Majority of state employees could have civil-service protections lifted

Cockerham said during Thursday’s floor debate that agency heads would have to consult the Attorney General’s office to ensure no state or federal laws were being violated.

Appropriations Chairman Representative John Read said it’s also a budget issue. He said agency heads need the flexibility to reorganize the agency, but he maintains the purpose is not to make firing workers easier.

“Reality is there could be more cuts coming,” explained Read. “Give these agencies a chance to operate and not put people on the street.”

Representative Tom Miles requested the bill be held on a motion to reconsider. He said he’s been flooded with calls and emails from state employees.