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E-mail urges GOHSEP workers to support amendment

4 years ago October 02, 2010 Oct 2, 2010 Saturday, October 02 2010 Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:48:25 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

An employee at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow employees, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on Saturday's ballot that affects their employment.

State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote for or against candidates or propositions in any election.

That leads to questions about whether the use of a state e-mail account to push for the constitutional amendment could be a violation.

Maryann Tumino, legislative liaison for GOHSEP, sent out the e-mail Friday, asking workers to vote for the proposal to make GOHSEP employees not subject to civil service rules and protections.

When The Associated Press asked questions, another e-mail was sent asking workers to disregard the previous message. GOHSEP Director Mark Cooper refused an interview, but his spokeswoman said Cooper didn't authorize Tumino's e-mail.

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