Jan. 29, 2015

HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Wednesday 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.

“Our goal is to do more to ensure veterans know about this important opportunity to find work in civil service careers,” said Gillen, who serves on the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

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.

“I would be disappointed to learn a military veteran missed out on a career opportunity because he or she was unaware of this provision in state law,” said Gillen.

The bill now heads to the full state House of Representatives 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