2004 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Wampler
Justices Expenses (language only)

Item 26 #2s

Item 26 #2s

Judicial Department
Supreme Court

Page 17, line 11-13, strike "in lieu of travel and all other expenses incurred incident to the conduct of the business of the Court, except lodging expenses incurred while conducting the business of the Court," and insert "for expenses not otherwise reimbursed,".

(This amendment adjusts language in the Appropriation Act to allow Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia to be reimbursed for expenses as other state employees, and as was permitted for Judges of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, but was not included as part of a revised budget due to the lack of a budget agreement during the 2001 General Assembly. Currently, Justices of the Supreme Court receive a $6,500 allowance in lieu of travel and other expenses, except lodging. Accordingly, mileage and meal expenses are reimbursed through the $6,500 payment. For some Justices, these expenses exceed the allowance. In addition, there are other expenses incurred by Justices that are not otherwise reimbursed, such as those associated with attending meetings or serving on committees. The proposed change allows the Justices to be reimbursed for travel expenses so that sufficient funds will be available from the $6,500 allowance for reimbursement of these other expenses not otherwise reimbursed.)