Alabama senator plans bill to end nepotism

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state senator plans to introduce legislation that would strengthen the state's ban on hiring or promoting an employee based on family ties.

The proposed legislation by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur prohibits all state employees from being hired or promoted based on family relationships. Orr said the current law has loopholes and that his measure would end the practice known as nepotism.

Orr's proposal also prohibits an individual from entering into a personal service contract with the state or any of its agencies based on nepotism.

Orr said the current law makes exceptions for Alabama merit system employees, which he said includes much of the state's workforce.

Orr said he expects to introduce the legislation on the first day of the 2013 session, which starts Feb. 5.



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