Introduced by Representatives Atkins of Winooski, Howrigan of Fairfield and Livingston of Manchester
Subject: Legislature; information technology; oversight committee
Statement of purpose: This bill would establish a legislative information technology oversight committee as a joint committee of the legislature to be composed of four members of each chamber, with responsibility for supervision and direction of information technology operations and services for the legislative branch.
AN ACT RELATING TO A LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 2 V.S.A. chapter 23 is added to read:
Chapter 23. Legislative Information
Technology Oversight Committee
§ 751. LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OVERSIGHT
(a) There is created a legislative information technology oversight committee composed of eight members, four from the house of representatives appointed by the speaker, not more than three from the same political party; and four members from the senate, appointed by the senate committee on committees, not more than three from the same political party. Members shall be appointed each biennial session of the general assembly, and vacancies shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment for the remainder of the biennium.
(b) The committee shall elect a chair and vice chair and shall adopt rules of procedure. The office of chairperson shall rotate biennially between the house and senate members.
(c) The committee may meet during a session of the general assembly at the call of the chair or a majority of the members of the committee. The committee may meet no more than six times during adjournment, subject to the approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum. For attendance at a meeting of the committee when the general assembly is not in session, members of the committee are entitled to compensation for services and reimbursement of expenses as provided under section 406 of this title.
§ 752. FUNCTIONS
(a) The legislative information technology oversight committee shall supervise and direct the provision of information technology operations and services in the legislative branch.
(b) The committee shall employ such professional, technical, and operations staff as required to carry out its functions. It shall create job descriptions, establish qualifications, and establish compensation and supervise for its employees, and it may contract for information technology services from time to time as it deems necessary.
(c) The committee shall prepare, adopt, and maintain a long-range plan of at least five years for information technology operations and services in the legislative branch. In the preparation of the plan, the committee shall consult with members of the general assembly, the legislative staff information systems team established by section 753 of this title and other legislative staff, representatives of the executive and judicial branches of state government, and members of the public.
(d) The committee shall also adopt an annual budget for expenditures for legislative information technology and services and present the same to the committees on appropriations of the general assembly in each annual budget process.
§ 753. LEGISLATIVE STAFF INFORMATION SYSTEMS TEAM
(a) There is created a legislative staff information systems team to be composed of the following legislative staff officers or their designees:
(1) The secretary of the senate;
(2) The clerk of the house;
(3) The chief counsel of the legislative council;
(4) The joint fiscal officer of the joint fiscal committee; and
(5) The sergeant at arms.
(b) The legislative staff information systems team shall provide assistance to the legislative information technology oversight committee as requested by the committee. It shall plan and coordinate information systems and resources for legislative staff and make recommendations to the legislative information technology oversight committee with respect to information technology resources and services for all legislative staff for inclusion in the legislative information technology long-range plan and annual budget.
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