2001 Regular Session
By: Representative Watson, McBride, Coleman (29th), Eakes, Gadd, Green
House Bill 1598
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAYING THE EXPENSES OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002.
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 Office of the Attorney General for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001, and ending June 30, 2002
SECTION 2. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in any special fund in the State Treasury to the credit of the Office of the Attorney General which is comprised of special source funds collected by or otherwise available to the office, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the office for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001, and ending June 30, 2002
SECTION 3. With the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 1 and Section 2, the following positions are authorized:
Permanent: Full Time 112
Part Time 0
Time-Limited: Full Time 129
Part Time 0
With the funds herein appropriated, it is the intention of the Legislature that it shall be the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for "Personal Services" for Fiscal Year 2003 do not exceed Fiscal Year 2002 funds appropriated for that purpose, unless programs or positions are added to the agency's Fiscal Year 2003 budget by the Mississippi Legislature. Based on data provided by the Legislative Budget Office, the State Personnel Board shall determine and publish the projected annual cost to fully fund all appropriated positions in compliance with the provisions of this act. It shall be the responsibility of the agency head to insure that no single personnel action increases this projected annual cost and/or the Fiscal Year 2002 appropriation for "Personal Services" when annualized. If, at the end of any calendar month, the State Personnel Board determines that the agency has taken action(s) which would cause the agency to exceed this projected annual cost or the Fiscal Year 2002 "Personal Services" appropriated level, when annualized, then only those actions which reduce the projected annual cost and/or the appropriation requirement will be processed by the State Personnel Board until such time as the requirements of this provision are met.
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. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 2, funds included therein which are derived from penalties and/or other funds collected by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit shall be available for the purpose of providing the state match for federal funds available for the support of the unit, or for other lawful purposes as deemed appropriate by the Attorney General. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that any penalties and/or other funds collected and/or expended shall be accounted for separately as to source and/or application of such funds.
SECTION 5. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Attorney General's Office charge legal fees to all agencies where such legal services are provided. The Attorney General's Office may contract these fees on a contract rate or an hourly rate, whichever is more appropriate. Contracts with the Attorney General's Office for legal services or reimbursement for hourly legal services shall not require the approval of the State Personnel Board. The Attorney General's Office is further authorized to escalate the amount of any of its major objects of expenditure in an amount not to exceed Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00) above any amounts herein authorized, and to increase the number of authorized positions in order to provide the required legal services for such state agencies.
SECTION 6. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 2, the amount of Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($650,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be made available for expenditure by the Prosecutors Training Division.
SECTION 7. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Attorney General's Office shall have the authority to accept, budget and expend any source funds not to exceed Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00), that become available to the office to carry out the provisions of those funds in a manner consistent with the rules and regulations of the Department of Finance and Administration. None of the funds authorized in this section shall be used to increase the major object of expenditure "Salaries, Wages and Fringe Benefits."
SECTION 8. No part of the money herein appropriated shall be used, either directly or indirectly, for the purpose of paying any clerk, stenographer, assistant, deputy or other person who may be related by blood or marriage within the third degree, computed by the rules of civil law, to the official employing or having the right of employment or selection thereof; and in the event of any such payment, then the official or person approving and making or receiving such payment shall be jointly and severally liable to return to the State of Mississippi and to pay into the State Treasury three (3) times any such amount so paid or received; however, when the relationship is by affinity and the person through whom the relationship was established is dead, this provision shall not apply.
SECTION 9. None of the funds appropriated by this act shall be expended for any purpose that is not actually required or necessary for performing any of the powers or duties of the Office of the Attorney General that are authorized by the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, state or federal law, or rules or regulations that implement state or federal law.
SECTION 10. In compliance with the "Mississippi Performance Budget and Strategic Planning Act of 1994," it is the intent of the Legislature that the funds provided herein shall be utilized in the most efficient and effective manner possible to achieve the intended mission of this agency. Based on the funding authorized, this agency shall make every effort to attain the targeted performance measures provided below:
Performance Measures Target
Cost of Support Services as Percentage
of Budget (percent) 4.64
DFA Error Exception Slips per Month (items) 36
Approval on Prosecutors Training (percent) 95
Minimum Affirmation of Criminal
Convictions (percent) 85
Minimum Affirmations of Death Penalty
Appeals (percent) 60
Minimum Denial of Relief in Federal
Habeas Corpus (percent) 90
Minimum Positive Results of Civil Cases (percent) 70
Minimum Positive Results of Section 1983
Cases (percent) 80
Assigned to Attorneys in 3 Days or Less (percent) 100
Opinions Completed in 30 Days or Less (percent) 75
Good & Excellent Ratings for Training (percent) 85
State Agency Contracts
Good & Excellent Ratings for Legal
Services (percent) 80
Insurance Integrity Enforcement
Minimum Positive Results of Workers'
Compensation Cases (percent) 80
Minimum Positive Results of Insurance
Cases (percent) 80
Other Mandated Programs
Medicaid Fraud Convictions vs Dispositions(percent) 80
Medicaid Abuse Convictions vs Dispositions(percent) 80
Minimum Defendants Convicted After
Indictments (percent) 90
Response to Consumer Complaints (Days) 7
Minimum Positive Results of Consumer
Cases (percent) 75
A reporting of the degree to which the performance targets set above have been or are being achieved shall be provided in the agency's budget request submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for Fiscal Year 2003.
SECTION 11. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Attorney General's Office shall have the authority to accept, budget and expend any source funds not to exceed Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,200,000.00) that become available to the office for Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Communities in Schools and to carry out the provisions of those funds in a manner consistent with the rules and regulations of the Department of Finance and Administration. The Attorney General's Office is further authorized to escalate an amount not to exceed Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,200,000.00) for such purposes of this section.
SECTION 12. Of the funds appropriated under the provisions of Section 2, Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($700,000.00) shall be derived from the Budget Contingency Fund created in Senate Bill No. 2680, 2001 Regular Session.
SECTION 13. 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 14. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.