Senate Bill 0302
DIGEST OF SB302 (Updated February 22, 2011 6:34 pm - DI 84)
Nepotism. Prohibits a relative of an executive, a member of the legislative body, or a member of the fiscal body (public official) of a county, city, town, or township (local unit) from being employed by the local unit. Prohibits an individual who is a relative of: (1) an elected officer (not including an executive or member of the legislative or fiscal body); or (2) an employee; of a local unit from being employed by the local unit in a position that would put the elected officer or employee in a direct line of supervision over the individual. Specifies that an employee of a local unit is not required by these provisions to be terminated or reassigned from any position held by that individual before July 1, 2011, but provides that this grandfathering provision expires January 1, 2015. Provides that a unit can enter into or renew a contract for (1) the procurement of goods and services; or (2) a contract for public works; with a relative of a public official or a business entity in which a relative has an ownership interest if the public official makes full written disclosure and satisfies any other requirements of the public purchasing law or the public works law. Requires each public official and elected officer of the local unit to annually certify in writing, subject to the penalties for perjury, that the official or officer is in compliance with the nepotism law and submit the certification to the executive of the local unit. Requires the executive of the local unit to file with the annual personnel report filed with the state board of accounts, a statement: (1) certified under the penalties for perjury; and (2) that the unit has implemented a policy that complies with the nepotism law.
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