|Posted:||December 9, 2020 02:51 PM|
|From:||Senator Christine M. Tartaglione|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||State Civil Service Hiring Preference for People with Disabilities|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that would amend Title 71 and give people with disabilities additional points on the State Civil Service Exam. This legislation was previously SB 134 in the 2019-20 session. Members who co-sponsored this legislation previously include Senators Bartolotta, Santarsiero, Hughes, Costa, Brewster, Yudichak, Mensch, Browne and L. Williams.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is estimated that almost one in ten Pennsylvanians have some level of disability. The PA Department of Labor & Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis reported that the unemployment rate for disabled Pennsylvanians in September 2020 was at 18.2% as compared to the total unemployment rate of 8.5%. Furthermore, only about 34% of working-age people with disabilities were in the labor force.
People with disabilities offer a wide variety of skills and abilities to employers. This legislation provides the Commonwealth with the opportunity to become a leader in disability hiring and set the example for all employers in Pennsylvania. Please join me in sponsoring this legislation and give all Pennsylvanians the opportunity to be a part of our workforce.
Introduced as SB365