Bell, Haas still state employees after vote

The ousted leaders of the state Ethics and Elections commissions remain employed as state employees.

Department of Administration spokesman Steve Michels says Elections leader Michael Haas remains employed as an attorney for the commission. And he says Ethics administrator Brian Bell can return to his previous job within the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

The Senate voted Tuesday to reject their confirmations as leaders of the Ethics and Elections commissions. State employee laws allowed them to return to previous jobs they held.

Both commissions are meeting later this week to discuss next steps, including hiring interim directors.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he hopes the commissions won’t re-hired Bell and Haas as interim directors.