Drones, mayoral power and medical marijuana: Pa Municipal Legal conference in Harrisburg

     A flying drone with a camera hanging from it flies over PNC Park during a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    A flying drone with a camera hanging from it flies over PNC Park during a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    The Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs will hold its annual Municipal Legal Update conference in Harrisburg next week.

    Highlights of the two-day conference include:

     

    • Attorneys David Unkovic, former receiver for the city of Harrisburg, and Tim Hortsmann will explain how state laws complicate municipalities’ efforts to maintain financial stability, and discuss ongoing efforts to fix that.

    • Unkovic and attorney Donna L. Kreiser will provide an update on changes recent municipal finance developments.

    • Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch will go over how the 2013 transportation bill will affect local governments.

    • Michael Berry, a media and First Amendment lawyer, will discuss drone regulation.

    • Chester County attorneys Christopher Gerber and Michael Grotty will share insight on how to referee competing egos and interests among different branches of government at the local level.

    • Other sessions will cover conflicts of interest; recent zoning law changes; veteran re-employment rights; human relations issues pertaining to harassment allegations and mental health; and implications of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on prayer, cell phones and free speech.

    The event runs Wednesday and Thursday at the Sheraton Harrisburg, 2nd and Market Streets. Registration and breakfast are at 8 a.m. each morning. The full program is available here.

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