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Senate to take up civil service changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill overhauling Wisconsin’s civil service system.

The bill would eliminate applicant exams and bumping rights for more experienced workers, create merit raises, extend probation periods from six months to a year and define just cause for firings.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.

The Assembly passed a version of the bill in October that erases a requirement that job applicants indicate prior criminal convictions. Sen. Stephen Nass has been trying to retain the requirement in whatever the Senate passes, but on Wednesday said he has dropped that fight and the Senate will take up the Assembly version of the measure.

Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker. He supports the measure.

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