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Rader Leaf Collection Mandate Relief Bill One Step Away from Becoming Law
HARRISBURG – Local taxpayers are just one step away from potentially saving money after the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation introduced by Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) that would enable certain municipalities to opt out of expensive leaf collection programs.

“My bill would save local taxpayers money by removing a costly government mandate,” Rader said. “This bill would give local municipalities the flexibility to determine if costly leaf collection programs are right for them.”

Rader’s House Bill 927 would exempt municipalities from the state law mandating leaf waste collection programs if they meet a certain population density requirement. Municipalities with fewer than 500 people per square mile would be exempt from the state mandate. The exemption is only available if the municipality has an ordinance prohibiting the burning of leaf waste.

Leaf waste collection programs can require municipalities to purchase expensive equipment with limited taxpayer dollars. Rural communities with sparsely populated areas may find the equipment and programs to be expensive and impractical.

The state House in June 2017 approved Rader’s bill and the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill with bipartisan support. The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“I certainly hope the governor will sign this bill into law to provide municipalities some flexibility and taxpayers with some relief,” Rader said.

Rader’s bill, if approved by the governor, would take effect 60 days after it is signed into law.

Representative Jack Rader
176th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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