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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2017 04:09 PM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Preemption of Local Labor Mandates
During the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, labor policy has been adopted at the state level to ensure uniform workplace policies and a predictable economic environment across the state. However, in recent years local governments, sometimes in violation of state law, have been adopting local ordinances on labor policy.

Local ordinances like these are problematic for our economy as they ignore the simple fact that not all businesses are the same. Additionally, these local mandates create an uneven playing field for the businesses located inside Pennsylvania while raising the cost of compliance inside the municipality. This cost increase further hurts businesses operating separate locations inside and outside the municipality as they comply with separate policies on the same topic.

In order to address this problem, I plan to introduce in the near future legislation which would preempt local governments from passing labor policies. Not only do these local mandates increase cost, but they create an unequal foundation for Pennsylvania’s economy. As a result, the state’s revenue along with our budget is impacted by the decision of local governments.

Please join me and co-sponsor this legislation and establish a uniform labor policy throughout the commonwealth. If you have any questions contact Jordan Grant by phone at 717-767-3947 or by email at jgrant@pahousegop.com.

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Introduced as HB861