Proposed Legislation in Pennsylvania

September 2010Newsletters In the Zone

Senate Bill 1357 proposes to establish an unelected, statewide boundary review commission to review and make recommendations to the General Assembly for the merger, consolidation or annexation of municipalities. The boundary review commission would be in charge of recommending boundary changes to the General Assembly and affected local governments.

Interestingly, as I wrote previously , House Bill 2431 proposes to make the county the basic level of government. There currently are more than 2,500 municipalities in Pennsylvania; there are 67 counties. Representative Thomas Caltagirone of Berks County introduced House Bill 2431, which would provide the county as the basic unit of local government with jurisdiction over: (1) personnel, (2) law enforcement, (3) land use, (4) sanitation and (5) health and safety. In essence, the proposal would eliminate townships, cities and boroughs as they currently exist, and, in turn, counties would oversee operations on a much broader scale.

It will be interesting to see if either Senate Bill 1357 or House Bill 2431 gains any significant support.

For more information, please contact David H. Comer at 610.397.7963 or [email protected].