Governor's civil service bill headed to his desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul state civil service rules is headed to him to become law.

The proposal passed the Senate 30-3 on Thursday, a day after being approved 74-19 in the House.

The measure would make it easier for executive branch employees to be hired and fired, and would allow for merit raises for high-performing workers -- and pay decreases for poor ones.

Other elements of the bill would require written performance standards and annual evaluations, set a minimum of three candidates to be interviewed for openings, and reduce the minimum layoff notice from three months to 30 days.

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