Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6787

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION PROCESS FOR CERTAIN CLASSES OF POSITIONS IN THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/26/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employees Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill would require the Commissioner of Administrative Service to apply the most recent score from a promotional exam to the candidates list for a subsequent examination of the same classification. This would avoid re-testing.

Substitute Language:

Specifies that if DAS applies the scores from a test to a subsequent test, it must be a test for the same job classification.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Melody A. Currey, Department of Administrative Services, testified that DAS cannot support the bill entirely. DAS cannot support the added language at lines 14 through 16 in subsection (a) and in line 6 changing “may” to “shall” will require that exams be offered on a continuous basis and this is just not feasible.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Melodie Peters, President, AFT Connecticut, AFL-CIO testified that the current process of requiring state employees to take these exams multiple times was ineffective since the exams do not change dramatically. It is a liability fiscally as well since there is a loss of time to prepare and take the exams as well as the cost associated with administering the tests.

Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Connecticut AFL-CIO, said she could think of no quantifiable reason to continue with the inefficient process of requiring State Employees who have been proficient in their present positions to retake promotional exams multiple limes when there has been no change to the exam.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None submitted

Reported by: Marie Knudsen

Date: March 23, 2015