Local Government Commission

of the  

Pennsylvania General Assembly

County Code & Second Class County Code Consolidation & Revision

In March 2011, with authorization by the Local Government Commission, staff began providing support to the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials (PSAECO) County Code Revision Committee with the consolidation and update of the County Code and the Second Class County Code, as the latter pertains to second class A counties. Presently, the County Code applies to third through eighth class counties and the Second Class County Code applies to second and second class A counties. The County Code and the Second Class County Code have not undergone comprehensive updates since their enactments in 1955 and 1953, respectively. PSAECO represents the statewide associations of county commissioners, auditors, controllers, coroners, district attorneys, prothonotaries and clerks of courts, recorders of deeds, registers of wills and clerks of orphans' courts, sheriffs and treasurers.

The purpose of the revision, in addition to integration of the two codes, is to amend the combined code to reflect case law and current practices, standards and requirements, as well as update outdated or archaic language and make provisions of the codes consistent where practicable. The Revision Committee and Commission staff have only included changes for which the stakeholders could reach consensus.

The Revision Committee and staff typically met every three months. In addition, a separate subcommittee on fiscal affairs of county commissioners, controllers, auditors and treasurers met bimonthly for over a year, and a subcommittee of the County Directors of Veterans Affairs convened a number of times as well. Appropriate state agencies were also consulted as part of the process. Finally, representatives of the statewide row officer associations that make up PSAECO, including relevant committees of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, reviewed the draft legislation and provided comments, which have been addressed and incorporated. In Fall 2017, the Local Government Commission unanimously voted to introduce the County Code revision legislation, which is Senate Bill 1005 of 2017.

Information on Senate Bill 1005 of 2017:

Upon the County Code revision bill going through the legislative process and being enacted, the County Code will apply to second class A through eighth class counties and the Second Class County Code will remain in effect for second class counties. Following enactment, Commission staff looks to work with the Legislative Reference Bureau to place the County Code into Title 16 (Counties) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which has occurred with the Borough Code (Title 8) and the Third Class City Code (Title 11).