Feb. 09, 2015

HARRISBURG – The House today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) that would help raise awareness about a provision in state law aimed at helping veterans acquire civil service jobs in Pennsylvania.

“Veterans, through their military service, have already proven their proficiency in serving their fellow residents,” said Gillen. “State law already includes an incentive to help veterans find gainful employment through the civil service system. My bill is about raising awareness about that incentive.”

Pennsylvania has what is known as a “veterans preference,” which is a reward for their service that is applied when they pass the civil service exam.

Gillen’s bill would require the State Civil Service Commission to advertise the veterans preference on all of the commission’s examination materials, announcements and advertisements, and on the commission’s website.

“The goal is to help more veterans take advantage of this provision by ensuring they know that it exists,” Gillen said. “The incentive only works if veterans know it is out there.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

Residents interested in learning more about Gillen can visit his website at www.RepGillen.com and follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepGillen.

Representative Mark Gillen
128th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
RepGillen.com / Facebook.com/RepGillen