PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett has signed a bill that will ensure that military veterans have representation on the state Civil Service Commission.

Pennsylvania has long had a policy of giving special consideration to veterans for civil service jobs. But several years ago, an audit showed that over a four-year period, state agencies had filled hundreds of positions without considering eligible veterans seeking employment.

Now, Governor Corbett has signed a bill designed to remedy that by requiring that at least one veteran serve on the three-member state Civil Service Commission.

“The Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission has not always met its goal of seeing that the veterans get the extra consideration they earned. I want to commend Auditor General Wagner – who’s a veteran himself – for his review, and bringing it to everybody’s attention. Pennsylvania’s veterans need and deserve an advocate on the commission.”

The governor has nominated John Stevens, a retired army major general, for a spot on the civil service commission.

Reported By Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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