Lawmakers send Corbett Pa. jury commissioners bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers are moving quickly to reverse a recent court decision that threw out a law letting counties eliminate jury commissioners.

The state House voted 156 to 39 on Wednesday to send a bill to Gov. Tom Corbett that reinstated counties’ power to do away with the positions.

Just one House member spoke on the floor, saying he was concerned about summoning large numbers of prospective jurors for jury duty and then having part-timers manage them.

The Supreme Court in March invalidated the 2011 law, saying it violated the state constitution’s requirement that bills be confined to a single subject.

Forty-two counties had eliminated their jury commissioners under the law. A state judge recently ruled jury commissioner races won’t be on the primary ballot, leaving parties to pick nominees.

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