2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kilgore
Co-Patron(s): Sickles
Norton Relay Center

Item 282 #1h

Item 282 #1h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing, Department for the FY2015 $4,999,907 FY2016 $4,999,907 NGF

Page 232, line 33, strike "$11,865,626" and insert "$16,865,533".
Page 232, line 33, strike "$6,865,719" and insert "$11,865,626".
Page 233, after line 12, insert:
"D.  The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing shall locate the relay center in Norton, Virginia.  Any request for proposals issued for basic relay services shall require an employment level of 85 at the center unless, during the previous contract period, the employment level has been reduced to less than 85 through attrition, voluntary separation, transfers, voluntary retirements, and disability retirement, in which case the employment level of the subsequent contract may reflect the employment level at the end of the previous contract period, but may not be less than that level.  The center is also prohibited from filling vacant positions, unless employment at the center drops below 75 positions."

(This amendment restores $5.0 million from nongeneral funds each year and language from the previous year's budget that required any request for proposal issued for basic relay services to require minimum employment levels. The introduced budget assumes savings of $5.0 million from nongeneral funds from renegotiating the contract without the employment level requirement.)