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PSATS and Local Government Groups Testify on Changes to Act 47 Law

Friday April 11th, 2014

On Thursday, April 10, PSATS joined with other municipal associations to testify before the Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Committee on proposed amendments to the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47 of 1987).

PSATS Assistant Executive Director Elam M. Herr and representatives from the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs provided joint testimony on Senate Bill 1157 and House Bill 1773.

The groups commented that the legislation attempts to change the outcome of fiscally challenged communities without wading into the tough causes of Act 47 distress. They highlighted the need to offer more support to and flexibility for municipalities before they enter Act 47 status and opposed the concept and process outlined in the legislation for disincorporation of municipalities.

Click here to read the testimony.