[r31] State leaders take first step to crack down on nepotism in state government (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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

STATEHOUSE – Legislation authored by State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) and co-authored by Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) passed the House today 92-4. The bill was authored to clarify the state’s nepotism laws in state government.

House Bill 1250, first and foremost, prohibits a state employee from hiring a relative. It clarifies the state’s current nepotism statue that has been in existence since 1941, per the request of Indiana’s Inspector General.

“This legislation is an important addition to the many transparency initiatives that put in place when I was first Speaker in 2005. It is important for the State that those hired are based on skill, not on family relationships. This will ensure the best and most ethical service to Hoosiers,” said Speaker Bosma.

Second, it prohibits a state employee from working within the supervisory chain of command within the same agency.

Lastly, it prohibits an employee from working in the same agency where a state employee’s relative is the agency leader, unless that state employee has been within the agency for at least one year prior to the appointment of his or her relative as the agency leader.

HB 1250 only addresses state nepotism; it does not address nepotism for local government.

“We aimed to create legislation that would bring clarity and consistency to the state’s nepotism law,” said Rep. Mahan. “Today, we presented legislation that did exactly that.”

The bill now moves on to the Senate for further consideration.