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State Rep. Steven J. Santarsiero, D-Bucks, today said the House has passed a measure that could potentially give counties like Bucks County the ability to streamline local offices for greater transparency and taxpayer savings.
The legislation (H.B. 2001) would permit the office of jury commissioner to be abolished by a referendum placed on the ballot by a citizen’s petition or the county. This legislation would apply to Allegheny County, classified as a second-class county, and Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware counties, which are second-class A counties.
Last year, Santarsiero introduced similar legislation (H.B. 2105) which would not only allow these counties to abolish the office of jury commissioner but also would give counties additional cost savings options.
"These are tough times, with homeowners struggling to make ends meet," Santarsiero said. "I introduced my legislation and ultimately voted for this bill today to help counties such as Bucks save tens of thousands of dollars, directly benefiting taxpayers.”