First Class Township Code Recodification & Incorporation into Title 73 of PA.C.S.
The First Class Township Code, enacted in 1931, has not undergone a comprehensive update since 1949. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners (PSATC) in association with the Pennsylvania Municipal League requested the ongoing participation, technical advice and expertise of the Local Government Commission staff in a comprehensive revision of the code, based on the Commission's experience with the Second Class Township Code recodification in 1995, the Borough Code recodification in 2012, the Third Class City Code recodification in 2014, and the consolidation of the Second Class County Code into the County Code as it pertains to second class A counties in conjunction with the County Code recodification currently.
In March 2016, Commission staff began teaming with a PSATC working group to update the First Class Township Code. In addition to Commission staff, the working group consists of township commissioners and managers from each of PSATC's three regions (central, west and east) as well as PSATC legal counsel and staff. The working group convenes at least quarterly.
The purpose of the revision is to amend the First Class Township Code to reflect case law and current practices, standards and requirements, as well as update archaic language or language that is in conflict with other statutes. The working group will only include changes in the draft for which the stakeholders can reach consensus. The ultimate goal is to develop an up-to-date code and present it to Commission Members for their consideration in sponsoring it as a bill.
Upon the First Class Township Code recodification bill going through the legislative process and being enacted, the Commission staff envisions working with the Legislative Reference Bureau to place the code into Title 73 (Townships) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which has occurred with the Borough Code (Title 8) in 2014 and the Third Class City Code (Title 11) in 2015.