Local Government Commission

of the  

Pennsylvania General Assembly

Incorporation of County Code into Title 16 of Pa.C.S.

The comprehensive County Code and Second Class County Code Consolidation and Revision, as the latter code pertains to second class A counties, became law as Act 154 of 2018 on October 24th and went into effect 60 days thereafter on December 24th. The Second Class County Code remains in effect for second class counties.

As the next step, Commission staff will work with the Legislative Reference Bureau to place the County Code into Title 16 (Counties) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes as has similarly occurred with the Borough Code (Title 8) and the Third Class City Code (Title 11). Upon completing the draft legislation, staff plans to propose its introduction by the Commission in early fall of 2019. The Title 16 bill substantively would be the same as the County Code as amended by Act 154 of 2018, but would be restructured to conform to consolidated statute format. The goal is to have the Title 16 legislation enacted before the end of the 2019-2020 Legislative Session.

The purpose of an initial omnibus amendment to the County Code with Act 154 of 2018 was to make all the changes transparent to the Members of the General Assembly. Those changes would not have been transparent had the omnibus amendment been part of a recodification of the County Code into Title 16.