On November 30, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S2170, which makes it possible for certain government employees to run for partisan office. Under existing law, if a state or local government employee’s salary is paid in part by federal government money, that employee cannot run for partisan office, just as federal employees under civil service can’t run for partisan office.
The bill changes the rules for state and local government employees. If it is signed into law, only state and local government employees whose salary is entirely paid by the federal government will be barred from running for partisan office.
The bill also says that employees of the District of Columbia government should no longer be treated as though they were federal employees, for purposes of the prohibition in running for partisan office. Thanks to Rick Hasen for this news.