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Unpaid Property Taxes not so easily avoided in Pennsylvania – Act 93 of 2013 Empowers Taxing Authorities

Act 93 of 2013 was signed into law and became effective January 26, 2014. Act 93 of 2013 allows for a taxing authority to reduce a delinquent tax claim to judgment and then file the claim for unpaid property taxes in the judgment index with any court of common pleas. Thus, the taxing …

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Long Outdated Bid Limit Laws Updated by Pennsylvania Legislature

On November 3, 2011, Act 84 of 2011 was signed into law in Pennsylvania and becomes effective on January 1, 2012. Act 84 amends certain provisions of the Second Class Township Code which require Townships to advertise and seek bids for purchases and contracts of a certain minimum dollar amount.

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New Prevailing Wage Analysis For Preconstruction Leases

On November 23, 2011 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rendered a decision that may have far reaching implications with regard to state, county, municipal and school district leasing of buildings and office space.

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Obligations under the Equal Access Act

By: Amanda Sundquist Following up on its recent guidance on bullying and harassment, on June 14, 2011 the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a “Dear Colleagues” letter regarding the impact of the Equal Access Act (the “Act”) on gay-straight alliances (GSA) and similar student-initiated groups addressing LGBT issues. OCR reminds …

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The Marcellus Shale Debate: Local Zoning or State Control?

By: Andrew D.H. Rau If momentum forms behind a bill introduced in Harrisburg, the traditional understandings of local zoning control in Pennsylvania could be in for a major adjustment.  The legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Scarnati would provide for impact fees to be paid by Marcellus Shale drillers across the state.  But a component …

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Marcellus Shale & Local Zoning

By: Andrew D.H. Rau The oil and gas industry’s race to develop the Marcellus Shale across Pennsylvania has brought to the forefront the tension between large-scale development interests and local government.  Pennsylvania boroughs, townships and cities are grappling with the limits of local zoning power as they consider the means of regulating and controlling …

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Possible New Horizons for Deteriorated Properties – Tougher Enforcement on Neighborhood Blight coupled with Tax Relief might work to benefit Communities throughout Pennsylvania

The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act (the “Act”) empowers municipalities to take legal action against owners of deteriorating properties and deny municipal permits in certain circumstances. Municipalities across Pennsylvania are drafting ordinances, and in many cases, are ready to adopt ordinances in order to implement the provisions of the Act in their respective …

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Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act – Act 90 of 2010 – New Law Expands Enforcement Powers for Pennsylvania Municipalities

The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act (the “Act”) - signed into law on October 27, 2010, effective on April 25, 2011 - empowers municipalities to take legal action against owners of deteriorating properties and deny municipal permits in certain circumstances.

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New Permit Extension Law Impacts Developers and Municipalities

By: Andrew D.H. Rau This week’s budget approvals in Harrisburg included legislation that will have an effect on landowners, as well as state and local government entities across Pennsylvania.  Senate Bill 1042, signed into law as Act 46, will extend the life of many land development and related approvals, if the approvals are in …

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United States Supreme Court Declines to Discuss the Expectation of Privacy in Employees’ Digital and Electronic Communications

By: Amanda Sundquist The United States Supreme Court has issued a decision in City of Ontario v. Quon, which was discussed in my May 13, 2010 blog entry.  At issue in the case was whether a member of the police SWAT team had a reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages transmitted …

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