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Legislative Letters

Show your support by signing a petition for one of our letters or resolutions. Our Legislative Committee meets periodically with state officials to discuss membership concerns. The Committee then crafts letters to voice support or concerns on pending legislation or to propose new legislation that supports the majority of the membership.

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Your support guides our Legislative Committee to push legislation and resolutions with state officials to help strengthen our municipalities

2015 Resolutions


Act 111 Resolution

The resolution seeks legislation to create a bi-partisan oversight committee that would review arbitration awards in collective bargaining arbitrations to consider its appropriateness, especially in the context of the ability of a municipal body’s ability to pay such awards.

Act 537 Resolution

This resolution supports legislation mandating that the legislature budget sufficient funds to reimburse townships for 50% of the costs incurred during the previous five years to prepare or update their Sewage Facilities Plans (Act 537 Plans) as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and that it budget sufficient funds to pay 50% of the costs that are incurred by townships in 2015 and subsequent years to prepare such plans when mandated by DEP.

Act 600 Resolution

This resolution supports legislation that would amend Act 600 and/or the Second Class Township Code to allow for a defined contribution pension plan for new officers.

Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law Amendments Resolution

This resolution supports legislation that would amend the Second Class Township Code and the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law to allow municipalities to impose a late fee and/or penalty interest rate on unpaid sewer, water or refuse bills 45 days after the billing date.

Noxious Weed Control Law Amendments Resolution

This resolution supports legislation that would amend the Noxious Weed Control Law to add bamboo species: Bambuseae, Phyllostachys and Pseudosasa, including Common Bamboo, Golden Bamboo and Arrow Bamboo to the Noxious Weed Control List.

Philly Tax Credit Law Amendments Resolution

This resolution seeks legislation to amend the Sterling Act (Act 45 of 19) and amend DCED policy to adopt the Apportionment procedure for calculating the Philadelphia Tax Credit: wherein any TCC, TCC Tax Appeals Board, and the TCC‐appointed Tax Collector shall honor credits for wage tax paid to Philadelphia to the extent such credits are accurately calculated using Apportionment; and, the Philadelphia Tax Credit shall not be used to reduce or eliminate EIT owed to any school district or municipality in a TCD on income that is not earned within Philadelphia; and, no credit against EIT owed to any school district or municipality in a TCD shall be allowed by any TCC, TCC Tax Appeals Board, or the TCC‐appointed Tax Collector to the extent such credit is claimed based on the Super Credit procedure.