2006 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Gordon, Little, Gollott, Kirby, Moffatt, Thames
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION OF SPECIAL FUNDS TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSES OF THE MISSISSIPPI WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007.
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 Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission, for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred by said commission for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, and ending June 30, 2007............................... $ 5,927,134.00.
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$ 4,197,345.00
Travel and Subsistence.............. 165,000.00
Contractual Services..................... 994,989.00
Other Than Equipment................ 0.00
Subsidies, Loans and Grants.............. 455,000.00
Total.............................. $ 5,927,134.00
Permanent: Full Time........... 71
Part Time........... 0
Time-Limited:Full Time........... 0
Part Time........... 0
Funds are provided herein to adjust the Variable Compensation Plan to ensure that all full-time employees receive a pay increase equal to the realignment component of the Variable Compensation Plan or Fifteen Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00), whichever is greater, with not more than one-half (1/2) to be awarded on July 1, 2006, with the remainder to be awarded on January 1, 2007.
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 2008 do not exceed Fiscal Year 2007 funds appropriated for that purpose, unless programs or positions are added to the agency's Fiscal Year 2008 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 2007 appropriation for "Personal Services" when annualized, with the exception of escalated funds. If, at the time the agency takes any action to change "Personal Services," the State Personnel Board determines that the agency has taken an action which would cause the agency to exceed this projected annual cost or the Fiscal Year 2007 "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 or allowable under the terms set forth within this act. The State Personnel Board shall not escalate positions without written approval from the Department of Finance and Administration. The Department of Finance and Administration shall not provide written approval to escalate any funds for salaries and/or positions without proof of availability of new or additional funds above the appropriated level.
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. It is the intention of the Legislature that with the funds appropriated in Section 1 and authorized for expenditure in Section 2, the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission shall enter into a contract with the industrial private sector for the purpose of implementing a safety education and training program.
SECTION 4. With the funds provided herein, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Workers' Compensation Commission may transfer a sum or sums not to exceed Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) from the Administrative Expense Fund to the Second Injury Fund.
SECTION 5. With the funds provided herein, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Workers' Compensation Commission may transfer a sum or sums not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) from the Administrative Expense Fund to the Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau within the Office of the Attorney General.
SECTION 6. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission shall have the authority to reallocate PIN 42, Administrative Assistant II, to Workers' Compensation Medical Cost Containment Director. The salary level of this position shall be determined in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the State Personnel Board.
SECTION 7. With the funds provided herein, it is the intent of the legislature that the Workers' Compensation Commission may transfer a sum not to exceed Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) from the Administrative Expense Fund to the Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management. These funds will be used for the purpose of defraying the costs for repair, renovation and expenses related to the usage of the Workers' Compensation Office Building.
SECTION 8. It is the intention of the Legislature that whenever two (2) or more bids are received by this agency for the purchase of commodities or equipment, and whenever all things stated in such received bids are equal with respect to price, quality and service, the Mississippi Industries for the Blind shall be given preference. A similar preference shall be given to the Mississippi Industries for the Blind whenever purchases are made without competitive bids.
SECTION 9. 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 10. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.