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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 14, 2020 03:51 PM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi
To: All House members
Subject: Clarifying Remote Meeting Exception Applies to Boards and Commissions (Former HB 2619)
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic it became clear that some of the municipal codes made it difficult for governing bodies of municipalities to meet remotely. While the legislature took action to give municipalities more flexibility to conduct business in these unprecedented times, adding clarification would make it easier for them to serve the public. 
Act 15 of 2020 amended Title 35 Pa.C.S. pertaining to municipal powers during a declared emergency or disaster to provide a mechanism and standards for governing bodies of municipalities to meet remotely only during the COVID-19 emergency.  The act also included a permanent change to Title 35 which provided that during a declared disaster or emergency, a governing body does not need to be physically present at any one location in order to conduct business if a quorum is otherwise established by the participating members through an authorized telecommunication device.
This amendment would clarify that provisions added to Title 35 Pa.C.S., Section 7501 (General authority of political subdivisions) contained in Act 15 of 2020 regarding remote meetings during a declaration of disaster or emergency by the Governor apply to boards and commissions of political subdivisions. Providing this clarification would make it easier for all of our municipalities to continue to function and serve the public during these challenging times.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.


Introduced as HB79