Effort continues to spare civil service protection

A measure to strip civil service protection from state employees remained stalled in the House on Wednesday, with supporters lacking the votes to remove a holding motion and send it on to the Senate.

The bill originally passed the House 62-58, but was held on a motion to reconsider. When it came time to try to table the motion to reconsider, that vote failed 59-61. Supporters, however, will have another try. Monday is the deadline for motions on bills to be cleared in order for them to advance to the Senate.

State employees have pushed back against the measure,?¬†lighting up lawmakers’ phones and in boxes in opposition.

Clarion Ledger