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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 9:35 AM 

Larson rips civil service bill

Saying the Republican-backed civil service bill is "gutting about 110 years worth of law," Sen. Chris Larson is calling for a leg study committee to develop a bipartisan proposal.

Larson, a member of the Senate's Labor and Government Reform Committee, said there's a reason why Dems are lining up against the bill.

Sen. Roger Roth, though, said several states in the past decade already have been adopting many similar changes to their civil service systems. And, the Appleton Republican said, those changes have gone through with bipartisan support.

Still, Larson, D-Milwaukee, used WEDC as a model of what happens when an agency does away with civil service protections and said that is not the model the state should follow. He also said Roth's bill doesn't those protections and opens the door to "streamlining corruption, streamlining power."

"I'm not seeing that in the bill," Larson said, "other than pinkie swears."

But Roth said the protections remain.

"The alarms that you're trying to raise," he told Larson, "are unfounded."


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