Senate Local Government Committee to Hold Hearing on Pennsylvania’s Distressed Municipalities Program


WHO: Senate Local Government Committee
WHAT: Public Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Building, East Wing, Room 8E-A, Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA –Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair) announced that the Senate Local Government Committee will hold a hearing at the State Capitol on April 10th to receive testimony on proposed improvements to Pennsylvania’s Municipal Financial Recovery Act, commonly known as Act 47 of 1987.

As a result of public hearings in late 2011, and the continued issues with the Act 47 process in general, the Local Government Commission decided in late 2012 to form a task force to undertake a comprehensive review of Act 47.  Senate Bill 1157, to be discussed at the hearing, is the result of that task force.  Materials related to the Local Government Commission task force can be found at:

Expected to testify are representatives from the Commission, local government associations, labor, former/current Act 47 coordinators, and the department of Community and Economic Development. Also presenting testimony will be a senior researcher from The Pew Charitable Trusts to discuss Pennsylvania’s program and proposed changes in comparison to similar around the country.

An agenda will be available prior to the hearing. Please contact Lee Derr at (717) 787-5490 or email for additional information.