2013-03-21 / Local & State

Eichelberger Elected Chairman Of Local Government Commission

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at a reorganizational meeting of the PA Local Government Commission held at the Capitol, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. was elected to serve as chairman of the commission for the 2013-2014 legislative session.

A primary function of the commission is to propose and draft often complicated changes and updates to the various municipal codes, and craft other legislation important to local government. The commission provides research assistance to the General Assembly and individual legislators with regard to local government issues. It also responds to requests for assistance from local officials and meets quarterly with the statewide local government associations.

The Local Government Commission is a bicameral, bipartisan legislative service agency created in 1935. One of the oldest agencies of its kind in the United States, the commission is comprised of five Senate members and five House members.

“It is an honor for me to serve as chair of the Local Government Commission. At a time when Pennsylvania’s local governments are facing unprecedented challenges, the commission must work even harder to provide the legislative guidance to secure the financial and operational stability of counties, cities, boroughs, townships and municipal authorities. The members of the commission and the staff do their best to serve the governments closest to our citizens,” said Eichelberger.

Eichelberger (R-30) was first appointed to the Local Government Commission during the 2009-2010 legislative session by the president pro tempore of the Senate, Joseph Scarnati (R-25). He will replace Sen. Bob Robbins (R-50), who has been chairman for all but a couple of sessions since that time.

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