PRINTER'S NO. 238
No. 230 Session of 2003
INTRODUCED BY ROBBINS, PUNT, LAVALLE, THOMPSON, RAFFERTY, MUSTO, WOZNIAK, MOWERY, LEMMOND, COSTA, EARLL AND RHOADES, FEBRUARY 7, 2003
REFERRED TO COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FEBRUARY 7, 2003
AN ACT 1 Amending the act of June 27, 1996 (P.L.403, No.58), entitled "An 2 act to enhance community and economic development in this 3 Commonwealth by restructuring certain administrative 4 functions and entities; changing the name of the Department 5 of Commerce to the Department of Community and Economic 6 Development; transferring functions of the Department of 7 Community Affairs into the Department of Community and 8 Economic Development and other agencies; providing for a 9 Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development in the 10 Department of Community and Economic Development; 11 establishing the Center for Local Government Services and the 12 Local Government Advisory Committee; establishing the Small 13 Business Advocacy Council; conferring powers and duties on 14 the Legislative Reference Bureau; and making repeals," 15 providing for a Deputy Secretary for Local Government 16 Services in the Department of Community and Economic 17 Development. 18 The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 19 hereby enacts as follows: 20 Section 1. Section 301(b) and (c) of the act of June 27, 21 1996 (P.L.403, No.58), known as the Community and Economic 22 Development Enhancement Act, are amended to read: 23 Section 301. To Department of Community and Economic 24 Development.
1 * * * 2 (b) Functions to be consolidated.--The functions transferred 3 to the department shall be consolidated within the department 4 into a bureau, division, section or other organizational entity 5 devoted to community and economic development and into the 6 Center for Local Government Services under subsection (c). The 7 Governor shall appoint a Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs 8 and Development and a Deputy Secretary for Local Government 9 Services. The [deputy secretary] Deputy Secretary for Community 10 Affairs and Development shall have the powers and perform the 11 functions and duties transferred to the department in subsection 12 (a), except for those functions and duties of the Center for 13 Local Government Services, as well as other such functions and 14 duties authorized by the Governor. The Deputy Secretary for 15 Local Government Services shall be responsible for the 16 administration of the Center for Local Government Services as 17 well as such other functions and duties authorized by the 18 Governor, including the necessary staff complement and funding 19 sources to adequately carry out the responsibilities of 20 administering the Governor's Executive Order 99-1 as it relates 21 to land use issues. Such staffing shall include those personnel 22 presently assigned to land use functions in the department's 23 regional offices. 24 (c) Center for Local Government Services established.--A 25 Center for Local Government Services shall be established and 26 maintained in the department to serve as the link between the 27 Commonwealth and local governments. The center shall be a 28 provider of services to local governments, shall serve as the 29 point of contact for local governments on issues and problems of 30 local concern, shall be responsible for coordinating State 20030S0230B0238 - 2 -
1 program resources in response to local issues and problems and 2 shall establish a systematic process for addressing local issues 3 and problems involving the resources of more than a single 4 agency. In carrying out its responsibilities, the center shall 5 use and have access to the information, services, functions and 6 other resources transferred under subsection (a). The center 7 shall, when authorized by the Governor, use and have access to 8 any other information, services, functions and other resources 9 in the possession of executive agencies under the Governor's 10 jurisdiction deemed necessary to the fulfillment of its 11 responsibilities. The center shall provide to local governments, 12 at no cost, information on purchase contracts for materials, 13 supplies and equipment entered into by the Department of General 14 Services in which local governments may participate pursuant to 15 the provisions of section 2403(h) of The Administrative Code of 16 1929. The Deputy Secretary for [Community Affairs and 17 Development shall be responsible for the administration of the 18 center and] Local Government Services shall report in writing to 19 the Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the activities of the 20 center. The center shall have permanent staff both in its 21 headquarters as well as in the regional offices of the Governor 22 and shall additionally make a toll-free telephone number 23 available to local governments to assist the center in 24 accommodating requests for assistance. Funding for the center 25 shall be provided by the department. 26 * * * 27 Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days. A21L14BIL/20030S0230B0238 - 3 -