Revisions to allow more workers to seek political office

Changes are likely in a more than 70-year-old law that has stopped government employees working with federal funds from running for local office.

The Hatch Act was approved in 1939, and one of its three rules is that state and local employees whose jobs are connected to federal funding cannot run for political office. The point of the law was to keep partisan politics out of the workplace.

But locally and across the country, the law was actually preventing qualified candidates from running for office, U.S. Office of Special Counsel spokeswoman Ann O’Hanlon said.

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