See the original article by Tim Hoover in The Denver Post.
Coloradans will get the chance in November to enact the biggest changes to the state personnel system in a century.
The Colorado House today gave final approval to House Concurrent Resolution 1001, which will ask voters to make changes to the state constitution that govern the personnel system. The House also approved House Bill 1321, which makes a variety of statutory changes to the personnel system, including limiting “bumping rights” that now allow more senior employees who have been laid off to push out newer employees if the senior employees meet minimum qualifications for the job description.
“Our goal throughout this process has been to protect merit, protect jobs and fight for a new pay system,” said Scott Wasserman, executive director of Colorado WINS, a union representing state employees. “I feel confident that’s what we’ve achieved here.
“We will be neutral on the referendum because Colorado’s personnel system will remain intact no matter what the voters decide in November. Our job is to make sure that voters and state employees have all the facts about that this measure does and does not do.”
The ballot measure would ask voters to:
- Change the current testing system for job applicants from one that uses a strictly “competitive” test to a “comparative” test.
- Change the current rule that limits the number of finalists for a job that can be considered to three and increase the number to six.
- Increase the amount of time state agencies can employ temporary workers from six months to nine months.
- Change the current requirement that says applicants for most jobs have to be Colorado residents and give the state personnel director some discretion to alter the requirement. The change also would allow out-of-state applicants for jobs that are within 30 miles of the state’s border, where requiring only in-state applicants often makes it hard to fill jobs with qualified applicants.
- Redraw membership on the state personnel board so that members serve three-year, rather than five-year, terms and limits them to two terms. In addition, two members would serve at the governor’s pleasure.
Tim Hoover, The Denver Post