Miss. civil-service protection remains intact

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has killed an effort this year to temporarily strip away civil-service protection for thousands of state employees.

Senate Bill 2380 died because the House didn’t consider it before a deadline. Wednesday was the final day for the House and Senate to act on general bills that had already passed the opposite chamber.

Records show that 25,000 state employees had civil service protections as of Jan. 31, and 6,300 did not.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, both Republicans, had both sought to lift Personnel Board protection from the jobs to give state agency leaders more flexibility to manage budgets and get rid of employees more quickly, if needed.

Opponents say stripping away the protection would leave workers vulnerable to bosses’ personal and political whims.