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League Capitol Conference

April 1, 2019 All day

Session Descriptions:

Opening Remarks from Governor Tom Wolf

What Changes Could Make Act 47 More Effective

Staff and members of the Local Government Commission are looking at Act 47 in an effort to enhance the effectiveness of the Program. Chris Gazsi, Associate Legal Counsel with the Commission, will discuss his research into Act 47 and several recommendations that will become legislation.   

The Local Impact of PA’s New Fireworks Law

Pennsylvania’s Fireworks Law was amended in 2017 to allow the general purchase of consumer fireworks.  The impacts of this change were first felt over the 2018 July 4th holiday.   “Chaos” and “war zone” were used to describe what local first responders experienced as they answered calls regarding not only noise, but physical injuries and property damage.  Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney, President of the PA Fire Chiefs, and Jerry Ozog, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. will discuss the amendments to the Law that the PA Fire Chiefs and others are recommending.

Paid and Volunteer Fire: Legislative and Legal Issues

Join attorneys Patrick J. Harvey and Kristopher A. Kachline to discuss the latest legal developments with paid and volunteer fire services including the firefighter workers’ compensation cancer presumption; the proposed addition of post-traumatic stress injury for first responders to workers’ compensation; the push to establish more paid fire positons and unionized career fire departments; and the Emmaus Borough PLRB case showing  how careful municipalities must be in  providing any financial incentives or attempting  to manage  volunteer firefighters.

Panel Discussion with House and Senate Local Government Chairmen

The Chairmen of both the House and Senate Local Government Committees have been invited to a panel discussion regarding the legislation they expect their committees to take up this session, plus their thoughts on PML’s legislative priorities.

Local Government’s Role in Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

The age of autonomous vehicles is “right around the corner.”   What is the role of local governments and how should they be preparing?  Get answers to these questions and more from a panel of local and state officials.

The Latest on the Preservation of Local Zoning in the Placement of Small Cell Wireless Infrastructure

Join the Cohen Law Group for an overview of small cell legislation and its impact on local zoning authority; the Supreme Court’s decision to review the question of public utility status for wireless contractors; and actions at the federal level concerning wireless infrastructure including the FCC’s order that impacts local fees and application timelines, as well as, legislation to overturn the FCC’s order.

Legislation Update from the League

Amy Sturges, Director of Governmental Affairs, will provide a general update on legislation the League is tracking as the 2019-20 session gets underway.

Hilton Harrisburg

1 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States

The group code for overnight reservations at the Hilton Harrisburg is: CAP3. The room rate is $147 per night and the garage parking rate is $10 for overnight guests and $5 for daily parking. Reservations must be made by March 10 and all reservations not cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax.