[r31] Bill addressing nepotism and conflict of interest in local government passes House (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012
End Date: 1/31/2012

STATEHOUSE –Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation aimed at reducing nepotism and conflict of interest among local government employees passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today with a 70-26 vote.

Relating to nepotism, House Bill (HB) 1005 stipulates that relatives may not be employed by an agency in positions resulting in one relative supervising another. Additionally, the bill specifies that local government employees may not be elected into a legislative or fiscal body overseeing the unit for which they work.

“We’re hearing about the ongoing problem of nepotism throughout the state,” said Rep. Mahan. “It’s not isolated to one area; we need to clean this up everywhere. I think this legislation can fix the problem of government agencies favoring employees’ relatives over other eligible candidates.

“Concerning conflict of interest, I think it’s a very reasonable idea that a government employee should not sit on a governing board that determines their respective salary or compensation.”

Rep. Mahan has similar legislation, HB 1250, regarding nepotism in state government that is awaiting further debate on the House Floor.

HB 1005 will move on to the Senate for further discussion and debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect July 1, 2012.

To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.