concerns centered on how the bill would mesh with state laws. CBS News in Philadelphia quoted Nutter as saying: "we’re dealing with state laws and state statutes and court rules and regulations and a variety of things that are pretty complicated... The issue is how do we deal with it going forward, to have a consistent system, that the police officers can understand out on the street, that the courts will recognize, that the DA [the district attorney] is in support of." On September 8, 2014, however, Nutter confirmed that he will, in fact, sign the bill into law. His decision came after negotiations with council member Jim Kenney, the bill's original sponsor, in which Kenney agreed to add to the bill a penalty of a $100 fine or community service for smoking marijuana in public. The amendment will first have to be voted upon by city council before Nutter signs it into law.
As Philadelphia magazine has noted, the bill makes Philadelphia the largest city in the United States to decriminalize marijuana.
Nutter was reelected to a second term on November 8, 2011.
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayoral Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Michael Nutter Incumbent||74.7%||136,532|
Nutter is married to Lisa Nutter. They have two children named Christian and Olivia.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Michael + Nutter + Philadelphia"
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- City of Philadelphia, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on August 5, 2014
- CBS News: Philadelphia, "Nutter To Decide Whether To Sign Or Veto Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot," September 8, 2014
- Huffington Post, "Philadelphia Is About To Be America's Largest City To Decriminalize Marijuana," September 8, 2014
- Philadephia, "Nutter: Will Sign Pot Decriminalization Bill, With Tweaks," September 8, 2014
- Philadelphia Votes, "2011 - General Election," accessed on August 5, 2014
John F. Street
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