Senate review 5-21-2021

George Burns

By Sen. GEORGE BURNS

It’s hard to believe that the 2021 legislative session is coming to a close. The past 16 weeks have been rather busy, but extremely productive, and I’m proud to share that we’ve accomplished many of the priorities we set for ourselves prior to session.

We passed major reforms for the hiring, firing and promoting of state employees by eliminating the Merit Protection System, effectively overhauling the state’s human resource system. The measure eliminates the current system, which categorizes employees as “classified,” “unclassified” and “at-will.” Basically, this measure will make it easier for managers to reward great employees and hire qualified individuals.


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