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2008 MSPBA Legislative Report

SB-2202 Municipal Officer Due Process
DEFEATED

Introduced By: Senator David Blount of Jackson, Ms
This bill would have provided municipal officers throughout the state with basis due process rights in administrative disciplinary actions against them. This bill essentially provided that they be given written notice of the allegations against them. The right to appeal and have an impartial hearing, wherein they could present witnesses and evidence on their behalf and be represented at their own expense.
The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary B committee. It was passed by committee with a recommendation for Senate passage. The Senate passed two floor amendments to the bill and then defeated the passage of the bill by a margin of 32 to 19.


Mississippi State Senate
2008 Regular Session
YEAS AND NAYS On S. B. No. 2202. On motion of Senator Tollison, the rules were suspended, the bill considered engrossed, read the third time and, the yeas and nays being taken, it failed to pass, title standing as stated, by the following vote:


Yeas --Baria, Blount, Bryan, Butler, Davis V. (36th), Dawkins, Frazier, Harden, Horhn, Jackson R. (11th), Jones, Jordan, Lee E. (47th), Simmons, Tollison, Turner, Walls, Watson, Wilemon. Total--19.


Nays --Albritton, Brown, Browning, Burton, Carmichael, Chassaniol, Clarke, Davis D. (1st), Dearing, Dickerson, Fillingane, Gollott, Gordon, Hewes, Hopson, Hudson, Hyde-Smith, Jackson G. (15th), Jackson S. (32nd), King, Kirby, Lee P. (35th), McDaniel, Mettetal, Michel, Moffatt, Montgomery, Nunnelee, Powell, Stone, Ward, Yancey. Total--32.
Absent and those not voting--Flowers. Total--1.


SB-2680 Removal of Certain State Employees From Under State Personnel Board
DEFEATED

Introduced by: Senator Terry Brown of Columbus, Ms
The intent of this bill was to exempt employees of certain state agencies from the State Personnel Board procedures. This bill would have essentially made most state law enforcement officers and several thousand other state employees AAT WILL@ employees with no appeal rights to terminations or disciplinary actions. PBA opposed this legislation in that first it is contrary to the employment agreement the state made with these employees and second that it deprives them the right to defend themselves against allegations that may very well be inaccurate or even false.


This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 28 for passage and 22 against. The bill was then sent to the House of Representatives and assigned to the Fees and Salaries Committee where it died a very deserving death.


See below to determine how your Senator voted on this bill


Mississippi State Senate
2008 Regular Session
YEAS AND NAYS
On S. B. No. 2680. On motion of Senator Brown, the rules were suspended, the bill considered engrossed, read the third time and, the yeas and nays being taken, it passed, title standing as stated, by the following vote:


Yeas -- Albritton, Brown, Burton, Carmichael, Chassaniol, Clarke, Davis D. (1st), Dickerson, Fillingane, Flowers, Gordon, Hewes, Hopson, Hudson, Hyde-Smith, Jackson G. (15th), Jackson S. (32nd), King, Kirby, Lee P. (35th), McDaniel, Mettetal, Michel, Moffatt, Nunnelee, Ward, Watson, Yancey. Total--28.


Nays -- Baria, Blount, Bryan, Butler, Davis V. (36th), Dawkins, Dearing, Frazier, Gollott, Harden, Horhn, Jackson R. (11th), Jones, Jordan, Montgomery, Powell, Simmons, Stone, Tollison, Turner, Walls, Wilemon. Total--22.


Absent and those not voting ---- None.
Senator Lee E. (47th), who would have voted yea on S. B. No. 2680, announced a pair with Senator Browning, who would have voted nay.


HB-870 Amend to Remove State Employees From Under The State Personnel Board
DEFEATED

Introduced by: Representative Frances Fredricks of District 119


The intent of this bill as introduced, was to AMEND SECTION 25 9 107, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO ADD MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES TRAINEES TO THE LIST OF CADETS CLASSIFIED AS NONSTATE SERVICE EMPLOYEES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.


The bill passed the House. It was then sent to the Senate where it was assigned to the Fees, Salaries and Administration Committee. In this committee the bill was amended to include the same language to remove state employees from under the regulations of the State Personnel Board making them AAT WILL@ employees as contained in SB-2680. It is worthy of noting that this committee is chaired by Senator Terry Brown of Columbus, Ms. who was also the author of SB-2680. The bill passed committee and Senate floor vote as amended. It was then transmitted back to the House of Representatives for concurrence however the bill was allowed to die on the House calendar.


Below you can view how your senator voted on this bill after amended to remove employees from under the State Personnel Board.


Mississippi State Senate
2008 Regular Session


YEAS AND NAYS On H. B. No. 870. On motion of Senator Brown, the rules were suspended, the bill considered engrossed, read the third time and, the yeas and nays being taken, it passed as amended, title standing as stated, by the following vote:


Yeas -- Albritton, Brown, Burton, Carmichael, Chassaniol, Clarke, Davis D. (1st), Dickerson, Fillingane, Flowers, Gordon, Hewes, Hopson, Hudson, Hyde-Smith, Jackson G. (15th), Jackson S. (32nd), King, Kirby, Lee P. (35th), McDaniel, Mettetal, Michel, Moffatt, Nunnelee, Ward, Watson, Yancey. Total--28.


Nays -- Baria, Blount, Browning, Bryan, Butler, Davis V. (36th), Dawkins, Frazier, Gollott, Harden, Horhn, Jackson R. (11th), Jordan, Montgomery, Powell, Simmons, Stone, Tollison, Turner. Total--19.
Absent and those not voting--Dearing, Jones, Lee E. (47th), Walls, Wilemon. Total--5.


HB-504 MUNICIPAL OFFICER DUE PROCESS
DIED IN COMMITTEE

Introduced by: Representative Jimmy Puckett of Amory, Ms


HB-1020 MUNICIPAL OFFICER DUE PROCESS
DIED IN COMMITTEE

Introduced by: Representative Walter Robinson of Raymond, Ms


Both of these bills were introduced at the request of PBA and would have provided basic due process for municipal officer in administrative disciplinary actions. The bills were referred to the House Municipalities Committee where they both died.


See below for those members who serve on the House Municipalities Committee:


Municipalities Committee Members
David W. Myers, Chairman; Tom Weathersby, Vice Chairman


Members: Cecil Brown; Kimberly L. Campbell; Lester Carpenter; Linda Coleman; Bill Denny; Eugene Forrest Hamilton; Gregory Holloway; Rita Martinson; John Mayo; Willie J. Perkins, Sr.; Jimmy Puckett; Walter L. Robinson, Jr.; Greg Snowden; Mary Ann Stevens; Jerry R. Turner.


HB-1024 Overtime Compensation for State Law Enforcement Officers
DIED IN COMMITTEE

Introduced by: Representative Walter Robinson of Raymond , Ms


HB-951 Overtime Compensation for State Law Enforcement Officers
DIED IN COMMITTEE

Introduced by: Representative George Flaggs, Jr. of Vicksburg, Ms


Both of these bills were assigned to the House Appropriations Committee and died in committee. Either of these bills would have required the state to compensate all state law enforcement officers for overtime worked, commonly called AAgency Time@ by the state. Means of compensation included monetary payment, paid time off or retirement credit. AAgeny Time@ is the (11) hours worked between 169 hours and 171 hours in a 28 day period. Currently compensatory time is given however all of the time must be used or lost. If an employee changes departments, or leaves state employment by any means, resignation, termination, retirement or death, these hours are lost. It is as though they were never worked. Employees are prohibited by the state from taking AAgency Hours@ off if they have any other overtime which has been classified as FLSA compensatory time. FLSA time must be depleted first...why? Because under federal law the state must compensate employees for FLSA overtime, but the federal law does not apply to agency time. Nearly, if not all state employees other than law enforcement personnel do not have this problem since any hours worked over 160 hours in a 28 day period are covered under FLSA.


While it appears that the various state law enforcement departments manage their overtime in different ways, the same laws apply. Some do a good job of managing overtime, others do not. Officers with Mississippi Department of Corrections for example have been known to loose compensation for as much as 250 hours of overtime worked that was classified as AAgency Time@. Even now, many MDOC officers at correctional facilities have been being required to work double shifts on a regular basis for many months accruing many hours of overtime.


Appropriations Committee Members
Johnny W. Stringer, Chairman; Preston E. Sullivan, Vice-Chairman


Members: Tracy Arinder; Billy Broomfield; Cecil Brown; Linda F. Coleman; Mary H. Coleman; Dirk D. Dedeaux; Bill Denny; Reecy L. Dickson; Blaine Eaton; George Flaggs, Jr.; Herb Frierson; David Gibbs; Daniel D. Guice, Jr.; Frank Hamilton; John W. Hines, Sr.; D. Stephen Holland; Robert E. Huddleston; Wanda Jennings; Bennett Malone; Rita Martinson; Warner F. McBride; America Chuck Middleton; Diane C. Peranich; John Read; Thomas U. Reynolds; Omeria Scott; Mary Ann Stevens; Rufus Straughter; Greg Ward; Joseph L. Warren; Tom Weathersby

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