SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 62
(By Senators Trump, Weld, Azinger, Clements, Cline, Ferns, Karnes, Maynard, Rucker, Smith, and Swope.)
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary; Reported on April 5, 2017]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility and benefits of eliminating or reforming the state’s civil service system in an effort to modernize personnel management policies for the state’s agencies, and with an overall purpose to improve efficiency and maximize the utility of existing human resources.
Whereas, There is a growing belief that West Virginia’s civil service system is fundamentally flawed, inhibiting the effective operation of government, preventing the implementation of meritocratic hiring and promotion practices, and ultimately resulting in the inefficient expenditure of West Virginia taxpayers’ hard-earned resources; and
Whereas, To rectify this problem, the current civil service system must be reformed with a view towards: (1) Providing the executive branch increased flexibility and freedom in personnel management decisions to promote the overall effectiveness and efficiency of state government; (2) allowing each department of state government to operate within a framework of personnel policies and practices that are best suited for that department; (3) ensuring that the state’s most valued resource, its employees, are managed in a manner to promote workforce productivity and sound business practices; (4) allowing the state to recruit, hire, advance, promote and terminate employees based on their relative ability, knowledge, and skills, including open consideration of qualified applicants for initial employment; (5) providing state employees equitable and adequate compensation based on merit, job performance, job value and competitiveness within applicable labor markets; and (6) treating applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration in compliance with all applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination laws; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility and benefits of eliminating or reforming the state’s civil service system in an effort to modernize personnel management policies for the state’s agencies, and with an overall purpose to improve efficiency and maximize the utility of existing human resources; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2018, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations from the Joint Committee on Government Finance.