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State Personnel System

Colorado Ballot Measure - Amendment S

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Passed

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Argument For


Argument Against


Amendment S proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to:

- increase the number and types of state employees who may be exempt from the state civil service system, also known as the state personnel system;

- change testing and hiring procedures for filling vacancies in the state personnel system;

- expand hiring preferences for veterans; and

- adjust the terms of service and duties for members of the State Personnel Board, and the standard to remove certain members.

If approved, Amendment S:

- reduces board terms from five years to three years for members appointed or elected after January 1, 2013;

- limits board members from serving more than two terms;

- allows two appointees to serve or be removed at the Governor's pleasure;

- removes the authority of the board to set rules for the process and criteria used to evaluate and hire candidates for positions in the system; and

- allows the state personnel director to set the rules for evaluating and hiring candidates and to approve residency exemptions.

Measure Text

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the state personnel system, and, in connection therewith, expanding the veterans' preference; increasing the number of candidates eligible to be appointed to a position; adjusting the duration of allowable temporary employment; allowing the flexibility to remove a limited number of positions from the system; modifying the residency requirement; adjusting the terms of service for members of the state personnel board; and requiring merit-based appointments to be made through a comparative analysis process?

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