The Local Government Commission is a joint legislative service agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Per the Senate and House Rules, joint committees of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are assigned by the President Pro Tempore and by the Speaker of the House. Vacancies in the joint committees are filled by the President Pro Tempore and by the Speaker.
See rules: Senate Resolution 3
See rules: House Resolution 1
||Major established functions and responsibilities of the Commission are as follows:
- (1) The staff performs in-depth research projects on matters considered important by the Commission for all levels of local government.
- (2) The Commission has become the major resource for Legislators who need various types of assistance in the field of local government.
- (3) The Commission holds quarterly meetings to provide a forum at which statewide local government associations present their concerns, possible amendments to municipal codes, and other legislative proposals which they deem important to local government.
- (4) Resolutions adopted at the annual conventions of statewide local government associations such as the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association and Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials are submitted to the Local Government Commission. The resolutions are thoroughly reviewed and researched by staff and then presented to Commission membership for consideration and possible introduction as legislation.
- (5) The staff follows applicable local government legislation through the legislative process, in order to serve as an "instant" research source for Legislators seeking background or technical information.
- (6) Commission staff provides technical assistance to standing committees on local government in both the House and Senate.
- (7) The Commission is statutorily responsible for updating and printing the County Code, First Class Township Code, Third Class City Code (and Optional Third Class City Charter Law), Borough Code, and Second Class Township Code, and distributing them to municipal officials throughout the Commonwealth.
- (8) Staff develops a summary of acts signed into law by the Governor for distribution to Members of the Legislature and to other interested parties upon request.
- (9) The Commission office is frequently contacted by outside parties who have questions relating to local government in Pennsylvania.
- (10) Pursuant to Act 180 of 1972, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Law, the Commission is required to review certain intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.