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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 10, 2013 04:50 PM
From: Senator Michael L. Waugh
To: All Senate members
Subject: Requiring School Districts to Notify Municipalities of Plans to Acquire Property
I am reintroducing legislation that amends Act 14 of 1949 (the Public School Code) to place notification requirements upon a school district when it plans to acquire property. Under this bill, the school district must notify a municipality when it plans to acquire property within that municipality. This was Senate Bill 1517 of the 2011-12 session of the General Assembly.

This proposal was brought to my attention by a former township supervisor who found that since no advance notice is required before a school district acquires land or buildings, there can be no time for local officials to prepare for such a substantial impact. It is important to point out that this provision in no way impedes the current right of a school district to acquire property, but rather is designed to give a municipality some advance notice in order to prepare for any necessary infrastructure improvements, or to make changes to its comprehensive plan or zoning ordinance.

Co-sponsors of Senate Bill 1517 were Senators Argall, Eichelberger, Erickson, Fontana, Pileggi and Rafferty.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Greg Beckenbaugh in my office at 787-3817 or at gbeckenbaugh@pasen.gov .

Introduced as SB910