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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 14, 2021 09:51 AM
From: Representative Liz Hanbidge
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Tolling of Applications During a Disaster
As we’ve learned, Pennsylvania law makes it difficult for municipalities to function during an emergency, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, we enacted temporary measures to aid how municipal governments operate during a declared disaster emergency. It’s time for us to make these temporary enactments permanent so that we are prepared for the future.

For this reason, I am introducing a bill that pertains to tolling of applications before a municipal governing body, board, or commission. Under my legislation, the following will apply to any application, plan, or other submission for approval made during a declared disaster emergency:

· The number of days for the political subdivision to act will be suspended and tolled from the date of the disaster declaration until 60 after the declaration has expired;

· Political subdivisions must notify all affected applicants about the time extension and their right to request action with failure to receive notice not affect the tolling;

· Applicants may request proceedings during the time window, but it will be at the political subdivision’s discretion to fulfill the request; and

· Applicants and all other parties that receive notice of such proceedings waive any challenge to the proceedings.

I ask that you join me in sponsoring this legislation and help our municipalities.