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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 7:12 PM 

Civil service bill author responds to Dems

After several Senate Dems spoke out against the civil service bill, the legislation's author responded.

Sen. Roger Roth said when he took on the job of writing the bill, his goal was to keep the core of civil service the same and make sure the state can attract more workers. But as for Dem accusations the bill could lead to patronage, Roth said it won't happen.

"Just because you say something, doesn't make it true," he said, noting civil service protections in state law for political affiliations still would be there if his bill passes.

But Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, disagreed. She cited portions of the proposal that explained what could lead to firing state employees, and those, she said, include personal conduct that is inadequate, unsuitable and inferior.

"That ambiguous rule could become a proxy for political retribution," Vinehout said.


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