Legislative Update in Pennsylvania

March 2012Articles In the Zone

House Bill No. 1702 proposes to reenact and amend what is commonly referred to as the Borough Code, which has been substantial in its current form since 1966. According to an executive summary on the proposed revisions to the Borough Code, the Pennsylvania General Assembly Local Government Commission ("Local Government Commission") wrote that the proposed legislation "seeks to modernize and recodify the Borough Code," which it adds is "an effort that has not been attempted in the last 45 years."

The Local Government Commission provides that since 2003 the Borough Code Revision Committee that was established by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs has reviewed the Borough Code in order to, among other things, remove obsolete provisions, consolidate common subjects and incorporate pertinent and updated language.

One interesting proposed addition to the Borough Code as highlighted by the Local Government Commission would "permit members of council to participate in meetings by telecommunication device provided a quorum has been established by the physical presence of a majority of the membership of council."

As for the status of the proposed legislation, the House of Representatives voted on and passed House Bill No. 1702 on December 19, 2011. The Senate is now in the process of reviewing it.

For more information, please contact David H. Comer.