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Recently Enacted Commission Legislation

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Act 155 of 2016

SB 898 | PN 1064
Amends the Second Class County Code to apply existing antiwindfall provisions, in the year following a countywide reassessment, to all real estate taxes, including special levies set by referendum, individually. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 156 of 2016

SB 899 | PN 1065
Amends Title 53, Chapter 88 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Consolidated County Assessment Law), in the same manner as Act 155 of 2016. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 51 of 2015

HB 904 | PN 1124
Amends the First Class Township Code to further provide for adoption and enforcement of property maintenance codes by: (1) consolidating existing powers to enact and administer construction, occupancy and property maintenance regulations from specific sections into a new Article XXXI-A (Uniform Construction Code, Property Maintenance Code and Reserved Powers); (2) specifying that first class townships are subject to the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, and all municipal regulation governing the construction, alteration, repair and occupancy of property in the township shall conform to the act; (3) establishing consolidated provisions relating to the enactment and enforcement of property maintenance codes; and (4) expressly reserving the power of townships to enact and enforce building codes and property maintenance codes in the event Act 45 no longer supersedes individual municipal codes. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 52 of 2015

HB 906 | PN 1103
Amends the First Class Township Code by repealing language in the Code that permits the removal of an elected official from office for the failure to perform duties, a procedure invalidated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and adding language referencing pertinent provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution as the basis for removal. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 53 of 2015

HB 910 | PN 1105
Amends Act 35 of 1953 (pertaining to incorporated towns) in the same manner as Act 52 of 2015 relating to the removal of an elected official from office in towns. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 67 of 2015

SB 775 | PN 1124
Amends Title 11 (Cities) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by consolidating the Third Class City Code, as amended by Act 22 of 2014, with certain limited substantive modifications and technical changes. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 68 of 2015

SB 791 | 951
Amends the Second Class Township Code in the same manner as Act 52 and Act 53 of 2015, relating to the removal of an elected official from office in townships. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 69 of 2015

SB 793 | PN 1031
Amends the Second Class Township Code in the same manner as Act 51 of 2015, relating to the adoption and enforcement of property maintenance codes by townships. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 77 of 2015

HB 909 | PN 1126
Amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to authorize county tax claim bureaus to incur reasonably necessary costs for the rehabilitation and maintenance of property exposed to, but not sold at, an upset sale, and provides for the recovery of costs incurred relating thereto. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 85 of 2015

HB 907 | PN 2335
Amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to establish standardized requirements of a county tax claim bureau when posting property on which delinquent property taxes are due. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.


2013-2014 Legislative Session

Act 2 of 2014

HB 1529 | PN 2039
Amends the Second Class Township Code to permit townships to file copies of ordinances by electronic means with the county law library or other county office where ordinances are stored provided the county agrees to such submission and has the means to accept the ordinances electronically. Ordinances stored electronically must be accessible to the public during regular business hours at the office or at a remote location. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 11 of 2014

SB 1081 | PN 1354
Amends the First Class Township Code by: (1) permitting townships to file copies of proposed ordinances by electronic means with the county law library or other county office where ordinances are stored provided that the county agrees to such submission and has the means to accept the ordinances; (2) requiring ordinances stored electronically to be accessible to the public during regular business hours at the office or at a remote location; and (3) specifying that failure to file a copy of the ordinance with the county, or record an ordinance in a township ordinance book, within the time established by statute, will not affect the validity of the ordinance. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 22 of 2014

SB 497 | PN 1703
Reenacts, recodifies and modernizes The Third Class City Code by removing obsolete provisions, incorporating court decisions, updating language and consolidating common subjects. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 37 of 2014

HB 1719 | PN 3275
Amends Title 8 (Boroughs and Incorporated Towns) and amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, consolidating The Borough Code, as amended by Act 42 of 2012, with certain limited substantive modifications and technical changes. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 114 of 2014

HB 1772 | PN 2525
Amends the Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Act, redesignated as the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Act, by expanding the act to apply to elected and appointed sheriffs. Generally, the act: (1) requires that sheriffs elected or appointed after the effective date of this act receive training equivalent to that of deputy sheriffs; (2) delineates training and education requirements of sheriffs; (3) provides for the certification, and revocation thereof, of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs; (4) renames the Deputy Sherriff's' Education and Training Board to the Sherriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Board, and charges the board with specified powers and duties; and (5) removes the provision in the act that permits the transfer of monies from the special restricted account in the State Treasury into the General Fund that are deemed in excess of that which is needed for purposes of the training program. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 199 of 2014

HB 1773 | PN 4312
Extensively amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, commonly known as Act 47, by among other things: (1) adding elements to be considered by a coordinator when developing a recovery plan for a municipality declared distressed; (2) providing for an annual performance review of a coordinator by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED); (3) requiring a distressed municipality to begin its annual budget formulation process at least 120 days prior to the required date for the adoption of the budget and subjecting the proposed budget to review and modification by the coordinator to ensure compliance with the recovery plan; (4) codifying the Early Intervention Program; (5) adding a subchapter providing for a timeline relating to duration that a municipality may remain under the provisions of Act 47; (6) authorizing the levy of additional optional taxes and increases in rate of those taxes in lieu of other taxes that currently are authorized to be imposed; (7) further providing objective criteria to be evaluated by the Secretary of DCED when considering termination of distressed status and the right of appeal by delineated parties related to a decision on termination; (8) adding a chapter providing for procedures for disincorporation of nonviable municipalities; (9) extending provisions relating to a declaration of financial emergency by the Governor and receivership to all classes of municipalities; (10) adding provisions related to a distressed municipality transitioning from receivership; and (11) making technical changes. This act was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 110 of 2013

HB 1225 | PN 1832
Amends Title 45 (Legal Notices) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by permitting the Local Government Commission to electronically publish five municipal codes in lieu of or in addition to, printed copies. Electronic publications are to be maintained on the Commission's website and updated within 60 days of enactment of amendments to the codes. This bill was sponsored by the Local Government Commission.


2011-2012 Legislative Session

Act 43 of 2012

HB 1702 | PN 3331
Reenacts, recodifies, and modernizes "The Borough Code" by removing obsolete provisions, incorporating court decisions, updating language, and consolidating common subjects.

Act 53 of 2011

HB 1448 | PN 1738
Amends Act 566 of 1956, relating to authorizing the council of any incorporated town to create the office of town manager, by permitting the town council to enter into an employment agreement with the town manager for a term of up to two years. The agreement may provide for the terms and conditions of employment and a severance package for the manager, but it is neither a guarantee of employment through the term of the agreement, nor does it confer upon the township manager any legal remedy based upon specific performance.

Act 54 of 2011

HB 1449 | PN 1739
Amends “The Borough Code” in a manner similar to Act 53 of 2011.

Act 73 of 2011

SB 828 | PN 846
Amends “The First Class Township Code” in a manner similar to Act 53 of 2011.

Act 74 of 2011

SB 829 | PN 847
Amends “The Second Class Township Code” in a manner similar to Act 53 of 2011.

Act 75 of 2011

SB 830 | PN 848
Amends “The Third Class City Code” by adding an article creating and providing for the powers and duties of a city administrator or manager. It also adds provisions similar to Act 53 of 2011

Act 99 of 2011

HB 1459 | PN 1765
Amends "The Third Class City Code" (Code) by permitting the mayor or other elected or appointed officials in cities that have adopted an optional charter under the Optional Third Class City Charter Law, or an optional plan under Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Chapters 30 and 31, or any other law permitting the mayor or other officials to promote a candidate, to continue to promote police officers notwithstanding certain provisions of the Code that authorize city council to make an appointment from certified names on an eligibility list. This law is retroactive to promotions made on or after October 19, 2010.

Act 100 of 2011

HB 1460 | PN 1766
Amends "The First Class Township Code" by: (1) clarifying that background investigations of candidates for original appointments to a police or fire force may be restricted to those candidates on an eligibility list or those certified for hiring by the civil service commission, and (2) specifying that fitness and agility tests and medical and psychological examinations may, but need not, be required as part of a promotional examination. This law is retroactive to October 19, 2010, as it relates to promotional examinations.

Act 104 of 2011

HB 1461 | PN 2625
Amends "The Borough Code" by: (1) clarifying that background investigations of candidates for original appointments to a police or fire force may be restricted to those candidates on an eligibility list or those certified for hiring by the civil service commission; (2) specifying that fitness and agility tests and medical and psychological examinations may, but need not, be required as part of a promotional examination; and (3) grandfathering elected officials who are employed in boroughs, which in the last decennial census exceeded 3,000 in population, who would otherwise be prohibited from serving as either an elected official or an employee of the borough. This law is retroactive to October 27, 2010, as it relates to promotional examinations. Items 1 and 2 of this act were sponsored by the Local Government Commission.

Act 106 of 2011

SB 834 | PN 1669
Amends Title 16 (Counties) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by adding a subchapter to be known as the "County Officer and Employee Fiscal Security Act." This act is intended to provide a means of protection in the event of a loss of money or other county property by county officers and employees due to a breach of fiduciary duty, or a failure to perform duties faithfully, or to account properly for all money and property received by virtue of the office of employment, or because of fraudulent or dishonest acts, including, but not limited to, embezzlement, theft, forgery, similar acts of dishonesty, or fraud. Among other things, the act would: (1) apply to counties of the second through eighth class, including home rule counties; (2) permit the county commissioners or legislative policy-making bodies in home rule counties to set the amount of security, and to select the form of security (bond, blanket bond, or crime fidelity insurance) that will be used to protect counties in the event of loss by a county official or employee acting in a fiduciary capacity with regard to county or Commonwealth funds or property; (3) place responsibility on the county governing body to annually determine the amount of required security; (4) provide for the purchase of additional coverage to afford adequate insurance, indemnifying against the loss of money and property through robbery, burglary, and larceny; and (5) repeal outdated bonding amounts specified in the County and Second Class County Codes.


2009-2010 Legislative Session

Act 27 of 2010

SB 0916 | PN 1102
Amends the "Second Class County Code" to extend, from May until July, the annual filing of the county controller's settlement of accounts with the Department of Community and Economic Development. Editorial changes are also provided.

Act 67 of 2010

HB 1671 | PN 2112
Amends Act 407 of 1963, an act creating a county records committee which consisted of 15 members appointed by the Governor, by increasing the membership of the committee to include the appointment of a county clerk of the orphans' court.

Act 75 of 2010

HB 1515 | PN 4283
Amends "The First Class Township Code," for the purposes of, generally, making the code comport with State and federal anti-discrimination laws, including the federal "Americans with Disabilities Act," and further providing for civil service promotion procedures.

Act 76 of 2010

HB 1516 | PN 4284
Amends Act 272 of 1933, an act providing for the appointment, promotion, reduction, removal, and reinstatement of paid fire officers and certain employes in third class cities, in a manner similar to and for the same purposes as Act 75, above, insofar as the act provides for firefighters and other civil service positions.

Act 77 of 2010

HB 1517 | PN 4285
Amends "The Third Class City Code" in a manner similar to and for the same purposes as Act 75, above, insofar as the code provides for police and other civil service positions.

Act 78 of 2010

HB 1518 | PN 4286
Amends Act 45 of 1941, an act which provides for civil service for police in incorporated towns (Bloomsburg), for the same purposes as Act 75, above, insofar as the act provides for police and other civil service positions.

Act 91 of 2010

SB 0910 | PN 2242
Amends "The Borough Code," for the purposes of, generally, making the code comport with State and federal anti-discrimination laws, including the federal "Americans with Disabilities Act," and further providing for civil service promotion procedures.

Act 92 of 2010

SB 0912 | PN 2243
Amends Act 427 of 1945, an act which provides for civil service for firefighters in incorporated towns (Bloomsburg), for the same purposes in Act 91, above, insofar as this act provides for firefighters and other civil service positions.

Act 93 of 2010

SB 0918 | PN 2205
Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Pa.C.S.) by adding a Chapter entitled "Consolidated County Assessment Law" for the purposes of consolidating several real property assessment statutes into a combined whole, removing outdated language, and codifying pertinent case law. The new assessment law, which originally constituted the text of the bill, was sponsored by the Local Government Commission. This act repeals Act 348 of 1931, referred to as the "Third Class County Assessment Board Law," "The Fourth to Eighth Class and Selective County Assessment Law," and portions of "The County Code." Furthermore, it repeals inconsistent acts as well as "The General County Assessment Law" as the Law applies to counties of the second class A through the eighth class. In addition, the act amends Title 53 of the Pa.C.S. by (1) providing for intergovernmental cooperation agreements for fire protection services and personnel between the City of Pittsburgh and qualified boroughs; and (2) adding a Chapter entitled "Municipal Pensions" and a Subchapter entitled "Cities of the Second Class," the latter of which requires that any proceeds generated in connection with the lease or sale of the City of Pittsburgh's Parking Authority garages will be deposited for the benefit of the City's municipal pension system.