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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2021 11:47 AM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishing Residency as a Requirement for State Employment
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation to amend The Administrative Code of 1929 to require Pennsylvania residency as a prerequisite for state employment.
Currently, the Civil Service Act requires that individuals applying for positions or promotions in the classified service shall either be residents of the Commonwealth or former residents who will establish residency within six months.  However, this requirement is not found for non-civil positions.  My legislation would make residency a requirement in both instances.
As noted in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article, “More than 240 state employees live outside Pennsylvania’s borders and, in some cases, pay taxes on their earnings to those other states.”  Pennsylvania is home some of the best and brightest citizens in the country.  In recognition of this fact, I believe we should utilize these individuals when carrying out the duties of the Commonwealth.
This legislation was formerly Senate Bill 523 from last session.
I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.