Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/10/1994 03:00 PM L&C

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  Number 020                                                                   
                                                                               
  HB 386 - RETIREMENT RTS:HRLY LEGISLATIVE EMPLOYEES                           
                                                                               
  TIM BENINTENDI, staff, Rep. Carl Moses, gave the following                   
  sponsor statement:                                                           
                                                                               
  HB 386 has two main objections:  One, to provide an avenue                   
  for cost saving opportunities for the Legislative Affairs                    
  Agency, and two, to expand flexibility when hiring                           
  nonpermanent workers.                                                        
                                                                               
  MR. BENINTENDI noted that the sponsor has offered a                          
  committee substitute (CS) for the committee's benefit that                   
  more clearly states the intent to distinguish between                        
  permanent hourly and temporary who would be hired without                    
  the retirement benefits.                                                     
                                                                               
  Number 034                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. MACKIE asked what they continued hourly employees.                      
                                                                               
  Number 046                                                                   
                                                                               
  PAM STOOPS, Executive Director, Legislative Affairs Agency,                  
  explained that the hourly employees referenced here would be                 
  in maintenance and supply when hired for a short duration,                   
  summer tour guide people, persons retired from the state                     
  that might work temporarily in the print shop.  Also, in                     
  Public Services the Agency hires hourly employees to                         
  moderate teleconferences.                                                    
                                                                               
  MS. STOOPS noted that these people could go back and pay                     
  back the costs and pick up this temporary retirement time.                   
                                                                               
  REP. MACKIE asked if this would affect session only staff.                   
  MS. STOOPS responded that this would not affect his current                  
  staff; they are considered monthly paid seasonals.                           
                                                                               
  Number 080                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked if this would affect any of the                        
  bargaining units.                                                            
                                                                               
  MS. STOOPS responded no.  She added that the executive                       
  branch has used this classification for years.                               
                                                                               
  Number 085                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON asked if these employees would receive benefits                  
  such as workers' compensation.                                               
                                                                               
  Number 090                                                                   
                                                                               
  MS. STOOPS responded yes.                                                    
                                                                               
  Number 105                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. MACKIE asked if there was or will there be a specific                   
  policy to describe exactly the employees referenced.  He                     
  expressed a specific concern that HB 386 not provide a means                 
  to hire employees and skirt around the benefits.                             
                                                                               
  Number 120                                                                   
                                                                               
  MS. STOOPS reiterated her desire to have the flexibility to                  
  hire as needed.                                                              
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER moved to adopt the L&C committee substitute for                  
  HB 386.  No objections were heard; it was so ordered.                        
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER moved CSHB 386(L&C) with individual                              
  recommendations and a negative fiscal note.  No objections                   
  were heard; it was so ordered.                                               

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