I see Nass’ point, and I might agree with him, but it’s not worth tabling civil service reform over it. Hopefully, Nass is just making a point and will let the legislation proceed in a few days.
Senate Labor Chair Steve Nass has put off a committee vote on the civil service overhaul because he opposes a provision that would ban administrations from asking about an applicant’s criminal background.
The Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee had planned to vote on the bill tomorrow. But Nass aide Mike Mikalsen said the lawmaker received an amendment to the bill only today and was still going through it.
Nass also opposes the so-called “ban the box” provision that would prevent the state from requiring applicants check a box if they have a criminal record. Under the bill, the administration can ask applicants about a conviction record only if it would disqualify them from a civil service position.
Mikalsen said current law lets each administration decide whether to include the question on applications for state employment, and Nass would prefer to keep it that way.