Law eases rules for police on multi-jurisdiction task forces

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania law says task forces that use officers from different municipalities will no longer have to comply with a requirement that each municipality pass an ordinance authorizing participation.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed the bill that was crafted in response to a May decision by the state Supreme Court.

The new law says police and agents with the attorney general’s office can participate in task forces as long as their departments have given their consent.

The bill passed both legislative chambers overwhelmingly and the task force provisions took effect immediately.

The high court’s decision concerned a 2013 sobriety checkpoint in the Pittsburgh area.

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