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Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Item 427 #1c

Item 427 #1c

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Procedures for Prepayment of Civil Penalties in an Executive Order
Criminal Justice Services, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $1,000,000 GF

Language
Page 398, line 13, strike "$29,198,089" and insert "$30,198,089".
Page 398, line 23, before "Out", insert "A."
Page 398, after line 29, insert:
"B.1.  Included in this item is $1,000,000 in the second year from the general fund to address salary compression and starting salaries for forensic scientists at the Division of Forensic Science. The Director of the Division of Forensic Science and the Director of the Department of Human Resource Management shall prepare a plan for addressing salary compression and salaries of professional forensic scientists in order to retain and recruit forensic scientists.  By June 1, 2005, the Director of the Division of Forensic Sciences and the Director of the Department of Human Resource Management shall present a report to the Secretary of Public Safety, the Secretary of Administration, and the Governor.  Prior to implementation of the plan, the Secretary of Public Safety shall communicate the plan to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.
2.  The Director of the Department of Forensic Science, in conjunction with the Director of the Department of Human Resource Management, shall prepare a report that details the Department of Forensic Science's efforts to recruit forensic scientists to fill the positions authorized by the 2005 Session of the General Assembly.  The report shall address the fill rate for the positions authorized by the 2005 Session of the General Assembly and any issues, including pay factors, that limit the ability of the Department to recruit and retain highly qualified forensic scientists.  The Director of the Department of Forensic Science and the Director of the Department of Human Resource Management shall report their findings to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 1, 2005."


Explanation
(This amendment provides $1.0 million the second year from the general fund for the Division of Forensic Science to address salary compression and market competition issues for scientific and professional positions.)