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Senate Resolution 323 of 2010: Mandate Study

On July 2, 2010, the Senate of Pennsylvania passed Senate Resolution (SR) 323, directing the Local Government Commission to establish a task force to study unfunded and underfunded state statutory mandates that affect Pennsylvania's municipalities—its counties, cities, boroughs, town, and townships. The resolution directed the SR 323 Task Force to compile a comprehensive list of statutory mandates placed on municipalities, which describes for each mandate whether it is federal and/or state in origin, whether it is required or discretionary, the average annual cost to municipalities if determinable, and the amount of money provided by the federal government or the Commonwealth to implement the mandate. SR 323 further charged the Task Force with making findings and recommendations on cost savings that could be achieved through partial waiver or elimination of certain mandates and possible alternative procedures that could provide a mechanism to municipalities for mandate relief.

(Note: All documents are 8½” x 11” unless otherwise noted and are formatted for two-sided printing or copying. Page counts exclude covers. The documents are available only as on-line publications.)

Downloads:

SR 323 of 2010 Report (PDF) (184 pages)

Appendix A - SR 323 of 2010 (PDF) (5 pages)

Appendix B - State Mandate Provisions (PDF) (8½” x 14”) (17 pages)

Appendix C - Review of Other States' Provisions and Recommendations (PDF) (27 pages)

Appendix D - Comprehensive List of State Statutory Mandates (PDF) (8½” x 14”) (382 pages)

Appendix E - Mandates Likely No Longer Actively Imposed or Applied (PDF) (8½” x 14”) (20 pages)

Appendix F - Sample Survey of Funding for Mandates (PDF) (4 pages)

Appendix G - Results of Survey of Funding for Mandates - FY 2011-2012 (PDF) (8½” x 14”) (60 pages)

Appendix H - Sample Pilot Study Interview Form and Pilot Study Summary Report (PDF) (14 pages)

Appendix I - Sample County and Municipal Survey Forms (PDF) (21 pages)

Appendix J - Statutes That Require Legal Advertising (PDF) (3 pages)