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House Passes Legislation Allowing Counties to Eliminate the Office of Jury Commissioner, Says Farry
12/7/2011
HARRISBURG – This week, the state House approved legislation to permit county commissioners to abolish the office of jury commissioner, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks).

“In many of Pennsylvania’s counties, the position of jury commissioner has become obsolete since technology now performs many of the functions of that office,” said Farry. “Juries are selected from voter registration, property tax, welfare rolls and PennDOT records, making the position of jury commissioner unnecessary in many counties, but state law mandates that counties fill both the majority and minority jury commissioner positions.”

Farry noted that under the bill, if a county determines that the expenditure is still worthwhile, it is free to keep the position of jury commissioner available. However, if a county determines that the office of jury commissioner is obsolete, this legislation gives the county commissioners the freedom to eliminate the position and save taxpayer dollars.

House Bill 1644 includes language identical to a bill introduced by Farry and Rep. Rosemarie Swanger (R-Lebanon) in 2009.

The bill also includes a provision that allow counties to sell personal property via electronic auction.

House Bill 1644 will now go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

State Representative Frank Farry
142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
RepFarry.com
Contact: Abbey Fosnot
afosnot@pahousegop.com
717.260.6222
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