Judith Havemann's article on the Hatch Act {"Administration Assails Bill to Ease Hatch Restrictions," June 4} fails to mention the most important reason for passing the legislation. The article focused on the statements of a number of witnesses that the Hatch Act is vague and confusing, leaving federal employees uncertain as to what types of political activity are legally permissible.

Even if the Office of Special Counsel were to issue a set of clear and concise regulations, leaving no room for imagination, federal employees would still be denied the right to full participation in our political system.

The legislation introduced by Rep. William Clay, which I cosponsored, would permit federal employees to take an active role in partisan politics. The two bills contain a series of provisions designed to prevent any form of coercion or intimidation. Federal employees would be prohibited from campaigning on federal property, and the use of official authority or influence to interfere with election results in any way would be expressly forbidden.

The current restrictions of the Hatch Act, legislation passed in 1939 under very different circumstances, deny almost all federal employees the right to active participation in the political process enjoyed by most citizens. This year, in which we celebrate the 200th anniversary of our Constitution, is a particularly appropriate time for the political emancipation of our federal employees.

STEPHEN J. SOLARZ U.S. Representative (D-N.Y.) Washington