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Alloway row office bill clears Pa. Senate panel

Senate Bill 744 would amend county code to allow some counties to maintain current configuration of row offices indefinitely

April 17, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A bill sponsored by state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, is under consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate after clearing a committee last week.

The Pennsylvania Senate’s local government committee approved Senate Bill 744, which would give counties greater control over the makeup and responsibilities of local row offices such as prothonotary.

Under current law, counties advancing from the fifth class to the fourth class based on population gains are mandated to increase their number of elected row offices. Franklin County is in that position.

Senate Bill 744 would amend the county code to allow these counties to maintain their current configuration of row offices indefinitely.

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“Expanding the number of row offices based on small population shifts can be confusing for local residents and costly to taxpayers. County elected officials deserve an opportunity to use their experience and expertise to determine the most affordable and efficient way to meet the needs of their community,” Alloway said in a news release.

Franklin County’s population reached more than 145,000 in the 2010 U.S. Census, advancing from a fifth-class county to a fourth-class county, the news release stated.

Based on the population growth, the county code requires the county to add two new elected row offices — clerk of the court of oyer and terminer and quarter sessions; and clerk of the orphans’ court. The responsibilities of these offices currently are managed by the office of the prothonotary and the office of register of wills, respectively, the news release stated.

Alloway’s bill would allow counties to reconfigure local row offices at a later date if county officials decide the change is in the best interest of the citizens they represent, the news release stated.

“It should be a priority for every elected official to search for ways to maximize government efficiency, while minimizing the burden on the taxpayer. I feel that this legislation does exactly that,” Alloway said.

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