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Senate Bill 0170


Senate Bill 0170

ARCHIVE (2012)

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DIGEST OF SB 170 (Updated February 21, 2012 5:02 pm - DI 84)


Nepotism; conflict of interest. Specifies that the following are not lucrative offices: (1) Notary public. (2) Membership on a board administered by the professional licensing agency. Provides that an employee of a county, city, town, or township (unit) is considered to have resigned from employment with the unit if the employee assumes the elected executive office of the unit or becomes an elected member of the unit's legislative or fiscal body. Provides that a volunteer firefighter may not assume or hold a position on the executive, legislative, or fiscal body of a unit that receives fire protection services from the department in which the volunteer firefighter serves. Specifies that the restriction does not prevent an elected officer from serving on a board, commission, or committee of the unit. Provides that the restriction does not prohibit an employee or volunteer firefighter from holding an elected office of another unit. Allows an employee or a volunteer firefighter who assumes or holds an elected office on January 1, 2013, to continue to hold the office and be employed by the unit or serve as a volunteer firefighter until the expiration of the term of office. Provides that relatives may not be employed by a unit in positions that result in one relative being in the direct line of supervision of the other relative. Provides that an individual who is employed by a unit on July 1, 2012, is not subject to the provisions regarding nepotism unless the individual has a break in employment with the unit. Provides that for purposes of the nepotism law, the performance of the duties of a precinct election officer or a volunteer firefighter is not considered employment by a unit. Provides that an individual who is employed by a unit on the date the individual's relative begins serving a term of an elected office of the unit: (1) may remain employed by the unit and maintain the individual's position or rank even if the individual would be in the direct line of supervision of the individual's relative; and (2) may not be promoted to a position or, in the case of an individual who is a member of a merit police department or merit fire department, promoted to a position that is not within the merit ranks, if the new position would place the individual in the direct line of supervision of the individual's relative. Makes the following additional exceptions: (1) Allows a township trustee whose office is located in the trustee's personal residence to employ only one relative to work in the township trustee's office and be in the trustee's line of supervision. (2) Allows a coroner who is ineligible for another term of office due to term limits to be hired by the coroner's successor, even though the successor is a relative and will result in the coroner working in the successor's direct line of supervision. (3) Allows a sheriff to hire the sheriff's spouse as prison matron for the county and work in the sheriff's direct line of supervision. Limits the total compensation of the township trustee's employed relative to $5,000 per year. Provides that provisions concerning nepotism apply to a person who is a party to an employment contract with a unit. Requires the legislative body of the unit to implement a policy under the nepotism and contracting provisions. Allows the legislative body of the unit to implement a policy that is more stringent and detailed. Requires each elected official of the unit to annually certify in writing, subject to the penalties for perjury, that the official is in compliance with the nepotism and contracting law and to 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 regarding whether the unit has implemented a policy under the nepotism and contracting provisions Provides that a unit can enter into or renew: (1) a contract for the procurement of goods and services; or (2) a contract for public works; with a relative of an elected official or a business entity in which a relative has an ownership interest if the elected official does not violate the criminal conflict of interest statute and the elected official makes full, written disclosure and satisfies any other requirements of the public purchasing law or the public works law.
    Current Status:
     Passed 2nd reading - 2nd House
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