- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign the bill that overhauls the state’s civil service system in the next week or two.

Walker said Friday he’ll likely sign the bill that reworks the state’s hiring and firing practices in northeastern Wisconsin, along with some other bills that recently passed the Legislature.

Republicans pushed the civil service bill through the Senate on Wednesday. The Assembly passed it in October.

With the governor’s signature, layoffs of state workers would be based primarily on an employee’s job performance, not seniority. Currently, layoffs can be determined by seniority, job performance or a combination of the two.

The bill also creates merit bonuses and would allow agencies to put new hires on probation for up to two years rather than the current mandatory six months, among other things.

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This story has been updated to correct agencies could put new hires on probation for up to two years.

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