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Hatch and Civil Service

The Civil Service and Hatch Acts

All individuals who hold civil service positions in the Commonwealth are prohibited from participating in political activities. These restrictions are outlined by three regulations, including The Civil Service Act, The Governor’s Executive Order 1980-18 and The Hatch Act. The regulations limit a state employee from holding political office, participating in a political campaign and general political work. To learn more on the limitations of your political activity, please read the State Civil Service Commission’s “Political Guidelines for Civil Service Employees” brochure.

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The Hatch Act and Social Media

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