Smith-Wade-El’s legislation to authorize sending of electronic transmissions passes House

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El’s H.B. 1477 passed the House yesterday.

The bill would amend the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code to enable municipalities to make certain transmittals and submissions, including proposed comprehensive plans/land use ordinances and amendments to such, through electronic means.

“This bill would codify what is already current practice—emailing plans and land ordinances—in order to eliminate the confusion about whether such transmissions are permissible,” said Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster. “The bill is in response to a request for clarification from planners and consultants within the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  I believe this bill, when passed, will help cut the red tape and streamline processes in DCED.”

This bill was introduced as H.B. 1592 in the 2021-22 session.

Inquiries about this legislation can be directed to Smith-Wade-El’s office at 717-283-4218.