Brown’s Bill Addressing Private Community Violations Approved by Senate Committee


HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown’s (R-Monroe/Pike) legislation to grant the power of investigation and mediation of complaints for residents of planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums to the Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection passed the Senate Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Brown is hopeful this bill will gain consideration on the Senate floor before the 2015-16 legislative session ends and is asking residents to call Senate leaders and members to express their support for the importance of this legislation.

“This is an initiative I have been pushing strongly this legislative session, and I know we are down to the wire with session days, but I am urging the Senate to consider this bill before the Legislature wraps up this fall,” Brown said. “My intent is that this measure could provide private community residents an avenue of mediation and investigation of serious violations of the Planned Community Act without having to jump directly to potentially costly lawsuits.”

Nearly one quarter of Pennsylvania residents live in these types of self-governing communities, including a significant portion of people in the 189th District. Communities formed under Title 68 are operated under a set of governing bylaws that creates a micro government.

House Bill 1774 passed the House in June.

For more information about House Bill 1774, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 143 Seven Bridge Road, by calling 570-420-8301. Information can also be found on online at