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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2022 04:00 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman and Rep. Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Engineers Package (Prior HB 1542, HB 1543, HB 1544, HB 1545 of 2021-2022)
Pennsylvania law currently restricts most municipalities to the appointment of only one township, borough, or city engineer to perform duties under the direction of municipal government officials.  In some of these municipalities, this restriction has created a backlog of land development applications, which has significantly delayed the review and approval process, and has even given rise to occurrences of excessively competitive pricing withing these locales.

In the interest of making the land development application process more efficient and less financially prohibitive, we are introducing a package of bills which will require townships of the first and second class, boroughs, and third class cities to appoint at least two engineers through a  competitive bid process.  Granting this flexibility to municipalities will help ease any back log that has accumulated and stifled developmental progress.  If a municipality is unable to appoint the required number of engineers, they may received a waiver from the Department of Labor and Industry so long as the municipality completes a certification form disclosing its solicitation methods and number of qualified bids received.

I ask you to please join us in supporting this legislative package to ensure that townships, boroughs, and third class cities throughout Pennsylvania have all the tools necessary to thrive and proper.


Document #1

Introduced as HB569

Description: The first piece of legislation addresses boroughs.  Previous HB 1542 cosponsors: Greiner, Rozzi, Hill-Evans, Maloney, Jones and Millard

Document #2

Introduced as HB570

Description: The second piece of legislation addresses first class townships. Previous HB 1543 cosponsors: Rozzi, Greiner, Hill-Evans, Maloney, Jones and Millard

Document #3

Introduced as HB571

Description: The third piece of legislation addresses second class townships.  Previous HB 1544 cosponsors: Rozzi, Greiner, Hill-Evans, Maloney, Jones and Millard

Document #4

Introduced as HB572

Description: The fourth piece of legislation addresses third class cities.  Previous HB 1545 cosponsors: Rozzi, Greiner, Hill-Evans, Maloney, Jones and Millard