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be transferred to or assigned to perform the duties of any position subject to competitive examination, unless he shall have previously passed an open competitive examination equivalent to that required for such position, or unless he shall have served with fidelity in a similar position for at least three years.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule IV, section 5 Strike out the words “so far as practicable," so that the same shall read as follows:

Appointments to positions in the service of any county to which the provisions of these rules apply shall be made from residents of such county.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule VII, section 4 Strike out the following:

“Grade 1. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of not more than $600 per annum.

Grade 2. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $600, but not more than $900 per annum.

Grade 3. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $900, but not more than $1,200 per annum.

Grade 4. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1.200, but not more than $1,400 per annum.

Grade 5. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,400, but not more than $1,600 per annum.

Grade 6. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,600, but not more than $1,800 per annum.

Grade 7. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,800, but not more than $2,100 per annum.

Grade 8. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $2,100, but not more than $2,500 per annum.

Grade 9. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $2.500, but not more than $3,000 per annum.

Grade 10. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $3,000 per annum."

And insert in lieu thereof the following: Grade 1. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of not more than $360 per annum.

Grade 2. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $360, but not more than $480 per annum.

Grade 3. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $480, but not more than $600 per annum.

Grade 4. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $600, but not more than $720 per annum.

Grade 5. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $720, but not more than $900 per annum.

Grade 6. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $900, but not more than $1,200 per annum.

Grade 7. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,200, but not more than $1,500 per annum.

Grade 8. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,500, but not more than $1,800 per annum.

Grade 9. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $1,800, but not more than $2,100 per annum.

Grade 10. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $2,100, but not more than $2,400 per annum.

Grade 11. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $2,400, but not more than $3,000 per annum.

Grade 12. All positions, the compensation of which is at the rate of more than $3,000 per annum.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule X, section 2 Strike from the fourth line thereof the word “standard," and from the fifth line the words “wholly or in part," so that the same shall read as follows:

The Commission shall prepare lists of preliminary requirements and subjects of examination for the several positions and groups of positions in the competitive class, and under its direction and subject to its approval the chief examiner shall, from time to time, prepare such examinations for the positions and groups of positions aforesaid as shall be pertinent to them, under the provisions of the preceding section of this rule.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule X, section 5 Strike out the word “following ” in the second line. Also strike out the list of cities, and insert in lieu thereof the words, “ for which provision is made by law," so that the same shall read as follows:

Examinations of a general character shall be held at least once a year in each of the places for which provision is made by law, and may be held more often in such places, or at other places for specific purposes in the discretion of the Commission, and under its direction the chief examiner shall advertise such examinations in such manner as their nature may require. Previous notice of examinations shall be mailed to all persons who have made application in due form, with copies of such general or special regulations as the Commission shall prescribe.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule XI, section 4 Strike therefrom the last sentence, which reads as follows: “A transfer of names from one eligible list to another, prepared as above, may be made by direction of the Commission.”

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule XII, section 1 Add at the beginning thereof the words, “ Except in the case of veterans of the civil war, honorably discharged from the military or naval service of the United States," and strike out, at the end of the section, the words without regard to the provisions of rule XXIII limiting the power of removal," so that the same shall read as follows:

Except in the case of veterans of the civil war, honorably discharged from the military or naval service of the United States, every original appointment to or employment in any position in the competitive class shall be for a probationary term of three months, and an appointing or nominating officer in notifying a person certified to him for appointment or employment shall specify the same as for a probationary term only; and if the conduct, capacity and fitness of the probationer are satisfactory to the appointing officer, his retention in the service after the end of such term shall be equivalent to his permanent appointment, but if his conduct, capacity or fitness be not satisfactory he may be discharged at the end of such term.

(Adopted April 8, 1902. Approved by the governor April 18, 1902.)

Rule XIV, section 1 Strike therefrom the second sentence which reads as follows:

" Upon request of the appointing oflicer the Commission may permit persons occupying two or more of the next lower grades to compete for the promotion, reasons for such course being set forth in detail.”

And insert in lieu thereof the following:

On the request of the appointing officer, sufficient and proper reasons being set forth in detail in writing showing that the competition in the promotion examination should not be limited to the persons heretofore mentioned, the Commission may permit the incumbents of any of the following classes of positions to enter a promotion examination : first, persons who for more than six months have served in any of the lower grades in the same group in the same office, department or institution; second, persons who for more than six months have served in another group but in a similar position in the same office, department or institution; third, persons who for more than six months have served in the same or another group but in a similar position in other offices, departments or institutions; provided, however, that no persons in any of the three classes of positions aforementioned shall be permitted to enter such promotion examination unless the Commission shall first find, after due inquiry, that the nature of the duties of the positions held by the persons in the said classes, who seek to enter such promotion examination, are such its naturally and properly to fit them to perform the duties of the position to which they seek promotion as fully as the duties of the persons holding positions in the next two lower grades in the same group in the same office, department or institution; but all promotions of clerks, bookkeepers, stenographers, copyists, messengers, pages, and other employees whose duties are of a clerical character in all the state departments, bureaus, divisions, commissions and offices, shall be subject to the provision of section 6 of chapter 521 of the Laws of 1901, to wit: “ Promotions shall be made by successive grades so far as practicable, and no person shall be promoted to a position in the higher grade who has not served at least six months in the next lower grade.”

So that the same shall read as follows:

Except as otherwise provided in this rule whenever a vacancy occurs in any position in the competitive class above the lowest grade in any group, the chief examiner shall forthwith arrange to hold a promotion examination limited to those persons who have for more than six months served with fidelity in the next lower grade in such group in the same office, department or institution, provided, that if there are no persons who have served with fidelity for six months in the next lower grade, or provided all persons in the next lower grade fail in any promotion examination, then all persons in the second lower grade who have served with fidelity for six months in the same group in the same office, department or institution, shall have the right to compete in said promotion examination. On the request of the appointing officer, sufficient and proper reasons being set forth in detail in writing showing that the competition in the promotion examination should not be limited to the persons heretofore mentioned, the Commission may permit the incumbents of any of the following classes of positions to enter a promotion examination : first, persons who for more than six months have served in any of the lower grades in the same group in the same office, department or institution; second, persons who for more than six months have served in another group but in a similar position in the same office, department or institution; third, persons who for more than six months have served in the same or another group but in a similar position in other offices, departments or institutions; provided, however, that no persons in any of the three classes of positions

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