• Danville Senator’s nepotism bill passes out of committee

    January 12, 2012 No comments

    Members of the Senate Committee on Local Government voted 9-0 yesterday in favor of legislation authored by Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) to eliminate nepotism at all levels of Indiana government.

    Senate Bill 170 would prohibit an individual from serving in a direct supervisory role over a family member within any government unit. The legislation does grandfather those individuals employed prior to July 1, 2012 unless the person has a break in employment from the government unit. It also specifies that a volunteer firefighter or a precinct election officer is not considered employment by a unit of government.

    Lawson’s legislation would also require public employees elected to serve on an executive or fiscal body of the county, city, town or township that oversees their agencies to decide if they want to remain an employee of that unit or begin their term as an elected official.

    Senate Bill 170 now heads to the full Senate for further action.

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