2004 Regular Session
To: Fees and Salaries of Public Officers; Appropriations
By: Representative Janus, Akins, Aldridge, Barnett, Beckett, Bentz, Bounds, Chism, Davis, Ellington, Fillingane, Hamilton (6th), Lott, Martinson, Mims, Moore, Reeves, Simpson, Snowden, Staples, Turner, Wells-Smith, Zuber, Guice
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-3-39, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTIVE HEAD OF ANY STATE AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO WAIVE ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE SALARY OR COMPENSATION LAWFULLY ESTABLISHED FOR THE POSITION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-3-39, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-3-39. (1) No public officer, public employee, administrator, or executive head of any arm or agency of the state, in the executive branch of government, shall be paid a salary or compensation, directly or indirectly, greater than one hundred fifty percent (150%) the salary fixed in Section 25-3-31 for the Governor. All academic officials, members of the teaching staffs and employees of the state institutions of higher learning, the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, and community and junior colleges, and licensed physicians who are public employees, shall be exempt from this subsection. The Governor shall fix the annual salary of the Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority and the annual salary of the Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office, which salaries shall be completely paid by the state and may not be supplemented with any funds from any source, including federal or private funds. Provided, however, that the salary of the Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority and the Governor's Chief of Staff shall not be greater than one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the salary of the Governor. Furthermore, all professional employees who hold a bachelor's degree or more advanced degree from an accredited four-year college or university or a certificate or license issued by a state licensing board, commission or agency and who are employed by the Department of Mental Health shall be exempt from this subsection if the State Personnel Board approves the exemption.
(2) No public officer, employee or administrator shall be paid a salary or compensation, directly or indirectly, in excess of the salary authorized to be paid the executive head of the state agency or department in which he is employed. The State Personnel Board, based upon its findings of fact, may exempt physicians and actuaries from this subsection when the acquisition of such professional services is precluded based on the prevailing wage in the relevant labor market.
(3) The executive head of any state agency or department appointed by the Governor, in such executive head's discretion, may waive all or any portion of the salary or compensation lawfully established for the position.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.