Comptroller gave Haslam draft of employee audit

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, said 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. 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.

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