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Submitted Photo Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is pictured receiving the PA State Township Supervisors Association President’s Award for public service defending our local townships.

People aged 70 and over could exempt themselves from jury duty under a bill introduced this week in the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, formally introduced the bill after publicly mooting the idea in mid-May. House Bill 2732 has received support from several Democrats as well as three Republican members of the House, meaning the bill could go to committee for a vote.

“Our elders have done their civic duty for decades, and they deserve relief from the stressful and exhausting process of being called as a juror,” Snyder said. “This bill would help seniors save money and energy and give them more time with family and friends.”

The bill would allow people over the age of 70 to opt out of jury duty, although older people who want to serve on juries would still be allowed to do so.

According to Elderlawanswers.com, Mississippi and South Carolina allow seniors to be excused or excused from jury duty at age 65, followed by age 70 in Alabama, Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts. , Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. North Carolina and Wyoming allow an exemption from age 72 followed by an exemption at age 75 in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Hawaii and South Dakota begin exempting seniors from jury duty at age 80.

“Each year, thousands of Pennsylvanians attend jury duty across the state, lending their diverse voices to many cases. Often, people attending jury duty must find their own transportation, travel to the courthouse, and attend lengthy hearings. For our older fellow citizens, this can be exhausting. Having done their civic duty for decades, the elderly deserve a break from the stress of being called to serve on a jury,” Snyder wrote in his legislative memorandum.



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