2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Member Request)

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Minimum Staffing Standard for Court Services

Item 59 #4h

Item 59 #4h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Compensation Board FY2007 $0 FY2008 $139,612 GF

Page 46, line 51, strike "$382,352,519" and insert "$382,492,131".
Page 51, after line 31, insert:
"M.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph F. of Item 66 of this act, any new court services deputy positions established in paragraph B.1 of Item 66 of this act for sheriffs shall be allocated by the Compensation Board first to ensure a minimum of two deputy sheriff positions are provided in each sheriff's office in the Commonwealth.  Positions allocated to meet this minimum requirement shall be allocated by the Compensation Board upon request of the sheriff in priority of need order in accordance with established staffing standards."

(This amendment provides for the creation of four deputy positions for the cities of Buena Vista, Norton, Falls Church, and Emporia. These localities' sheriffs have no law enforcement responsibilities. Currently, because the Compensation Board does not have a minimum staffing level provision for sheriffs' offices without law enforcement responsibilities, these offices have only one Compensation Board funded deputy. The sheriffs' offices in these localities have reported being unable to meet court security, service of process, and other duties in a timely manner. This amendment is a companion to an amendment providing the positions to accompany this funding.)