2010 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Landes
Review of Legislative Aide Salaries (language only)

Item 1 #2h

Item 1 #2h

Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia

Page 6, after line 35 insert:
"L.1.  In an effort to attract and retain professional, well-experienced Legislative Assistants to better serve both the Members of the House of Delegates and Senate, there shall be a review of how to best implement a "years-of-service" category for the Legislative Account authorized to each Member.  Seeing that each Member is allotted a set figure to pay staff using funds from that account, it would be beneficial to implement at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service  an additional allotment to add to the base account funding.  Nothing in this category would preclude the cost-of-living increases currently authorized for such accounts.  The "years-of-service" category would still be implemented at the discretion of the Member consistent with the policy for funds currently provided in the Legislative Account.
2. The House and Senate Clerk's Office shall review the implementation and parameters of providing an incentive allotment to the existing Legislative Account to better reflect the salaries of the private sector in order to deter turnover and provide incentive to retain more experienced staff which is beneficial to the Member.
3.  The House and Senate Clerk's Office shall complete their review and provide their recommendations to the House and Senate Committees on Rules and the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 1, 2011 for consideration by the 2012 General Assembly."

(This amendment requires the Senate and House Clerk's offices to conduct a review of funding for Legislative Aides and make recommendations by November 1, 2011.)