House Committee Advances Argall Bill to Strengthen Downtown Location Law

HARRISBURG – The House Urban Affairs Committee unanimously approved legislation today that would strengthen existing law requiring state agencies to be located in a downtown. Senator Argall’s Senate Bill 276 reinforces Act 32 of 2000, the original Downtown Location Law.

Argall’s legislation would require increased coordination between the Department of Community and Economic Development and organizations committed to job growth and downtown revitalization.

Since Argall’s Downtown Location Law went into effect over 11 years ago, the program has yielded considerable results. “Over 90 percent of state government leases are now signed in designated downtown areas,” said Argall. “This has proven to be an important economic development tool and this bill amends our existing law to improve our downtowns’ job climate.”

The bill now moves to the Floor of the House for its consideration.

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