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H.J.R. 9







Sponsor: Glenn L. Way

             7      This joint resolution of the Legislature rejects the salary recommendations of the Legislative
             8      Compensation Commission that would, except for this joint resolution, take effect on
             9      January 1, 2003.
             10      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             11          WHEREAS, Utah Code Title 36, Chapter 2, Employees and Compensation, governs the
             12      process for setting the salaries of members of the Legislature;
             13          WHEREAS, the statute provides that, unless rejected or decreased by the Legislature, the
             14      legislative salary of a member of the Legislature is automatically set at the amount recommended
             15      by the Legislative Compensation Commission;
             16          WHEREAS, the statute requires the Legislative Compensation Commission to make its
             17      recommendations in an even-numbered year to take effect beginning January 1st of the following
             18      odd-numbered year;
             19          WHEREAS, the Legislative Compensation Commission, in its report prepared for the 2002
             20      General Session, recommended that the legislative salary level be increased from $120 to $130 per
             21      day for:
             22          (1) each calendar day of an annual general session; and
             23          (2) each day the legislator attends:
             24          (a) a veto-override session;
             25          (b) a special session; or
             26          (c) other authorized legislative meeting;
             27          WHEREAS, pursuant to the statute, the Legislature must take action in the 2002 General

             28      Session if the Legislature wants to reject the recommendations of the Legislative Compensation
             29      Commission prepared for the 2002 General Session, which, except for this joint resolution would
             30      take effect January 2002; and
             31          WHEREAS, with limited state revenues this fiscal year, the increase in legislative salaries
             32      is not appropriate at this time:
             33          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah rejects
             34      the salary amount recommended by the Legislative Compensation Commission in the
             35      commission's report prepared for the 2002 General Session.
             36          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that:
             37          (1) the legislative salary of a member of the Legislature shall remain at the amount
             38      effective on January 1, 2001 of $120 per each day the member of the Legislature is entitled to pay
             39      under Title 36, Chapter 2; and
             40          (2) consistent with the recommendations of the Legislative Compensation Commission
             41      the additional compensation for legislative leadership shall remain at the levels effective on
             42      January 1, 2001.
             43          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Legislative
             44      Compensation Commission.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-18-01 11:07 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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