1997 Regular Session
By: Representatives Foster, Barnett (92nd), Bowles, Davis (7th), Denny, Livingston, Maples, McCoy, McInnis, Short
House Bill 1776
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FROM SPECIAL FUNDS IN THE STATE TREASURY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF THE STATE OIL AND GAS BOARD FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1998.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Oil and Gas Conservation Fund, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the State Oil and Gas Board for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 1998 $ 1,994,513.00.
SECTION 2. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 1, not more than the amounts set forth below shall be expended for the respective major objects or purposes of expenditure:
MAJOR OBJECTS OF EXPENDITURE:
Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits $ 1,341,713.00
Travel and Subsistence 39,600.00
Contractual Services 319,900.00
Other Than Equipment 0.00
Subsidies, Loans and Grants 62,100.00
Total $ 1,994,513.00
Permanent: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 38
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 0
Time-Limited: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 0
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 0
From the funds provided in the budget category "Personal Services: Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits," funds may be expended for the following purposes, in compliance with policies established by the State Personnel Board and any conditions placed on such expenditure:
(a) The components of the Variable Compensation Plan shall be maintained within the constraints of the funds appropriated herein.
(b) Funds shall be used to fund the "Realignment" component at the requirement established by the State Personnel Board.
(c) Subsequent to the application of Realignment, as specified in Subparagraph (b), above, funds shall be used to provide all eligible state employees employed on or before June 30, 1996, a Three Hundred Dollar ($300.00) "In-Service" COLA base salary increase effective July 1, 1997.
(d) All eligible state employees employed on or before June 30, 1996, shall receive a one percent (1%) salary increase on the first day of the month following their anniversary hire date.
(e) To be eligible for the salary increases specified in Subparagraphs (c) and (d), above, employees must have a current overall performance appraisal rating of "meets expectations" (2.0), or above, on the effective date of the increase. Employees who, subsequent to their eligibility date, receive a performance appraisal rating of "meets expectations" (2.0), or above, during Fiscal Year 1998 shall receive the salary increase effective the date of the rating. If an eligible employee is currently at or above end step for his or her job classification, or should this salary increase cause an eligible employee's salary to exceed end step, that portion of the increase exceeding end step shall be built into the employee's base salary.
It is the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for Personal Services for Fiscal Year 1999 do not exceed Fiscal Year 1998 funds appropriated for that purpose unless programs and/or positions are added to the agency's budget by the Mississippi Legislature.
Any transfers or escalations shall be made in accordance with the terms, conditions and procedures established by law.
No general funds authorized to be expended herein shall be used to replace federal funds and/or other special funds which are being used for salaries authorized under the provisions of this act and which are withdrawn and no longer available.
SECTION 3. With the funds provided herein, it is the intention of the Legislature that the State Oil and Gas Board purchase liability insurance.
SECTION 4. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 1, the amount of Ten Thousand Eighty Dollars ($10,080.00) is provided for the purpose of defraying the cost of any salary increases which may result from the enactment of any statutory salary increases during the 1997 Regular Session and may not be used for any other purpose.
SECTION 5. The money herein appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money to the credit of the Oil and Gas Conservation Fund, upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer; and the State Fiscal Officer shall issue his warrants upon requisitions signed by the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, as provided in Section 53-1-77, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.