What is a Municipal Authority?
If you live in Pennsylvania, odds are that you’re within the service area of at least one municipal or joint municipal authority. It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has roughly 2,000 active municipal authorities. Whether for water distribution, wastewater treatment, sewer, school, hospital, mass transit, recreation, business development, or some other purpose, most citizens get […]
Political campaign signs in Pennsylvania: protected speech that’s not always protected
Political campaign signage has always been a point of significant controversy in PA, which has only intensified in the recent years. Because our democracy depends upon the free exchange of ideas, the First Amendment forbids laws “abridging the freedom of speech.” The Supreme Court has long interpreted that the Amendment has a very broad set […]
How can municipalities control the AirBnB trend within their neighborhoods?
March 27, 2018 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. The online marketplace for short term lodging is proliferating well beyond Jersey Shore and Poconos rentals. AirBnB’s are becoming a popular trend in suburban Philadelphia and in some townships, an unwanted land use. Since this trend started, the municipal and zoning lawyer in me has wondered how […]
Landowners Beware: New Natural Gas Pipelines Planned For PA
May 1, 2015 By David J. Brooman, Esquire When many Pennsylvania landowners look out onto their backyards, they are unaware of the pipeline system that currently resides under their lawns. Many more are unaware of the bottleneck within the system that transports gas from a record-setting natural gas reserve in the Marcellus Shale region of […]
Q: Can I file a Human Relations Complaint with a local municipality? A: The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) receives complaints arising from allegations of discrimination based on race, color, familial status, age, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap or disability. However, it has no power to resolve discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation, […]