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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2012 10:54 AM
From: Senator Kim L. Ward
To: All Senate members
Subject: Memo #9 – Local Voter Referendums
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will permit local and county governments throughout the Commonwealth to utilize general voter referendums.

Currently, there are few special circumstances where local governments can put measures on the ballot for voter approval or denial. Beyond increased debt proposals and special legislative provisions, these local governments do not have the ability to seek the will of the populace in large scale projects or measures.

My legislation would broaden the ability of local governments to use voter referendums on items like tax increases, capital projects and ordinances.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 717-787-6063.

Introduced as SB65