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PA. House Local Government Committee to Consider Two Authority-related bills

House Local Government Committee to Consider Two Authority-related bills

I wanted to let you know that the House Local Government Committee has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 205 Ryan Office Building to consider the following bills of interest:

 

  • House Bill 2415 (Emrick-R) amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in municipal authorities, further providing for money of authority.  Specifically, it provides that the treasurer, or designated recipient, shall deposit the money in an account with a designated depository, but the name of the account shall not include the name of an individual. In some instances, a third party collects on behalf of an authority so an account name may not necessarily be in the name of the authority.  According to the sponsor, “in recent years, it has, unfortunately, become all too common for an individual who has access to municipal funds to steal from those accounts, particularly when the name of the account is in the name of an individual as opposed to the name of the municipality or municipal authority. Some of the municipal codes do provide that an account shall be in the name of the municipality, but not all codes provide this safeguard.”

 

  • House Bill 2343 (Moul-R) amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in municipal authorities, further providing for definitions and for purposes and powers.  Specifically, the proposed legislation seeks to change the Municipal Authorities Act by requiring a municipal authority’s rate and fee structure to be “reasonable related to the costs associated with the services being provided.”  In addition, rates and fees would be based on classification (industrial, commercial and residential) and meter size. Definitions for each of these classifications are provided for in the legislation.

 

I’ll monitor the meeting and provide you with an update.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks,

Erik

 

Erik A. Ross

Senior Lobbyist

Gmerek Government Relations, Inc.

The Locust Court Building

212 Locust Street Suite 300

Harrisburg, PA 17101

(717) 234-8525

(717) 574-3963 (Cell)

(717) 234-8812 (Fax)

eross@ggrgov.com

www.ggrgov.com

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