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Tobash’s Bill to Limit the Use of Employment Contracts by Public Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania Heads to Senate
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, the House unanimously adopted Rep. Mike Tobash’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) legislation that amends the Pennsylvania Housing Authorities Law to ensure lawful hiring practices.

House Bill 1319 limits the use of employment contracts to non-civil service housing authorities, and was introduced to clarify Act 145 of 2006 – a law which authorizes public housing authorities to enter into employment agreements for persons necessary or convenient to exercise the powers of the authority. This law caused confusion in that most housing authorities hire through the civil service process.

“This bill clears up an older law, and mainly prevents housing authorities from skirting the civil service system when hiring new employees,” said Tobash. “Our state has a civil service system of hiring in place for a reason. There are plenty of hard-working, qualified folks waiting for jobs, and it’s important that they are being considered by our housing authorities.”

This bill is supported by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies.

Tobash introduced a similar bill last session which was unanimously passed in the House in June 2012, but was never considered in the Senate. The only difference is that House Bill 1319 would protect employees working for public housing authorities covered by the Civil Service Commission, allowing them to remain in their current position after this law takes effect.

This legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration. For more legislative information, visit Tobash’s website at or follow his legislative Facebook page at

Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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