Bill to protect career workers goes to House

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A bill to protect career state employees, in case the tough economic times force layoffs, cleared a House committee with ease Thursday.

The House State Government Committee unanimously voted to send House Bill 387, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham, to the full House, with no discussion. The bill would amend current state law to place interim employees and unclassified employees with less than one year's experience, as well as those employed through personal service contracts, whose duties could be assumed by others, on the front lines of layoffs - should layoffs have to occur.

"My only concern is if there is enough time to get it to a vote in the House and then the Senate," Graham said after the meeting. "It's a right and fair piece of legislation."

Graham has stressed the bill isn't targeting principal assistants or other political appointees. He said the bill is just to ensure fairness under the worst-case scenario of layoffs in the midst of Kentucky's nearly $400 million budget shortfall.

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