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Agencies, lawmakers offer few details on civil service tales

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  MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State officials and legislators aren't offering many details to support a handful of anecdotes they say justify overhauling Wisconsin's civil service system.
   Rep. Jim Steineke and Sen. Roger Roth plan to introduce a bill next week that would re-shape hiring rules for non-political appointees.
   Steineke, Roth and Gov. Scott Walker all have justified the moves by telling vague stories of misbehaving state employees.
   Steineke's office referred questions Friday about the anecdotes to Roth's office, who referred questions to the specific state agencies involved.
   Two agencies -- the departments of Financial Institutions and Corrections -- confirmed stories involving their employees. Another, the Public Service Commission, revealed the date of an incident the lawmakers mentioned but released no additional information. The Department of Natural Resources and Department of Revenue didn't return messages.
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