DENVER (AP) -- State employees are under the microscope as the Colorado Legislature begins revising employee protections.
A House committee was scheduled Wednesday to examine a bipartisan proposal to rewrite Progressive-Era rules about how employees can be hired and fired.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has called on lawmakers to update those rules. Many of the changes will have to be approved by voters because the protections are in the state constitution.
The changes include revised pay standards and big changes to the so-called "bumping" rule, in which senior employees could "bump" newer hires if they're laid off.
Colorado's public employee union is neutral on the bill. The executive director of the union says employees like parts of the bill, including limits on temporary work.
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