Corbett Signs Gingrich Bill to Overhaul Pennsylvania’s Borough Code

Front row l-r – Gingrich, Corbett and Sen. Robert Robbins (R-50).  Pictured with House and Senate staffers in the back row (center) is Rep. Tom Creighton (R-37), chairman of the House Local Government Committee.  

HARRISBURG – Legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), which represents the most significant overhaul of Pennsylvania’s Borough Code in 45 years, was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Corbett.

House Bill 1702, now Act 43, modernizes and recodifies the Borough Code, bringing it into line with current laws and making it easier to understand,” said Gingrich. “Over the years, there have been changes to the code that made it unclear, inconsistent and very difficult to use.”

The 1968 Constitutional Convention invalidated portions of the Borough Code, and other changes through the years made it difficult for borough officials and others who use it to follow it. Gingrich’s legislation, which effectively removes obsolete and redundant references or provisions from the code, incorporates updated language, consolidates common subject matter and removes antiquated laws pertaining to boroughs that have been superseded by other statutes, took years to accomplish and was a team effort.

“Since 2003, I have been working with the bipartisan Pennsylvania Local Government Commission, the Borough Code Revision Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs (PSAB), various council members, mayors, borough managers and secretaries, to analyze each section of the code and determine what changes were necessary. Today, I am proud to say that our collective efforts have paid off. We now have a Borough Code that is clear, consistent and easy to understand.”

“The PSAB and our Commonwealth’s boroughs embrace these efforts to modernize the Borough Code and today applaud the governor and the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” said Ed Troxell, PSAB director of government affairs. “For too long our boroughs have labored under an archaic, inept Borough Code. Act 43 moves our communities forward. This guiding document, revitalized and reenacted, will provide innovative guidance, leading to more effective and responsive local government.”

Gingrich said her legislation establishes no new subjects of taxation, nor does it increase millage rates. Funding limits for various purposes have been removed to give borough officials the freedom to make decisions based on what they need and can afford to spend, according to available resources.

To see Gingrich’s video comments go to:

State Representative Mauree Gingrich
101st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Donna Pinkham
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