Last updated: February 26. 2014 11:10PM - 2757 Views
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A bill introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Dunmore, would prohibit legislators from hiring anyone who’s currently serving in an elected capacity, including municipal councils or school boards.

Haggerty said the practice is prevalent across the state and he believes it gives some municipalities — and legislators — an unfair advantage.

Locally, Rep. Phyllis Mundy has employed West Wyoming Councilwoman Eileen Cipriani as a legislative aid. And Rep. Frank Farina, D-Jessup, who is facing a primacy election face-off against Haggerty because of redistricting, has employed Throop Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch.

The bill, which has three cosponsors including one Republican, was referred to the committee for state government on Wednesday.

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