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Governor Signs New Bill Allowing Counties To Abolish Jury Commissioner Posts

May 7, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law a revised bill that would allow Pennsylvania counties to abolish the posts of jury commissioners.

A similar 2011 law was struck down by the state Supreme Court which ruled that the law violated a requirement of the state Constitution that mandates that legislative bills be confined to a single subject.  After the earlier law took effect, 42 of the 56 Pennsylvania counties that had jury commissioner positions eliminated them.

The Supreme Court ruling had produced a dilemma concerning this year’s primary elections, and how to deal with slots on the May ballots which would have been needed to produce candidates for the posts in the November municipal elections.  A Commonwealth Court ruling stipulated that, with the scant time and the added costs which would have been involved with revising primary ballots, local political committees could choose the November candidates.

Both houses of the state legislature moved quickly to approve the new law signed by Corbett on Tuesday.

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