SECRET SETTLEMENTS: Hearings Continue

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The Senate Oversight Committee heard more testimony Thursday about settlements with fired state workers.

The chair of the Public Employment Relations Board, Jim Riordon spoke about hiring practices under the Branstad administration.

Michelle Minnehan, Chief Operating Office in Human Resources at the Department of Administrative Services, also talked about the process of hiring workers at the state level and how state jobs are classified.

Tuesday, Doug Woodley, a deputy with the DAS, told the Oversight Committee that federal dollars might have been used to fund the confidential settlements.

State Senator Matt McCoy says if it’s true, it may have broken federal laws and could jeopardize Iowa’s ability to accept future federal funds.

We’ll have more on the hearings in the Channel 13 News at Five and Six.

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