HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Harrisburg City Council’s petition seeking protection from creditors under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code.

Judge Mary France of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg said a state law restricting bankruptcy options to financially distressed communities under the Act 47 workout program was valid, and that the City Council’s approval of the filing without the mayor’s support was improper.

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