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A03308
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
527
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY COX, BROOKS, CIRESI, FREEMAN, HILL-EVANS, HOWARD,
JAMES, MILLARD, MOUL, NEILSON AND GILLEN, JUNE 11, 2021
AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
AN ACT
Amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in public improvements, utilities and
services, providing for public notice and, public meeting and
consent requirements.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 53 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a chapter to read:
CHAPTER 52
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Subchapter
A. (Reserved)
B. Public Notices and , Public Meetings and Consent
SUBCHAPTER A
(Reserved)
SUBCHAPTER B
PUBLIC NOTICES AND , PUBLIC MEETINGS AND CONSENT
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5211. Definitions.
5212. Sale or lease of water or sewer system.
5213. Requisite consent for acquisition of water or wastewater
companies.
§ 5211. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this subchapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Municipal corporation." A city, county, borough, township ,
incorporated town , home rule municipality, optional plan
municipality or optional charter municipality.
"Public notice." Notice published once each week for two
successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation . AND ON
THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION'S WEBSITE, IF THE MUNICIPAL
CORPORATION HAS A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET WEBSITE.
§ 5212. Sale or lease of water or sewer system.
In addition to the provisions of 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 (relating
to open meetings), prior to entering into an agreement to sell
or lease a water or sewer system owned or operated by a
municipal corporation or to sell or lease a water or sewer
system currently owned or operated by a municipal authority that
would require dissolution by the municipal corporation, the
municipal corporation shall hold at least one advertised public
meeting, not more than 60 days nor fewer than seven days prior
to entering into the agreement with the potential purchaser or
lessee , and shall provide public notice of the meeting in all
municipalities served by the water or sewer system. The
potential purchaser or lessee shall attend the meeting.
§ 5213. Requisite consent for acquisition of water or
wastewater companies.
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An acquisition of an entity subject to section 5610(a.1)
(relating to governing body) under 66 Pa.C.S. § 1329 (relating
to valuation of acquired water and wastewater systems) may not
be deemed in the public interest by the Pennsylvania Public
Utility Commission without the unanimous consent of the
governing body established under section 5610(a.1).
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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