The Special Sessions and the Courts

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The state budget was the primary focus of the special legislative session, but there were a few bills that impact the courts.  Specifically, AB 2, which passed the Assembly and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature, would allow Counties, including County Clerks and District Attorneys, to deviate from the typical five day work week if doing so is fiscally neutral or results in a cost savings.  This might suggest that Counties could decide the courts should operate on a 4-day work week.  AB 6, which also passed the Assembly and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature, addresses several bugetary matters that impact the courts, criminal justice agencies and the prisons.  Of particular interest:

The budget of the Attorney General's Office will be reduced $1,391,545 in 2009-10 and $781,837 in 2010-11.

Earnings are earmarked from the Department of Corrections based upon charging the Offenders' Store for rent, charging the Offenders' Store for the rent of gymnasiums and for 50% of the costs of officer salaries for visitation posts, charging inmates a one-time energy surcharge on the purchase of electronic devices, cancelling the Choices contract, a reduction of medical payments to the Medicare rates, and a reduction of debt-service costs for the Women's prison.

The bill would hold vacant 12 positions at Lake's Crossing.

The bill requires the closing of Summit View Youth Correctional Center and the elimination of 49 positions at the facility.

SB 3, which passed the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting signature by the Governor, establishes a 4-day workweek for "the offices of all state officers, departments, boards, commissions and agencies" unless granted and exemption.  The bill provides that the Supreme Court shall determine exemptions from the requirements of this section for offices within the Judicial Branch of State Government.  The bill also provides that newly hired classified employees in the state system  shall be subject to a pay plan that does not include any special or other adjustments to the base rates set forth in the pay plan.  Under the bill, corrections officers must be scheduled to work not less than 3 consecutive 12-hour shifts and not less than 7 12-hour shifts during each 14-day pay period. 









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