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House passes bill inspired by Burnsville schools’ secret buyout

Remember the secret payout to the Burnsville Schools human resources director: $250,000 if Tania Chance would quietly leave her job, just seven months after signing a contract?

Legislators remember, and the Minnesota House has passed a bill that wouldn’t let such secrecy happen again.

The bill requires future agreements to be public anytime government entities make payouts of $10,000 or more to employees. Specific reasons for the payout would have to be made available, says the House Public Information Services.

The good news: The bill was passed 131-0 in the House and now goes to the Senate.

The bad news: It’s not retroactive to include the head-shaking Burnsville deal.

State officials are considering whether the Burnsville school officials followed the existing law in keeping the settlement details secret.

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