On the effective date of this section, the contract of the state for mass appraisal of residential properties and other reappraisal services shall be modified as follows:
(1) To conform with this article; and
(2) To remove from the contract data encoders and other clerical help, at an aggregate reduction in cost under the contract of at least three million dollars.
After investigation, the Legislature finds that the contractor is amenable to the modification of its contract to conform with the requirements of this article. The tax commissioner is directed to conform such contract to the requirements of this article within ten days after the effective date of this section.
The data encoders and other clerical employee positions required to be transferred from the contract to state employment pursuant to this section, being temporary positions requiring prompt employment of limited duration are hereby classified exempt for the purposes of article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code. The tax commissioner is hereby granted plenary authority, subject only to the supervision of the governor, to determine all terms and conditions of employment of such employees.