May. 03, 2019

HARRISBURG – Earlier this week, the governor signed into law legislation authored by Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) to require municipal authorities to create additional financial protections when collecting money.

“I’m thrilled that my first bill signed into law is this one,” Mako said. “It is vitally important that we have accountability in government. This new law will allow water and sewer customers to know that their hard-earned money is used as intended. Unfortunately, too many times we have seen cases where illegal activity has occurred in our society.”

Act 4 of 2019 makes municipal authorities remove any individual names from municipal accounts, creates a standardized procedure for the handling of an authority’s funds, and requires annual audits and fiscal reports to be presented to the authority board.

Most of the law goes into effect in 90 days. The reporting component goes into effect in 180 days.

The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.

Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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