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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 6, 2017 03:51 PM
From: Representative Paul Schemel
To: All House members
Subject: Intergovernmental Cooperation (Prior HB 1991)

Under current law, in order to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, all municipalities involved must go through the formality of enacting an ordinance detailing the specifics of the agreement. The formal enactment of an ordinance requires the publication of a legal notice and the entry of the new ordinance into the ordinance book, both of which are costly and time-consuming endeavors for municipalities.

As such, in the near future I plan to re-introduce HBs 1893, 1991, and 1992 to enable local municipalities a greater degree of flexibility and cost savings when entering into intergovernmental agreements. The focal bill of this package is former HB 1893, which amends the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Law (53 Pa. C.S.A. § 2301) by permitting a municipality to adopt a resolution instead of enacting an ordinance, unless specifically required by any other state law. After numerous discussions with varying groups and colleagues, I have also included a provision to specify that a municipality must enact an ordinance if a council of governments, consortium or a similar entity is created.

The remaining portion of the package includes a bill to amend the Second Class Township Code (former HB 1991) and a bill to Title 11 (Cities) (former HB 1992), both making technical changes to allow these municipalities to take advantage of HB 1893 of 2016.

I believe this package of bills will save both time and money, while also simplifying the process for aid and cooperation between local governments. It is important to note that the PA State Association of Boroughs, PA State Association of Township Commissioners, PA Municipal Authorities Association, and the PA Municipal League were all in support of this package last session. These bills will save your municipalities both time and money.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB480