LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Kansas House Advances Bill Allowing Employment Changes

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would allow state agencies to move more jobs out of the civil service system. Civil service jobs come with protections from being fired for “non-merit” reasons, including political affiliation

The Department of Administration says the change would give agencies more flexibility in hiring and revamping positions. Republican Representative Erin Davis says changes for current employees would be voluntary. She used the example of a classified employee considering a new unclassified position.


“I will consider that, and make the move if I would like to. I'm not required to,” says Davis.
 
But Democratic Representative John Carmichael calls it “coercion.”

“There’s nothing voluntary about when you want a promotion or when you want a raise being required to sign away your civil service rights and protections,” says Carmichael.
 
Legislators also considered if protections should be added to prevent discrimination against LGBT workers, but a majority of the chamber rejected the issue by saying it was not relevant to the bill.

====================

(VERSION TWO)

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would allow state agencies to move more jobs out of the civil service system. The Department of Administration says the change would give agencies more flexibility in hiring and revamping positions.

Republican Representative Erin Davis says changes for current employees would be optional. She used the example of a classified employee considering a new unclassified position.


“I will consider that, and make the move if I would like to. I’m not required to,” says Davis.

The civil service system includes protections from being fired for non-merit reasons, including political affiliation.

Democratic Representative Pam Curtis says the change would bring Kansas back to the days when public service jobs were political spoils handed out after an election.


“Creating an old, outdated patronage system where they may be subjected to political whims,” says Curtis.

Legislators also considered if protections should be added to prevent discrimination against LGBT workers, but a majority of the chamber rejected the issue by saying it was not relevant to the bill.
 

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org