FREQUENTLY CITED MUNICIPAL LAWS OF PENNSYLVANIA

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Municipal Codes

"Optional Third Class City Charter Law" Act 399 of 1957, P.L. 901; 53 P.S. 41101
"Second Class County Code" Act 230 of 1953, P.L. 723; 16 P.S. 3101
"The Borough Code" Act 581 of 1965, P.L. 1656; 53 P.S. 45101
"The County Code" Act 130 of 1955, P.L. 323; 16 P.S. 101
"The First Class Township Code" Act 331 of 1931, P.L. 1206; 53 P.S. 55101
"The Second Class Township Code" Act 69 of 1933, P.L. 103; 53 P.S. 65101
"The Third Class City Code" Act 317 of 1931, P.L. 932; 53 P.S. 35101

Other Codes

"Eminent Domain Code" Act 6 of 1964(1), P.L. 84; 26 P.S. 1-101
"General Local Government Code" 53 Pa.C.S. 101
"Pennsylvania Election Code" Act 320 of 1937, P.L. 1333; 25 P.S. 2601
"Public School Code of 1949" Act 14 of 1949, P.L. 30; 24 P.S. 1-101
"The Library Code" Act 188 of 1961, P.L. 324; 24 P.S. 4101
"The Administrative Code of 1929" Act 175 of 1929, P.L. 177; 71 P.S. 51
"Vehicle Code" 75 Pa.C.S. 101

Important Laws Relating to Local Government

"Antibid-Rigging Act" 62 Pa.C.S. 4501
Area Government and Intergovernmental Cooperation 53 Pa.C.S. 2301
Assessment -- (1)Second Class County Assessment Law Act 294 of 1939, P.L. 626; 72 P.S. 5452.1
     (2)"The General County Assessment Law" Act 155 of 1933, P.L. 853; 72 P.S. 5020-101
     (3)Third Class County Assessment Board Law Act 348 of 1931, P.L. 1379; 72 P.S. 5342
     (4)"The Fourth to Eighth Class County Assessment Law" Act 254 of 1943, P.L. 571; 72 P.S. 5453.101
Clean and Green Act "Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974" Act 319 of 1974, P.L. 973; 72 P.S. 5490.1
Cooperative Purchasing (Piggyback) (in "The Administrative Code of 1929") Act 175 of 1929, P.L. 177, Section 2403; 71 P.S. 633
County Government (Salaries 2-8 class) Act 113 of 1971, P.L. 495; 16 P.S. 11011-1
Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act Act 101 of 1976, P.L. 424; 53 P.S. 891
Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law (Heart & Lung) Act 193 of 1935, P.L. 477; 53 P.S. 637
Fire Escrow Law (in "The Insurance Company Law of 1921") Act 284 of 1921, P.L. 682, Section 508; 40 P.S. 638
Foreign Casualty Insurance Premium Tax Allocation Law (State funding for local pensions) Act 120 of 1943, P.L. 259; 72 P.S. 2263.1
"Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Distribution Law" (in the "Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act") Act 205 of 1984, P.L. 1005, 701; 53 P.S. 895.701
General Road Law Act 169 of 1836, P.L. 551; 36 P.S. 1781
"Home Rule Charter and Optional Plans Law" 53 Pa.C.S. 2901
"Homestead Property Exclusion Program Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 8581
"Lethal Weapons Training Act" Act 235 of 1974, P.L. 705; 22 P.S. 41
Liquid Fuels Tax Municipal Allocation Law Act 655 of 1955, P.L. 1944; 72 P.S. 2615.1
Local Agency Law; Judicial Review of Agency Action 2 Pa.C.S. 551; 751
"Local Government Unit Debt Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 8001
"Local Tax Collection Law" Act 394 of 1945, P.L. 1050; 72 P.S. 5511.1
"Local Taxpayers Bill of Rights Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 8421
"Motor Vehicle Procurement Act" 62 Pa.C.S. 3731
Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law Act 153 of 1923, P.L. 207; 53 P.S. 7101
"Municipal Consolidation or Merger Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 731
"Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act" Act 205 of 1984, P.L. 1005; 53 P.S. 895.101
Municipal Police--Intrastate Hot Pursuit 42 Pa.C.S. 8953
Municipal Police Officers" Education and Training Law 53 Pa.C.S. 2161
Municipal Police Pension Law (Act 600) Act 600 of 1955, P.L. 1804; 53 P.S. 767
"Municipal Reapportionment Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 901
"Municipal Records Act" 53 Pa.C.S. 1381
"Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act" (Act 101) Act 101 of 1988, P.L. 556; 53 P.S. 4000.101
"Municipalities Financial Recovery Act" (Distressed Municipalities) Act 47 of 1987, P.L. 246; 53 P.S. 11701.101
"Municipality Authorities Act of 1945" Act 164 of 1945, P.L. 382; 53 P.S. 301
Open Records Law (Right-To-Know) Act 212 of 1957, P.L. 390; 65 P.S. 66.1
Optional Retirement Law--Third Class Cities Act 362 of 1945, P.L. 903; 53 P.S. 39371
"Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law" Act 15 of 1974, P.L. 34; 53 P.S. 881.101
"Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code" (M.P.C. or PA M.P.C.) Act 247 of 1968, P.L. 805; 53 P.S. 10101
"Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act" (Act 537) Act 537 of 1965, P.L. 1535; 35 P.S. 750.1
"Pennsylvania Voter Registration Act" Act 25 of 1995, P.L. 170; 25 P.S. 961.101
Police Officers--Benefits to Nonunion Officers (Police Chief Pay Law) Act 204 of 1984, P.L. 1004; 43 P.S. 218
Police Tenure Act Act 144 of 1951, P.L. 586; 53 P.S. 811
Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act 42 Pa.C.S. 8501
"Public Employe Relations Act" (Act 195) Act 195 of 1970, P.L. 563; 43 P.S. 1101.101
"Public Official and Employee Ethics Act" 65 Pa.C.S. 1101
"Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act" (911) Act 78 of 1990, P.L. 340; 35 P.S. 7011
Public Works Contract Regulation Law 62 Pa.C.S. 3901
"Public Works Contractors" Bond Law of 1967" Act 385 of 1967, P.L. 869; 8 P.S. 191
"Real Estate Tax Sale Law" Act 542 of 1947, P.L. 1368; 72 P.S. 5860.101
"Steel Products Procurement Act" Act 3 of 1978, P.L. 6; 73 P.S. 1881
Sterling Act (Philadelphia City Taxation) Act 45 of 1932(1), P.L. 45; 53 P.S. 15971
"Sunshine Act" (Open Meetings) 65 Pa.C.S. 701
The Clean Streams Law Act 394 of 1937, P.L. 1987; 35 P.S. 691.1
"The Local Tax Enabling Act" (Act 511) Act 511 of 1965, P.L. 1257; 53 P.S. 6901
Underground Utility Line Protection Law (One-Call) Act 287 of 1974, P.L. 852; 73 P.S. 176
"Whistleblower Law" Act 169 of 1986, P.L. 1559; 43 P.S. 1421

NOTES: The use of quotation marks in identifying the name of a law indicates that the formal short title is being referenced. In cases where a short title does not exist, a common, descriptive, or informal designation is used.

       Following the short title or descriptive designation of the law is either a single citation or two citations.

       A single citation is used when reference is made to a law codified within a specific title of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Pa.C.S.). This is the official citation for these codified laws. Both the volume number of the consolidated statute title and the section number of the first provision of the cited law are provided.

       Not all laws are codified in the Pa.C.S. When a reference is made to a noncodified, free-standing law, two citations are provided. The "official citation" for the noncodified law is provided first, followed by the citation in Purdon's Statutes (P.S.), an unofficial annotated compilation of Pennsylvania Laws produced by the West Group. The official citation includes the act number and year (with special session number, when applicable), along with the pamphlet law (P.L.) designation which is the page designation of the law in the applicable year's Sessions Laws. For those cases in which the law referred to is only a portion of the act cited, the relevant section or sections of the act are provided. The second citation references the law as placed, by volume and section, in Purdon's Statutes.

       As a part of its compilation of free-standing or non-codified laws, Purdon's also offers a parallel, annotated version of the official consolidated statutes and the citation to the annotated consolidated statutes in Purdon's is Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated (Pa.C.S.A.).

January 1999