Recently, as part of the efforts that have been made to remove outdated laws from the books, the House passed legislation by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) to repeal an archaic, 163-year-old law that is no longer relevant.

Schmitt’s proposed House Bill 918 would repeal Act 658 of May 20, 1857, which appropriated money to the former Farmer’s High School, which is now known as Penn State University. The bill is currently being put before the Senate for consideration.

“The existence of this outdated law and others like it contributes to the already complex and confusing nature of government,” Schmitt explained.

“Just like what most people do each spring,” he went on to say, “state government must also do some spring cleaning and toss out old laws that are no long applicable.”

In addition to House Bill 918, Schmitt also introduced House Bill 917, which was signed into law as Act 96 pf 2019. This law repealed Act 598 of 1929, which allowed a municipality instead of a township acquire by gift, devise or bequest everything from lands, chattels, securities and funds in order to build and maintain a hospital.

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