Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What is Act 13, Anyway?

Why is everyone in Pennsylvania so obsessed with "Act 13? What is it, anyway? 

You can find out - and learn more about the recent court decisions next week. On Thursday, August 9 Penn State Extension will be hosting a special webinar called “A Blow to Act 13?: The Impact of the Commonwealth Court’s Decision on Local Zoning and Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania”. the webinar goes from 1 - 2 pm and us open to the public though, noted Penn State Ext, it will "be of special interest to municipal officials and attorneys".

Last week a Pennsylvania appellate court rejected the Pennsylvania legislature’s pre-emption of significant elements of local zoning under Act 13. The ruling has been appealed to the State Supreme Court, but municipal officials and others are uncertain about the immediate impact of the decision.  Attorney Steve Saunders with Saunders Law LLC in Scranton PA will look at traditional zoning in Pennsylvania and oil and gas development before and after Act 13, the legal arguments presented to the Commonwealth Court, and the Court’s rationale for its decision.  Possible outcomes and how local governments should react will be discussed.

To participate in the webinar, please log in to https://meeting.psu.edu/pscems/ .  No registration is necessary. If you have questions, please contact Carol Loveland at cal24@psu.edu or call (570) 433-3040.

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