Statutory Bidding Requirements – What Municipalities Should Know in 2017

The State of Pennsylvania recently released the updated bidding thresholds for contracts/purchases for 2017 which include: Contracts/purchases under $10,700 do not require quotes or a formal bid process (with a few exceptions); Contracts/purchases between $10,700 and $19,699 require the municipality to obtain three (3) telephone or written quotes; and Contracts/purchases of $19,700 and greater require…

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Snow and Ice Removal – Understanding Municipal Obligation and Liability

Southeastern Pennsylvania receives approximately twenty to thirty inches of snow each winter. While for most of us snow merely presents an inconvenient commute to work, it is an entirely different challenge for municipal governments across the Commonwealth. Tasked with keeping local economies moving and residents safe on shoestring budgets, municipalities are forced to make tough…

Supreme Court Pulls No Punches: Highlights Procedural Due Process Deficiencies Under the Right To Know Law

As discussed in Michael G. Crotty’s previous article, Right to Know Clearinghouses for Personal Information No More: Supreme Court Declares Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy for School Teachers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark decision in Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth et al. concerning public school teachers’ constitutional right to informational…

Right to Know Clearinghouses for Personal Information No More: Supreme Court Declares Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy for Public School Employees

On October 18, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth et al. – extending a constitutional right of informational privacy to public school employees with respect to their home addresses. As a result of the Court’s ruling, school districts are prohibited from releasing the home…