KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state comptroller said a recently released report criticizing the way the state hires and promotes employees was sent to Gov. Bill Haslam prior to him proposing legislation that would overhaul the system.

Justin Wilson, a Republican, told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the groundwork on the report started in 2004 and after Haslam won election in 2010, he sent the governor-elect a draft of the report. (http://bit.ly/wsOMaK ). The final report was released to the public last week.

Comptroller reports are traditionally kept under wraps until publicly issued.

Haslam's bill would eliminate bumping, which allows a state employee whose job is abolished to take the position of another employee with less seniority. The Tennessee State Employee Association says the proposal removes seniority as a protection for state employees during layoffs.

 

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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