Are Municipal Authorities Independent Agencies of the State ?
In City Council of Hazelton v. City of Hazleton, 134 Pa. Commw. 174, 578 A.2d 580 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1990) the Court stated that the former Municipality Authorities Act of 1945, Act of May 2, 1945, P.L. 382, as amended, formerly 53 P.S. 301 - 322, repealed by Section 3 of the Act of June 19, 2001, P.L. 287, was a statute of general statewide application, that municipal authorities are independent agencies of the state and that the power to appoint the authorities' members remained in the governing body as defined under Section 102 of the former Home Rule Charter and Optional Plans Law, Act of April 13, 1972, P.L. 184, as amended, formerly 53 P.S. 1-102, repealed by Section 2(a) of the Act of December 19, 1996, P.L. 1158. Hazelton, 578 A.2d at 583.