Meeting to consider SB 673, and SB 675

Senate Local Government Committee

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Call to Order

  • SB 673 (Dush) – Amends the Second Class Township Code to prohibit the surcharge of township officials who have acted in good faith on a solicitor’s opinion and to provide for the appointment of a partnership, limited partnership, association or professional corporation as the township manager
  • SB 675 (Schwank) – Amends Title 11 to allow a third class city to appoint a partnership, limited partnership, association or professional corporation as the city administrator

Recess to the Call of the Chair

Public hearing on utility scale solar development

JOINT HEARING

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

AND Senate Local Government Committee

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 (and Virtual Participation)


Utility Scale Solar Development & Local Government Ordinances

AGENDA

9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Senator Dush, Majority Chair, Local Government
Senator Schwank, Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government

9:40 a.m.
Jason Connell, Director of Infrastructure Planning, PJM – Testimony

10:00 a.m.
Dr. Mohamed Rali Badissy, Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law – Testimony

10:20 a.m.
Kyle C. Kopko, Ph.D., Director, Center for Rural Pennsylvania – Testimony

10:40 a.m.
Samuel F. Cressler, Board Member, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Chairman, Southampton Township Board of Supervisors – Testimony

11:00 a.m.
Ian Evans, Environmental Manager, Pattern Energy
Ray Fakhoury, Government Relations Consultant, Pattern Energy
Testimony

11:20 a.m.
Closing Remarks

11:30 a.m.
Adjournment

Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)

 

JOINT HEARING

Senate Local Government Committee AND

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)

Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)


10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Senator Dush, Majority Chair, Local Government
Senator Yaw, Majority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy
Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government
Senator Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy

10:05 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Joseph H. Gerdes, III, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

                                    
Ronald J. Grutza, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs

Amy Sturges, Director of Governmental Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania Municipal League

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Robert M. Routh, Esq., Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel – Testimony
Clean Air Council

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO – Testimony
Energy Association of Pennsylvania

Jamie White, President – Testimony
Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Michael Butler, Executive Director  – Testimony
Consumer Energy Alliance

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director – Testimony
Builders Guild of Western PA and Pittsburgh Works Together

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Additional Testimonies:

AARP Pennsylvania – Testimony

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh – Testimony

Keith Holmes, President, Gas Works Employees Union Local 686 – Testimony

Laborers’ District Council – Testimony

Manufacturer and Business Association – Testimony

PA Builders Association – Testimony

PA Chamber of Commerce – Testimony

PA Farm Bureau – Testimony

PA Municipal Electric Association – Testimony

PA Propane Association – Testimony

PENNFUTURE – Testimony

Pennsylvania Petroleum Association – Testimony

Sierra Club – Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 477, SB 478, SB 479, SB 480, and SB 524

 

Senate Local Government Committee

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Call to Order 

SB 477 (J. Ward) – Amends Consolidated County Assessment Law to further provide for the definition of “normal regular repairs” and reporting of building and demolition permit information

  • Amendment A00814 (Dush) – Technical amendment to define “Property features.”

SB 478 (Dush) – Provides for award of contract for services when no bids are received

SB 479 (Hutchinson) – Amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to enhance ethical provisions

SB 480 (Kearney) – Amends Title 8 to make several technical changes and clarifications to the Borough Code. Updates the code to repeal current provisions regarding accumulation and collection of garbage and creates a new chapter called “Solid Waste Collection and Disposition” which closely aligns with the Third Class City Code and Second Class Township Code.

SB 524 (Yaw) – Amends Title 53 related to Home Rule questions

Recess to the Call of the Chair

Meeting to consider SB 1336

 

Senate Local Government Committee

Monday, October 5, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Consideration of SB 1336

Meeting to consider SB 1296

 

Senate Local Government Committee

Monday, September 21, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Senate Bill 1296 (Argall) – Amends the County Code requiring approval of a city of the third class and school district impacted by a county of the fourth class purchasing property within the city.

Meeting to consider SB 1164, HB 885, HB 908, HB 1408, HB 1582, HB 1647, HB 2044, and HB 2536

Senate Local Government Committee

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm (Senate Chamber and Remote Participation)

 

Meeting to consider SB 1164, HB 885, HB 908, HB 1408, HB 1582, HB 1647, HB 2044, and HB 2536

Senate Bill 1164 (J. Ward) – Amends the County Code requiring notification to the Coroner of a death suspected to be due to contagious diseases related to a pandemic or health disaster emergency and access to death certificate information.

House Bill 885 (Gaydos) – Amends the Public Works Contractors’ Bond Law of 1967 requiring certain financial securities for public contracts in excess of $10,000.

House Bill 908 (Rader) – Amends Act 442 of 1967 (1968) permitting open space tax funds to be used to maintain open space property not acquired under the Act.

House Bill 1408 (Lewis) – Repeals Act 192 of 1959, which permits the continuation of play for baseball games on Sunday after 5:00 p.m. 

House Bill 1582 (Greiner) – Amends the Second Class Township Code providing the option for the abolishment of elected auditor and the appointment of an independent auditor.

House Bill 1647 (Emerick) – Amends the Local Tax Collection Law waiving penalties for failure to receive a tax notice upon the transfer of real property.

House Bill 2044 (Masser) – Repealing Act 120 of 1919, which requires a permit from the Mayor for a public dance or public ball, and annual licenses.

House Bill 2536 (James) – Amends Title 53 temporarily authorizing the issuance of tax anticipation notes under additional terms.

Meeting to consider SB 1188

Senate Local Government Committee

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (approx. 1:30 p.m.)

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)

Meeting to consider SB 1188


Senate Bill 1188 (Blake) – Limitations on the calculation of aggregate taxes imposed under section 320 of Act 511.

  • Amendment A06120 removes the calculation of total market value of real estate in (d)(1) and renumbers the section.

Meeting to consider SB 1039, SB 1188, HB 1564 and HB 2073

Senate Local Government Committee

Monday, June 8, 2020 | 12 p.m.

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)

 

Senate Bill 1039 (Martin) – Consolidation of the County Code into Title 16.

  • Amendment A06013 authorizing off-site space for county row officers, clarifying the use of electronic bidding, and permitting county appropriations to fire operations.

Senate Bill 1188 (Blake) – Limitations on the calculation of aggregate taxes imposed under section 320 of Act 511.

House Bill 1564 (Emerick) – Assessments of mobile homes and manufactured homes and various COVID-19 related provisions.

  • Amendment A06001 extending assessment board training deadlines and appeal deadlines of judicially mandated assessments and removing COVID-19 related provisions previously enacted.

House Bill 2073 (Moul) – Revision of the First Class Township Code

 

Public Hearing on Ability of Counties to Open Safely

 

Joint Hearing

Senate Aging & Youth Committee AND Senate Local Government Committee

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)


Public Hearing on Ability of Counties to Open Safely

10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Opening remarks

Senator Ward, Majority Chair, Aging & Youth Committee

Senator Martin, Majority Chair, Local Government Committee

Senator Collett, Minority Chair, Aging & Youth Committee

Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government Committee

10:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Panel 1

Dr. Steven Shapiro, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, UPMC

Dr. Donald Yealy, Chair of Emergency Medicine, UPMC

11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2

Jeff Haste, Chairman, Dauphin County Board of Commissioners

Daniel Camp, Chairman, Beaver County Board of Commissioners

Joseph Kantz, Chairman, Snyder County Board of Commissioners

Albert “Chip” Abramovic, Commissioner, Venango County Board of Commissioners

Brian Zidek, Chairman, Delaware County Council

12:30 p.m.

Adjournment

 Written Testimony:

Pennsylvania Homecare Association