PA House passes Pisciottano bill to help fill borough official vacancies

HARRISBURG, June 7 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday that would allow borough employees to run for elected positions in the borough they work for, announced the bill’s author, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano.

“This bill would simply remove government red tape that hinders progress in boroughs across the commonwealth,” said Pisciottano. “Devoted public servants should not be excluded from running for an elected position just because they work within the borough. In some cases, borough employees may possess the most relevant experience and qualifications for these offices, and they deserve the same opportunity to run as anyone else.”

Pisciottano added that current law prevents employees of a borough from running for elected office in the borough if the borough’s population is greater than 3,000 people. His bill would remove the population limit.

The bill, House Bill 787, passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 125-78 and has been referred to the Local Government Committee in the state Senate.