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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2013 10:58 AM
From: Senator Timothy J. Solobay
To: All Senate members
Subject: Mine Safety Workers Retirement
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation which would allow certain mine workers employed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Deep Mine Safety to purchase credit for prior non-state service, which is required for their employment and certification by DEP.

The Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act and Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act require certain individuals to have had at least ten years’ prior experience working in an underground bituminous or anthracite coal mine to be eligible for employment with DEP in their respective mining field. This legislation would allow mine inspectors, electrical inspectors and emergency response training specialists employed in accordance with these Mine Safety Acts to purchase credit for prior non-state work service once hired by DEP.

Coal mining has long played a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy and will so for decades to come. This legislation would ensure that mine safety workers receive the same opportunities as other Commonwealth employees and potentially aid in the recruitment of qualified and experienced new workers.

This legislation was SB 1240 of the 2011-12 session. Previous cosponsors include: Costa, Fontana, Rafferty, M. White and Ferlo.

Introduced as SB396