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March 2, 2017 / jimnv

Charter Agency Threat

SB 4 proposes that any executive branch agency can be designated by the governor as a “charter agency”. The bill states any agency designated as a charter agency would operate under different rules and all employees of the agency would become unclassified and subject to removal at any time and presumably for any or no reason. There would no longer be civil service protections and this bill if it becomes law, would inject extreme politics into the operation of any or all state agencies.

For example, if you become an employee of a charter agency, you could be fired for being in a political party the governor or his executive director does not like.

The bill started its path last November. There is no name attached to the bill which is typical of a dishonest politician who craves secrecy over transparent democracy.

The following paragraphs give the reader some idea of what is being proposed:

Sec. 2. 1. The Governor, by executive order, may designate or rescind the designation of any department established by law  within the Executive Department of the State Government as a  charter agency. Such a designation or rescission must not become effective until the next following July 1.  One year after the effective date of the designation of a department as a charter agency, all employees of the department become employees in the unclassified service of the State.

The Governor, by executive order, may designate  or rescind the designation of any department established by law within the Executive Department of the State Government as a  charter agency. Such a designation or rescission must not become  effective until the next following July 1. One year after the effective date of the designation of a department as a charter agency, all employees of the department become employees in the unclassified service of the State.

Emphasis is mine.

 

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