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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 12, 2019 03:34 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Electing Municipal Authority Board Members
Currently, there are over 2,600 municipal authorities across the Commonwealth that manage and directly raise funds from our constituents. The governing bodies of municipal authorities can alter the authority’s rates or rules without having to go before the voters. Municipal authorities, which have the power to reach into our wallets, should not operate without voter oversight.

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to provide for the election of municipal authority board members. Authorities incorporated by one municipality will have a board of five members. Authorities incorporated by two or more municipalities will have a board of at least five members. Three will be elected from the authority at large and one from each municipality that incorporated or joined.

Terms will be six years with one-third of the board up for election every municipal election.

I hope you will cosponsor this important piece of legislation to let the voters have oversight of their municipal authorities.

Introduced as HB2583