1997 Regular Session
To: Fees and Salaries of Public Officers
By: Representative Endt
House Bill 63
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-9-119, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE STATE PERSONNEL BOARD TO PROVIDE COPIES OF PROPOSED RULES AND RULE CHANGES DIRECTLY TO THE CHAIRMEN OF CERTAIN HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND THE GOVERNOR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-9-119, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-9-119. (1) There is * * * created the position of the State Personnel Director who shall be selected by the State Personnel Board, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The director shall have at least a master's degree in business administration, personnel management or the equivalent and shall have not less than five (5) years' experience therein. His salary shall be in accordance with the Mississippi Compensation Plan. The State Personnel Director shall serve at the will and pleasure of the State Personnel Board.
(2) The duties and responsibilities of the director shall be:
(a) To serve as executive secretary to the board, to attend meetings as directed by the board and to provide such professional, technical and other supportive assistance as may be required by the board in the performance of its duties;
(b) Consistent with board policy, to administer the operations of the State Personnel System and to otherwise act in the capacity of chief executive officer to the State Personnel Board;
(c) To submit for board approval proposed rules and regulations which shall require a uniform system of personnel administration within all agencies included in this chapter. Such rules and regulations, when approved by the board, shall be binding upon the state departments, agencies and institutions covered by this chapter and shall include provisions for the establishment and maintenance of classification and compensation plans, the conduct of examinations, employee recruiting, employee selection, the certification of eligible persons, appointments, promotions, transfers, demotions, separations, reinstatement, appeals, reports of performance, payroll certification, employee training, vacation and sick leave, compensatory leave, administrative leave, standardized record keeping forms and procedures for leave earned, accrued and used, and all other phases of personnel administration. Such rules and regulations shall not be applicable to the emergency hiring of employees by the Public Employees' Retirement System pursuant to Section 25-11-15(7). Copies of the rules and regulations, or modifications thereto, as are approved by the State Personnel Board, shall be provided to the Chairmen of the Fees, Salaries and Administration Committee of the Senate and the Fees and Salaries of Public Officers Committee of the House of Representatives, the Lieutenant Governor and the Governor at least sixty (60) days before their effective date. * * * The respective parties may submit comments to the board regarding such rules and regulations before their effective date;
(i) Compensation plans and modifications thereto promulgated under rules and regulations shall become effective as adopted, upon appropriation therefor by the State Legislature;
(ii) The director and the board shall provide for:
(A) Cost-of-living adjustments;
(B) Salary increases for outstanding performance based upon documented employee productivity and exceptional performance in assigned duties; and
(C) Plans to compensate employees for suggestions which result in improved management in technical or administrative procedures and result in documented cost savings for the state. In certifying promotions, the director shall ensure that an employee's anniversary date remains the same regardless of the date of his promotion;
(d) To submit to the board any proposed legislation as may be necessary to bring existing statutes relating to the administration of public employees into uniformity;
(e) To administer the rules and regulations and all other operational aspects of the State Personnel System and to assure compliance therewith in all the departments, agencies and institutions covered by the State Personnel System;
(f) To appoint and prescribe the duties of the State Personnel System staff, all positions of which shall be included in the state service;
(g) To prepare an annual budget for the board covering all the costs of operating the State Personnel System, including the State Personnel Board, and the costs of administering such federal laws relating to personnel administration as the board may direct, including the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of 1970;
(h) To assist state agencies, departments and institutions in complying with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations concerning discrimination in employment, personnel administration and related matters;
(i) To recommend procedures for the establishment and abolishment of employment positions within those departments, agencies and institutions not excluded from this chapter; and
(j) To cooperate with appointing authorities in the administration of this chapter in order to promote public service and establish conditions of service which will attract and retain employees of character and capacity and to increase efficiency and economy in governmental departments by the improvement of methods of personnel administration with full recognition of the requirements and needs of management.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.