1999 Regular Session
By: Representatives Foster, Barnett (92nd), Bowles, Broomfield, Coleman (29th), Denny, Flaggs, Livingston, Maples, McCoy, McInnis
House Bill 1588
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FROM SPECIAL FUNDS IN THE STATE TREASURY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM BUILDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2000.
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 Administrative Expense Account of the Public Employees' Retirement System for the purpose of defraying the administrative expenses of the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees' Retirement System, or out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Retirement System Building Account of the Public Employees' Retirement System for the purpose of maintenance and general operation of the Retirement System Building, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1999, and ending June 30, 2000 $ 7,493,520.00.
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 $ 4,767,125.00
Travel and Subsistence 99,500.00
Contractual Services 2,104,280.00
Other Than Equipment 0.00
Subsidies, Loans and Grants 100.00
Total $ 7,493,520.00
Permanent: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 119
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 the policies established by the State Personnel Board and any conditions placed on such expenditures:
(a) The components of the Variable Compensation Plan shall be maintained within the constraints of the funds appropriated herein.
(b) Funds are provided to adjust the Variable Compensation Plan, including realignment, to ensure that all full-time employees with at least six (6) months of continuous current service, as of June 30, 1999, receive an increase of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00). Funds are provided to adjust critical job classes up to an additional One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).
(c) If an employee is currently at or above the end salary for his or her job classification, then the increase shall be built into the employee's base salary. To be eligible for any increase authorized in this section, employees may not have a current performance rating below "meets expectations" as of the effective date of the increase. Employees who subsequently receive a performance rating of "meets expectations" or above during Fiscal Year 2000 shall receive the salary increase effective the date of the rating.
It is the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for "Personal Services" for Fiscal Year 2001 do not exceed Fiscal Year 2000 funds appropriated for that purpose unless programs 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. Of the funds appropriated in Section 1 and allocated in Section 2 in the category "Personal Services: Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits," not more than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) shall be used to pay overtime compensation for work on data processing records after regular office hours.
SECTION 4. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary while remaining within the project cost of Thirteen Million Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($13,260,000.00), is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Administrative Expense Account of the Public Employees' Retirement System for the purpose of defraying the expenses of implementing the information technology plan known as "Genesis," for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1999, and ending June 30, 2000 $3,000,000.00.
SECTION 5. Funds are provided in this act for the reallocation of an Optimal Imaging Operator to an Administrative Assistant III not to exceed One Thousand One Hundred Thirty-nine Dollars ($1,139.00).
SECTION 6. Funds are provided in this act for the reallocation of an Investment Accountant to an Investment Manager not to exceed Two Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-nine Dollars ($2,329.00).
SECTION 7. With the funds provided herein, it is the intention of the Legislature that the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees' Retirement System study and make recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature by January 1, 2000, concerning the feasibility of members of the Public Employees' Retirement System electing to increase employees' contributions in order to increase the annual retirement allowance.
SECTION 8. The money herein appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the proper fund or funds as set forth in this act, 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 9. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1999.