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Restrict Employment Of Relatives By Public Officials

Concerning restrictions on the employment of relatives by public officials.
2017 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a public official from appointing, employing, promoting, or advancing a relative, and from advocating for the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative, in or to a position in the state agency in which the public official is serving or over which the public official exercises jurisdiction or control. An individual who is appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced by a public official who is a relative, or who had a relative who is a public official advocate for his or her appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, is not entitled to salary or benefits in connection with state employment. These requirements do not apply to positions in which the employee is paid hourly.

The executive director of the department of personnel is authorized to promulgate rules for the temporary employment of individuals whose employment would otherwise be prohibited in the event of emergencies resulting from natural disasters or similar unforeseen events.

The bill does not prohibit an individual from being appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in a state agency in which he or she has a relative who is a public official, so long as the public official did not violate the provisions of the bill and the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement is accordance with the requirements of the state personnel system specified in the state constitution and the 'State Personnel System Act'.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. A. Kerr



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details