PITTSBURGH (AP) – A divided Pennsylvania appeals court is restoring a requirement that Pittsburgh police officers live within the city limits.

Commonwealth Court ruled 4 to 3 on Thursday that an arbitration panel shouldn’t have inserted a clause into the police union contract that’s let officers live within 25 miles of the City-County Building.

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Mayor Bill Peduto says the decision “marks an important reaffirmation of the rights of Pittsburgh and other local governments statewide to rule themselves, and do what they deem to be best for their residents.”

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Police union lawyer Bryan Campbell says the organization will seek a Supreme Court appeal. He says the option of living outside the city gives officers greater choice in schools and housing.

City voters overwhelmingly added the requirement to Pittsburgh’s Home Rule Charter in 2013.

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