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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 11, 2013 03:50 PM
From: Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Publication of School District Notices
I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 803 from last session, which will provide needed mandate relief to school districts by helping them better manage their legal advertising costs. The legislation would modify Section 106 of the Public School Code to authorize school districts to advertise public notices in a more flexible manner.

Current law requires a school district to publish public notices in a newspaper printed and circulating generally in that school district. When such notice relates to any proceeding or matter in a court, pertains to the holding of an election for increase of indebtedness, or the issue and sale of bonds to be paid by taxation, the notice is required to also be published in a legal newspaper.

Districts need the ability to exercise maximum flexibility and discretion to manage their costs. Additionally, print advertising is expensive for school districts. My legislation will provide districts with more flexibility in how to make these notices available by allowing for publishing public notices in a district newspaper, a newspaper circulating generally in the district, a legal newspaper circulating where the district is located, on the district’s official public internet website or that of a newspaper, or a community newspaper. This will provide school districts with another cost-cutting option in difficult economic times.

The sponsors of Senate Bill 803 last session were: SCARNATI, EARLL, ALLOWAY, FOLMER, ORIE, WAUGH, SOLOBAY, ERICKSON and HUGHES.

Introduced as SB652