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Lawmakers seek to stop state officials from hiring relatives


The Associated Press - January 6, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. - Several Republican lawmakers say they're seeking to block state officials from hiring relatives after GOP Gov. Kristi Noem's daughter was hired to work in her administration.

Republican Sen. Stace Nelson, the bill's main sponsor, said in a statement that outraged state residents contacted him after the hiring. Noem announced in December that her daughter would be a policy analyst in the governor's office.

Nelson says state employment should be based solely on merit, not on "political family power." A spokeswoman for Noem didn't immediately comment.

Nelson's bill would prohibit state officials and employees from serving in a supervisory capacity over relatives including parents, spouses, children and siblings.

The 2019 legislative session starts Tuesday.



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