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2021 House Bill 4591: Ban state "severance pay" and “confidentiality agreements” with officials
Introduced by Rep. John Roth (R) on March 25, 2021
To prohibit the state from entering “severance pay,” “nondisclosure” or “confidentiality” agreements with current or prospective government officials and appointees, subject a fine of up to $2,500. Specifically, such agreements would be unlawful if the payment exceeded 12 weeks of the individual's regular pay, or prohibited him or her from revealing factual information about an alleged violation of law. This would not apply to unionized state employees whose terms of employment are already specified by a union contract. The bill comes after it was revealed the former head of the state health department who resigned during the coronavirus epidemic was the beneficiary of such a deal.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on March 25, 2021
Reported in the House on April 22, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on May 5, 2021
Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on May 5, 2021

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