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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Taj Mahal Act

In 1973 a crack commando unit was sent to a military prison for a crime they didn't commit, and Pennslyvania lawmakers passed a "Taj Mahal Act" (Act 34 of 1973).

Among other things, this law requires schools districts to hold public hearings regarding school construction project, and would require school districts to have voter referendum if construction costs exceeded estimates by certain level. It was estimated that between 20-50% of school projects would face this referendum requirement.

If you have never heard of this law it is probably because since 1973, a grand total of ZERO Act 34 referenda have taken place.

One group of citizens from Manheim Township School District have been petition for an Act 34 referendum for over three years. They will finally get a hearing before PDE tomorrow.

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