Civil-Service Overhaul Passes Testy Senate Committee, Stalls in House

The governor’s proposed Civil Service overhaul tested the patience of some state senators today. A committee ultimately moved the measure out with a party-line vote, after some three hours of talk.

The governor’s proposal is to streamline how the state hires and fires workers, and the committee chairman insisted the bill wouldn’t wait another week for approval. That drew the ire of a couple Democrats, who, after barreling through a thick pile of amendments, complained they weren’t getting a chance to spell out their concerns.

Joe Haynes, who’s set to retire after this year, argued the measure paves the way for state officials to kick good workers out and replace them with political allies.

“You’re setting up political firings to take place down in the depths of state government for employees that deserve better. That’s what you’re setting up under the pretense of doing good.”

The committee ultimately pushed the bill through, six Republicans for, three Democrats against. But the measure moved no closer to passage on the House side; a committee there put off dealing with it one week.

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Links:

Senate Committee Restores Hiring Preference for Vets to Civil-Service Overhaul

Capitol: SB2246 Norris / HB 2384 McCormick

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