JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most Mississippi state government employees could lose civil service protection for three years under a bill legislative leaders are pushing as a way to potentially save money in tight budget times.
The proposal is in House Bill 974 , which passed the House on a split vote Thursday. Opponents held it for the possibility of another debate on another day.
Supporters said removing Personnel Board supervision from most state government jobs would give directors the flexibility to reorganize agencies to become leaner and more efficient.
"Let's give it a shot and see how well it works," said Rep. Angela Cockerham, D-Magnolia.