Senate Local Government Committee Convenes, Approves Three Bills

HARRISBURG – The Senate Local Government Committee, chaired by Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), approved three bills today sponsored by members of the Local Government Commission

Senate Bill 690, sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger, Commission Chairman, addresses an issue for municipalities without a mayor looking to divide into wards.  Current law provides a mechanism for initial apportionment for local governments with a mayor but not for those without a mayor.  

Senate Bill 691, sponsored by Senator Scott Hutchinson, ensures that time served on active military duty does not interfere with residency requirements of a person seeking a municipal elected office.

Senate Bill 693, sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank, allows political subdivisions and authorities to enter into contracts for services when two consecutive advertisements fail to garner bids. Current law covers only contracts for the purchase of goods and the sale of real and personal property when no bids are received.

Summaries of the bills are available on the Committee webpage.  All three bills now go to the full Senate for consideration.

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