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AN ACT RELATING TO COMPENSATION FOR CERTAIN STATE EMPLOYEES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  32 V.S.A. § 1003 is amended to read:

§ 1003.  STATE OFFICERS

(a)  Each elective officer of the executive department is entitled to an annual salary as follows:

                                        Annual Salary           Annual Salary           Annual Salary

                                        as of                                as of                         as of 

                                         July 8, 2007              July 6, 2008             July 5, 2009

   Governor                        $150,067                   $152,168                  $157,494

   Lieutenant Governor          63,701                        65,802                      68,105

   Secretary of State               95,156                       97,257                    100,661

   State Treasurer                   95,156                       97,257                    100,661

   Auditor of Accounts           95,156                       97,257                    100,661

   Attorney General              113,915                     116,016                    120,077

(b)  The governor may appoint each officer of the executive branch listed in this subsection at a starting salary ranging from the base salary stated for that position to a salary which does not exceed the maximum salary unless otherwise authorized by this subsection.  The maximum salary for each appointive officer shall be 50 percent above the base salary.  Annually, the governor may grant to each of those officers an annual salary adjustment subject to the maximum salary.  The annual salary adjustment granted to officers under this subsection shall not exceed the average of the total rate of adjustment available to classified employees under the collective bargaining agreement then in effect.  In addition to the annual salary adjustment specified in this subsection, the governor may grant a special salary increase subject to the maximum salary, or a bonus, to any officer listed in this subsection whose job duties have significantly increased, or whose contributions to the state in the preceding year are deemed especially significant.  Special salary increases or bonuses granted to any individual shall not exceed the average of the total rate of adjustment available to classified employees under the collective bargaining agreement then in effect.

(1)  Heads of the following departments, offices, and agencies:

                                                                   Base Salary Base Salary    Base Salary

                                                                         as of             as of             as of

                                                                  July 8, 2007 July 6, 2008 July 5, 2009

   (A)           Administration                           $90,745          $92,846        $96,096

   (B)           Agriculture, food and markets     90,745             92,846          96,096

   (C)           Banking, insurance, securities,

                 and health care administration        84,834         86,935              89,978

   (D)          Buildings and general services      84,834         86,935              89,978

   (E)           Children and families                    84,834         86,935             89,978

   (F)           Commerce and community de-                           

                     velopment                                    90,745         92,846           96,096

   (G)           Corrections                                    84,834         86,935          89,978

   (H)           Defender general                           76,953         79,054           81,821

   (I)            Disabilities, aging, and indepen-

                    dent living                                     84,834         86,935           89,978

   (J)            Economic development                 76,953         79,054            81,821

   (K)           Education                                       84,834         86,935          89,978

   (L)           Environmental conservation          84,834         86,935             89,978

   (M)          Finance and management              84,834         86,935            89,978 

   (N)           Fish and wildlife                           76,953          79,054           81,821

   (O)           Forests, parks and recreation        76,953          79,054          81,821

   (P)           Health                                            84,834          86,935          89,978

   (Q)           Housing and community affairs    76,953         79,054              81,821

   (R)           Human resources                           84,834         86,935           89,978

   (S)           Human services                              90,745         92,846           96,096

   (T)           Information and innovation           84,834         86,935             89,978

   (U)           Labor                                             84,834         86,935          89,978

   (V)           Libraries                                        76,953         79,054           81,821

   (W)          Liquor control                                76,953         79,054          81,821

   (X)            Lottery                                          76,953         79,054          81,821

   (Y)            Mental health                                                      86,935         89,978

   (Z)            Military                                         76,953         79,054           81,821

   (Z)(AA)    Motor vehicles                              76,953         79,054           81,821

   (AA)(BB)  Natural resources                         90,745         92,846           96,096

   (BB)(CC)   Natural resources board

                      chairperson                                  76,953          79,054         81,821

   (CC)(DD)   Public Safety                               84,834          86,935         89,978

   (DD)(EE)   Public service                              84,834          86,935          89,978

   (EE)(FF)    Taxes                                           84,834          86,935         89,978

   (FF)(GG)   Tourism and marketing               76,953          79,054            81,821

   (GG)(HH)  Transportation                             90,745         92,846           96,096

   (HH)(II)     Vermont health access                84,834         86,935            89,978

   (II)(JJ)        Veterans Veterans’ home           76,953         79,054            81,821

(2)  The secretary of administration may include the director of the office of professional regulation in any pay plans which may be established under the authority of subsection 1020(c) of this title, provided the minimum hiring rate does not fall below a base salary, as of July 8, 2007, of $65,239.00, as of July 6, 2008, of $67,340.00, and as of July 5, 2009, of $69,697.00.

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Sec. 2.  32 V.S.A. § 1003(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The annual salaries of the officers of the judicial branch named below shall be as follows:

                                                      Annual Salary   Annual Salary Annual Salary

                                                             as of                    as of               as of

                                                          July 8, 2007      July 6, 2008   July 5, 2009

   (1)           Chief justice of supreme court  $135,421    $137,522      $142,335

   (2)           Each associate justice                 129,245       131,346          135,943

   (3)           Administrative judge                  129,245       131,346           135,943

   (4)           Each superior judge                    122,867          124,968       129,342

   (5)           Each district judge                      122,867       124,968          129,342

   (6)           Each magistrate                            92,641            94,742         98,058

   (7)           Each judicial bureau hearing officer 92,641     94,742              98,058

Sec. 3.  32 V.S.A. § 1141(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The compensation of each assistant judge of the superior court, which shall be paid by the state, shall be $136.28 a day as of July 9, 2006 and $142.04 a day as of July 8, 2007, $147.01 a day as of July 6, 2008, and $152.16 as day as of July 5, 2009 for time spent in the performance of official duties and necessary expenses as allowed to classified state employees.  Compensation under this section shall be based on a half-day minimum and hourly thereafter.

Sec. 4.  32 V.S.A. § 1142(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The annual salaries of the judges of probate in the several probate districts, which shall be paid by the state in lieu of all fees or other compensation, shall be as follows:

                                                    Annual Salary   Annual Salary  Annual Salary

                                                          as of                   as of                 as of

                                                       July 8, 2007    July 6, 2008      July 5, 2009

(1)        Addison                   $59,321               $61,397           $63,546

(2)       Bennington                51,559                   53,364             55,232

(3)       Caledonia                   59,321                 61,397             63,546

(4)       Chittenden                  91,402                 93,503             96,776

(5)       Essex                          28,853                 29,863             30,908

(6)       Fair Haven                  43,594                 45,120             46,699

(7)       Franklin                        59,321               61,397             63,546

(8)       Grand Isle                     28,853               29,863             30,908

(9)        Hartford                       59,321               61,397             63,546

(10)      Lamoille                       43,594               45,120             46,699

(11)      Manchester                  43,594               45,120             46,699

(12)      Marlboro                      51,559               53,364             55,232

(13)      Orange                         51,559               53,364             55,232

(14)      Orleans                       51,559               53,364             55,232

(15)      Rutland                         75,859               77,960             80,689 

(16)      Washington                  75,859               77,960             80,689   

(17)      Westminster                 43,594               45,120             46,699

(18)      Windsor                       51,559               53,364             55,232

Sec. 5.  32 V.S.A. § 1181 is amended to read:

§ 1181.  COUNTY CLERKS

The annual salaries of the county clerks in the respective counties which shall be paid by the state in lieu of all fees or other compensation paid by the state, shall be as follows:

                                                        Annual Salary Annual Salary Annual Salary

                                                               as of                 as of              as of

                                                         July 8, 2007    July 6, 2008     July 5, 2009

   (1)      Addison County          $64,627           $66,728           $69,063

   (2)      Bennington County       64,627              66,728             69,063

   (3)      Caledonia County         64,627             66,728             69,063

   (4)      Chittenden County        78,189             80,290             83,100

   (5)      Essex County                35,119             36,348             37,620

   (6)      Franklin County            64,627             66,728             69,063

   (7)      Grand Isle County         35,119             36,348             37,620

   (8)      Lamoille County           64,627              66,728             69,063

   (9)      Orange County              64,627            66,728             69,063

   (10)     Orleans County             64,627            66,728             69,063

   (11)     Rutland County            71,921             74,022             76,613

   (12)     Washington County      71,921           74,022               76,613

   (13)     Windham County          64,627            66,728             69,063

   (14)      Windsor County           68,539            70,640             73,112

Sec. 6.  32 V.S.A. § 1182(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The annual salaries of the sheriffs of all counties except Chittenden shall be $65,812.00 as of July 8, 2007, $67,913.00 as of July 6, 2008, and $70,290.00 as of July 5, 2009.  The annual salary of the sheriff of Chittenden County shall be $69,646.00 as of July 8, 2007, $71,747.00 as of July 6, 2008, and $74,258.00 as of July 5, 2009.

Sec. 7.  32 V.S.A. § 1183(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The annual salaries of state’s attorneys shall be:

                                                     Annual Salary   Annual Salary  Annual Salary

                                                           as of                    as of                 as of

                                                       July 8, 2007      July 6, 2008     July 5, 2009

   (1)  Addison County          $89,020               $91,121           $94,310

   (2)  Bennington County       89,020                  91,121             94,310

   (3)  Caledonia County          89,020                91,121             94,310

   (4)  Chittenden County         93,069                95,170             98,501

   (5)  Essex County                 66,766                68,867             71,277

   (6)  Franklin County             89,020                91,121             94,310

   (7)  Grand Isle County          66,766    68,867             71,277

   (8)  Lamoille County            89,020                 91,121             94,310

   (9)  Orange County               89,020   91,121             94,310

   (10)  Orleans County            89,020                91,121             94,310

   (11)  Rutland County            89,020    91,121             94,310

   (12)  Washington County      89,020    91,121             94,310

   (13)  Windham County         89,020   91,121             94,310

   (14)  Windsor County           89,020    91,121             94,310

Sec. 8.  2 V.S.A. § 63(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The base salary for the sergeant at arms shall be $42,675.00 as of

July 8, 2007, $44,169.00 as of July 6, 2008, and $45,715.00 as of July 5, 2009.

Sec. 9.  RATE OF ADJUSTMENT

For purposes of determining annual salary adjustments, special salary increases, and bonuses under subsections 1003(b) and 1020(b) of Title 32, “the total rate of adjustment available to classified employees under the collective bargaining agreement” shall be deemed to be 3.5 percent for those earning up to and including $28.85/hour and $1.01/hour for those earning greater than $28.85/hour for fiscal year 2009, and 3.5 percent for fiscal year 2010.


Sec. 10.  PAY ACT APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  Executive branch.  The two-year agreements between the state of Vermont and the Vermont state employees’ association for the defender general, nonmanagement, supervisory, state police, and corrections bargaining units, for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010, shall be funded as follows:

(1)  Fiscal year 2009:

(A)  General fund.  The amount of $538,094.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of administration for proportional distribution to the departments of corrections, defender general, state’s attorneys and sheriffs, and public safety to fund the fiscal year 2009 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(B)  Transportation fund.  The amount of $1,210,258.00 is appropriated from the transportation fund to the secretary of administration for distribution to the agency of transportation and the department of public safety to fund the fiscal year 2009 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(C)  Other funds.  The administration shall provide additional spending authority to departments through the existing process of excess receipts to fund the fiscal year 2009 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.  The estimated amounts are $1,205,810.00 from special fund sources and $4,016,461.00 from federal and other sources.    

(2)  Fiscal year 2010:

(A)  General fund.  The amount of $6,297,693.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the secretary of administration for distribution to departments for the fiscal year 2010 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(B)  Transportation fund.  The amount of $2,180,510.00 is appropriated from the transportation fund to the secretary of administration for distribution to the agency of transportation and the department of public safety to fund the fiscal year 2010 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(C)  Other funds.  The administration shall provide additional spending authority to departments through the existing process of excess receipts to fund the fiscal year 2010 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.  The estimated amounts are $1,230,031.00 from special fund sources and $4,095,444.00 from federal and other sources.

(b)  Judicial branch.  The two-year agreements between the state of Vermont and the Vermont state employees’ association for the judicial bargaining unit for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010 shall be funded as follows:

(1)  Fiscal year 2009; general fund.  The amount of $570,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the judiciary to fund the fiscal year 2009 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(2)  Fiscal year 2010; general fund.  The amount of $706,615 is appropriated from the general fund to the judiciary to fund the fiscal year 2010 collective bargaining agreement and the requirements of this act.

(c)  Legislative branch.  For the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, shall be funded as follows:   Fiscal year 2010; general fund.  The amount of $143,670.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the legislature to fund the fiscal year 2010 requirements of this act.  This appropriation shall be allocated to the respective legislative appropriation units as determined by the chief legislative counsel and the chief legislative fiscal officer.

(d)  With due regard to the possible availability of other funds, for fiscal year 2009, the secretary of administration may transfer from the various appropriations and various funds and from the receipts of the liquor control board such sums as the secretary may determine to be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act to the various agencies supported by state funds.

(e)  This section shall include sufficient funding to ensure administration of exempt attorney pay plans, including deputy state’s attorneys and public defenders, subject to the approval of the secretary of administration.


Sec. 11.  APPROPRIATION REDUCTIONS

(a)  Position reductions.  The secretary of administration shall reduce fiscal year 2009 general fund appropriations in the executive branch of state government by $1,834,728.00 consistent with reductions in positions in the executive branch.  The secretary shall provide a report to the general assembly in January 2009 that lists all appropriation reductions, transfers, and substitutions within fiscal year 2009 appropriated funds that are proposed to achieve the general fund savings in this subsection.

(b)  Reductions in contractual services and temporary positions.  The secretary of administration shall reduce fiscal year 2009 general fund appropriations budgeted for contractual services and temporary positions in the executive branch of state government by $2,300,000.00.  The secretary shall provide a report to the general assembly in January 2009 that lists all appropriation reductions, transfers, and substitutions within fiscal year 2009 appropriated funds that are proposed to achieve the general fund savings in this subsection.

Sec. 12.  STATE GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

(a)  There is created a joint state government legislative oversight committee whose membership shall be appointed each biennial session of the general assembly.  The committee shall oversee changes in state government with a commitment to the provision of quality public service in a cost-efficient and effective manner, and work with and provide assistance to other legislative committees on matters related to state government.  In particular, the committee shall analyze public services required by law and establish an ongoing process to align financial and staff resources to provide those services.  The committee shall also review models of state government from other states.

(b)  The committee shall comprise eight members:  four members of the house of representatives, two from the committee on government operations and two from the committee on appropriations, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the speaker of the house; and four members of the senate, two from the committee on government operations and two from the committee on appropriations, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the committee on committees.

(c)  The committee shall elect a chair, vice chair, and clerk from among its members and shall adopt rules of procedure.  The chair shall rotate biennially between the house and the senate members.  The committee shall keep minutes of its meetings and maintain a file thereof.  A quorum shall consist of five members.

(d)  When the general assembly is in session, the committee shall meet at the call of the chair.  The committee may meet four times during adjournment, and may meet more often subject to approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate.

(e)  When state employee positions are eliminated, the secretary of administration shall submit to the committee and the joint fiscal committee a report that shall include:

(1)  Total financial implications by department of the position eliminations, including specific savings by fund type.

(2)  For each specific position:

(A)  The department organizational chart for each division affected, including identification of the position eliminated and all other positions that are vacant at the start of fiscal year 2009;

(B)  The title, position number, and date the position was vacated;

(C)  The reason that the position is available for elimination;

(D)  Position classification:  exempt; classified; applicable bargaining unit, if any;

(E)  The projected fiscal year 2009 savings attributable to the position by funding source and appropriations by name and unit.

(F)  A statement on how the service or activity with which that position was involved will be addressed.

(f)  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation for services and reimbursement of expenses as provided under subsection 406(a) of Title 2.

(g)  The professional and clerical services of the joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall be available to the committee.

(h)  At least annually, the committee shall report its activities, together with recommendations, if any, to the general assembly.

Sec. 13.  PAY ACT FUNDING

(a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall submit a preliminary plan to the joint fiscal committee at its September/October 2008 meeting on levels of funding for the pay act for fiscal year 2009 funding.  The plan shall outline the funds available and any additional offsets the commissioner is planning to offer to meet pay act requirements.  The Committee shall hear any testimony it deems necessary on the service impact of the pay act funding for fiscal year 2009. 

(b)  At the November meeting of the joint fiscal committee, the commissioner shall submit a  report, including the following:

(1)  The allocation by department and section from the fiscal year 2008 pay act appropriation and the appropriation for pay act needs in Sec. 10 of this act and any other offsets to meet pay act needs;

(2)  The source of funds and the specific percentage of need being met in each department from the allocation;

(3)  Any proposed transfers between departments to meet pay act needs;

(4)  A summary of fiscal impacts by department in fiscal year 2009 due to shortfalls in pay act funds and added assessments of internal service funds;

(5)  A preliminary assessment of the administration’s intention to meet departmental pay act expense roll‑outs for fiscal year 2010.

Sec. 13a.  3 V.S.A. § 2222(i) is amended to read:

(i)  The secretary of administration is authorized to transfer vacant positions throughout the executive branch of state government, and to adjust appropriations in the executive branch in accordance with the secretary's statewide vacancy savings plan that reflects realistic savings due to vacant positions. Such appropriation adjustments shall result in no change to the total statewide legislative appropriations to the executive branch. This authority is separate from the secretary's authority provided in section 706 of Title 32. A report of all actions taken during the preceding fiscal year pursuant to this authority shall be furnished to the legislature no later than January 15 of each year.  The report shall include a list of all authorized filled and vacant positions by department and all positions subject to this subdivision and shall indicate whether each position is classified, exempt, or temporary.  In addition, the secretary shall periodically furnish the legislature with a report of accomplishments and recommendations concerning improvements in better managing resources on a statewide basis.

Sec. 13b.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; REPORT; STATE EMPLOYEE POSITIONS

(a)  The general assembly finds that the goal in reducing state employee positions is to meet certain financial targets and not to simply reduce positions.  Because the general assembly needs detailed information to evaluate the specific actions required to meet these financial targets, the reports required by this section and 3 V.S.A. § 2222(i) are necessary for the general assembly to perform its constitutional responsibilities.

(b)  The secretary of administration shall submit the report required under 3 V.S.A. § 2222(i) to the joint fiscal committee and chairs of every legislative standing committee on July 1, 2008, September 1, 2008, and November 1, 2008.  In addition to the information required by 3 V.S.A. § 2222(i), the secretary shall also report on the number of positions eliminated since January 1, 2008 by department and indicate whether each position is classified, exempt, or temporary.  The secretary shall also recommend positions for elimination that are necessary to meet the financial targets and explain the projected fiscal year savings attributable to the position by funding source and appropriations by name and unit.


Sec. 13c.  POSITIONS ELIMINATIONS

Notwithstanding 3 V.S.A. § 327(b), no position shall be eliminated or abolished unless by act of the general assembly.

Sec. 14.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 12 of this act shall be repealed on July 1, 2013.

(b)  Sec. 13c of this act shall be repealed on July 1, 2009.



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