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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Please do not feed the state employees

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 3:34 PM

It makes sense, but I didn't know state employees couldn't have political signs on their personal cars if they use them for state business ( I assume this means if they receive reimbursement for mileage )   This would explain the lack of political stickers on politicians' cars I suppose.  

Also - state officials can't use treats to get an employee to contribute to a campaign.

No State official (whether elected or appointed) shall assess employees for any political purpose or use treats or coercion to require or persuade an employee to contribute to a particular candidate or cause.

I assume it's a typo, but it's much more funny this way. I can imagine the conversation - "Will you donate $100 for a scoobie snack?  Two scoobie snacks? A Klondike bar?"

Section 200.1.14 State Employees Political Activity - GPD #9
State employees can, should and are encouraged to participate in the election process so long as assistance to candidates is rendered on the employee’s own time and State property is not involved. Employees are not to endorse candidates, including the Governor, in their official capacity as State employees. A person’s status as an employee of the State is public knowledge. Public endorsements of a candidate can easily be interpreted as endorsements of an official capacity.The legal provisions can be summarized as follows: 1. State employees are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity during the hours they are performing work for, and being paid by an agency of State government. 2. Political banners, posters or literature should never be allowed to be displayed on or in any State office. 3. Political bumper stickers or decals should never be displayed on or in a State car. State vehicles must not be used during or after working hours to promote or assist the candidacy of any person in any way. State employees may not display political advertising on personal vehicles when using these vehicles in the performance of official duties for which they shall be reimbursed by the State. 4. No State official (whether elected or appointed) shall assess employees for any political purpose or use treats or coercion to require or persuade an employee to contribute to a particular candidate or cause.

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