THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY ARGALL, ALLOWAY AND RAFFERTY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
REFERRED TO COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
Providing for cooperation between political subdivisions and for
the award of grants to recognize such cooperation.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Political
Subdivision Communication and Cooperation Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Department." The Department of Community and Economic
Development of the Commonwealth.
"Governing body." The council in a city, borough and
incorporated town, the board of commissioners in a county, the
board of commissioners in a township of the first class, the
board of supervisors in a township of the second class, or the
legislative policymaking body in a home rule municipality and
the board of school directors in a school district.
"Municipality." A city, borough, incorporated town, township
or other similar home rule charter or optional plan
Section 3. Joint meetings.
(a) Counties.--At least once every three months, the
governing body of a county shall participate in a joint meeting
with the governing body of at least one other contiguous county.
(b) Municipalities.--At least once every three months, the
governing body of a municipality shall participate in a joint
meeting with the governing body of at least one other contiguous
(c) School district.--At least once every three months, the
governing body of a school district shall participate in a joint
meeting with the governing body of each municipality that is
situate partly or wholly within the school district.
(d) Nature of discussions.--At these joint meetings, the
members of the governing body may discuss items including, but
not limited to, areas of common interest, mutual goals, current
or proposed programs, potential cost-cutting efforts and the
ability to achieve greater economies by working in a cooperative
(e) Reports.--By February 1 of each year, each county,
municipality and school district shall submit a one-page report
summarizing any meetings held under to this act to the
(f) Existing forums.--Participation in an existing
association, organization or forum shall be an acceptable
meeting for the purposes of this act as long as a contiguous
county, municipality or school district is involved and the
entire governing body is able to participate in the meeting.
(g) Notice.--Each year the department shall send a notice to
any county, municipality and school district that fails to
participate in a meeting required by this act. The notice shall
also note the benefits and cost savings that may be achieved by
communicating with neighboring jurisdictions and participating
in cooperative programs.
Section 4. Recognition of effort.
(a) General rule.--Each year, as part of the Governor's
Award for Local Government Excellence, the Governor's Center for
Local Government Services shall review the reports submitted by
political subdivisions and recognize the most significant and
successful intergovernmental cooperation effort. The Governor's
Center for Local Government Services may request additional
information on intergovernmental cooperation efforts in order to
determine which project or projects to recognize.
(b) Grants.--The department shall provide grants from funds
appropriated to it to support the projects the Governor's Center
for Local Government Services has chosen to recognize under this
act. The department shall determine the number and amount of the
Section 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect January 1, 2012, or immediately,
whichever is later.