HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Judiciary Committee approved three bills providing uniformity to the process of filling county district attorney vacancies. Currently, succession plans for district attorney vary from county to county. Some mandate that the first assistant district attorney is appointed to the position, while other counties allow county commissioners or judges to appoint new district attorneys. Senate Bill 84, 85, and 86 would make the process consistent and transparent by mandating that any vacancies for the post are filled by the first assistant in Second through Eighth class counties, including those with home rule charters. It would also require that the District Attorney’s office be on the ballot during the next municipal election so voters can make their choice.