Pennsylvania’s Senate late Tuesday approved a bill that would force a state takeover of Harrisburg and other financially strapped cities if they don’t approve a recovery plan, and prohibit them from filing for bankruptcy protection.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Halifax, passed by a 29-to-21 vote and goes to the House for consideration. It would establish a management board to force implementation of the plan, under a program for distressed communities called Act 47.

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