1997 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Hall, Burton, Woodfield, Carter, Gollott, Stogner, Walls
Senate Bill 3156
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES FOR 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 General Fund not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 1998 $ 2,000,000.00.
SECTION 2. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby authorized for expenditure out of any special source funds which are collected by or otherwise become available for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 1998
SECTION 3. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, 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 $ 7,596,985.00
Travel and Subsistence 221,775.00
Contractual Services 15,673,485.00
Other Than Equipment 0.00
Subsidies, Loans and Grants 698,132.00
Total $ 30,055,966.00
Permanent: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 135
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 0
Time-Limited: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 17
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 4. In order to offset the cost of publishing the annual Mississippi Official Telephone Directory, the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is hereby authorized, empowered and directed, in its discretion, to offer for advertising purposes, pages to be included in said Directory, to accept bids, and to let contracts for said pages. The contracts for said advertising purposes shall be let for definite periods not to exceed two (2) years.
It shall be the duty of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, if it is desired that advertising shall be used, to approve all proposed advertising submitted for use within such annual Mississippi Official Telephone Directory. The department is hereby authorized, empowered and directed, in its discretion, to reject any and all bids submitted, and if all bids are rejected, the authority may negotiate a contract within the limitations of the specifications so long as the terms of any such negotiated contract are equal to or better than the comparable terms submitted by the lowest and best bidder. No sectarian, un-American, political, partisan or immoral advertisement, as determined solely by the authority or its successor, shall be accepted.
All moneys derived from sale of such advertising shall be deposited in the appropriate special fund in the State Treasury to the credit of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.
SECTION 5. The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is hereby authorized to receive additional funds from any state agency or other source, including one hundred percent (100%) general-fund agencies, for the purpose of providing data processing or telecommunications services to any governmental organization contracting with the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services for such services. The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is further authorized to escalate an amount not to exceed One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) and to increase, up to a maximum of twenty (20) additional positions, the number of authorized positions listed in this act in order to provide the required data processing or telecommunications services for such governmental organizations, under the rules and regulations of the Department of Finance and Administration.
SECTION 6. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby reappropriated out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of Department of Information Technology Services for the purpose of establishing a statewide telecommunications backbone infrastructure, as authorized in Section 3, Chapter 48, Laws of 1996, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 1998
Notwithstanding the amount reappropriated under the provisions of this Section, in no event shall the amount expended exceed the unexpended balance as of June 30, 1997, or change the purpose for which the funds were originally authorized.
SECTION 7. The money appropriated under the provisions of Section 1 shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the State General Fund, not otherwise appropriated, and the money appropriated under the provisions of Sections 2 and 6 shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the special fund to the credit of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer; and the State Fiscal Officer shall issue his warrants upon requisitions signed by the proper person, officer or officers, in the manner provided by law.
SECTION 8. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.