Bill removing civil service protection killed
Legislation to take away civil service protection for more than 20,000 state employees was voted down Tuesday in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Tuesday was the deadline to pass bills originating in one chamber out of committee in the other chamber.
Taking agencies out from under the auspices of the Personnel Board, which provides civil service protection in Mississippi, has been a priority during the 2017 session for the Republican legislative leadership and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.
But in the Senate Appropriations Committee, a few Republicans teamed with Democrats to reject the bill by a 13-11 margin.
Posted March 1, 2017 - 2:30 am