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Introduced Version Senate Bill 121 History

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SB121 INTR


Senate Bill No. 121

(By Senators Hunter, Redd and Caldwell)

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[Introduced January 10, 2002; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact section five, article nine, chapter eighteen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended; and to amend article ten of said chapter by adding thereto a new section, designated section three-a, all relating to classified staff; removing twenty-year cap for experience pay; providing additional pay for educational attainment; and providing for students to pay staff improvement fee.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section five, article nine, chapter eighteen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that article ten of said chapter be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section three-a, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9. CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULE AND CLASSIFICATION
SYSTEM.
§18B-9-5. Classified employee salary.

(a) Commencing with the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight, and each fiscal year thereafter, each classified employee with three or more years of experience shall receive an annual salary increase equal to fifty dollars times the employee's years of experience. Provided, That the annual salary increase may not exceed the amount granted for the maximum of twenty years of experience. These incremental increases are in lieu of any salary increase received pursuant to section two, article five, chapter five of this code; are in addition to any across-the-board, cost-of- living or percentage salary increases which may be granted in any fiscal year by the Legislature; and shall be paid in like manner as the annual payment to eligible state employees of the incremental salary increases based on years of service under the provisions of section two, article five, chapter five of this code.
(b) Any classified employee may receive merit increases and salary adjustments in accordance with policies established by the board of governors: Provided, That merit raises may be granted only pursuant to a rule adopted by the board of governors, and approved by the chancellor, which provides a fair and equitable basis for grant raises pursuant to regular evaluations based upon reasonable performance standards. funds for the increases and adjustments shall be distributed in accordance with rules of the appropriate governing board and shall be available to all state institutions of higher education on an equitable basis.
(c) Any classified employee may receive merit increases and salary adjustments in accordance with policies established by the board: Provided, That funds for the increases and adjustments shall be distributed in accordance with rules of the appropriate governing board and shall be available to all state institutions of higher education on an equitable basis.
(c) (d) The current annual salary of any classified employee may not be reduced by the provisions of this article nor by any other action inconsistent with the provisions of this article, and nothing in this article may be construed to prohibit promotion of any classified employee to a job title carrying a higher pay grade if the promotion is in accordance with the provisions of this article and the personnel classification system established by the appropriate governing board.
(e) Each classified employee shall receive an annual salary increase which shall be the same amount for all classified employees based upon an equal distribution of the funds accumulated in the prior fiscal year from the fees collected pursuant to article ten, section three-a of this chapter.
(f) Each classified employee who holds a high school diploma or its equivalent shall receive an additional ten dollars per month to be added to the minimum monthly pay.
(g) Each classified employee shall receive an additional ten dollars per month also to be added to the minimum monthly pay for each of the following:
(1) A classified employee who holds twelve college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board;
(2) A classified employee who holds twenty-four college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board;
(3) A classified employee who holds thirty-six college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board;
(4) A classified employee who holds forty-eight college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board;
(5) A classified employee who holds sixty college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board; and
(6) A classified employee who holds seventy-two college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the governing board.
ARTICLE 10. FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTED AT STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
§18B-10-3a. Classified staff improvement fee.

In addition to the fees specifically provided in sections one, two and three of this article, all students enrolled for credit at a state institution of higher education shall pay a classified staff improvement fee. Each governing board shall fix the fee rates for the various institutions and classes of students under its jurisdiction and may from time to time change these rates: Provided, That the fee for each class of students shall be uniform throughout the state and shall be no less than fifteen dollars per semester for residents and no less than fifty dollars per semester for out-of-state students. The amount of the fee charged at each institution shall be prorated for part-time students. The fee imposed by this section is in addition to the maximum fees allowed to be collected under the provisions of sections one, two and three of this article and is not limited thereby. Refunds of the fee may be made in the same manner as any other fee collected at state institutions of higher education.
All classified staff improvement fees collected shall be deposited in a special fund in the state treasury. Each governing board shall use such fees, including any fees on deposit as of the effective date of this section, to the extent available to implement subsection (e) of section five, article nine of this chapter.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create incentives for classified staff to seek skill improvement through higher education by providing ten salary increases of ten dollars per month as employees attain certain educational levels. The bill also establishes a student fee to provide salary improvements for higher education classified employees. The bill removes the twenty-year cap presently applied to the experience increment.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

§18B-10-3a is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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