Legislative Service Commission -38- H.B. 153As Pending in H. Finance and Appropriations
Civil service law
(R.C. 124.09, 124.23, 124.231, 124.25, 124.26, 124.27, and 124.31)
Civil service examinations
The bill requires the Director of Administrative Services to prescribe by rule thenotification method that is to be used by an appointing authority to notify the Directorthat a position in the state classified civil service is to be filled. The bill states, as ageneral principle, that when a position in the state classified civil service is to be filled,an examination is to be administered. But, the bill authorizes the Director, withsufficient justification from an appointing authority, to allow the appointing authorityto fill a position by noncompetitive examination. The Director must establish, by ruleadopted under the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires notice and a hearing),standards the Director is to use to determine what serves as sufficient justification froman appointing authority to fill a position by noncompetitive examination.The bill requires the Director to post notices via electronic media of everyexamination to be conducted for positions in the state classified civil service. Theelectronic notice must be posted on the Director s Internet site for a minimum of oneweek preceding any examination. Under current law, notices must be posted for twoweeks in conspicuous public places such as court houses and city halls, and in the officeof the Director.The bill authorizes the Director to delegate the Directors civil service examiningauthority to a designee.
The bill provides for special examinations to be administered to legally blindpersons and legally deaf persons who are applying for any position in the classifiedcivil service. Current law provides that special examinations are to be administeredonly for original appointments. The bill also removes the Directors express authority toadminister equitable programs for the employment of legally blind persons and legallydeaf persons.
The bill requires an appointing authority that is making an appointment to aposition in the classified civil service, to make the appointment in the followingmanner: each time a selection is made, it must be from one of the names that ranks inthe top 25% of the eligible list. But, in the event that ten or fewer names are on theeligible list, the appointing authority may select any of the listed candidates. Current