The Committee shall review current employment issues, including, but not limited to, use of the State Classification System, retention of state employees, cost of employee benefits, the use of the optional retirement/benefits program, factors that justify pay differentials, and the furtherance of a merit-based compensation system. The Committee's report shall recommend changes in law and agency/board/commission practices necessary to implement its recommendations.
The Committee shall submit copies of its final report as soon as possible, but no later than November 15, 2002, and is thereupon discharged. This date will allow the findings of the Committee to be considered when the Legislative Budget Board is developing performance and budget recommendations to the 78th Legislature. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Senate, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.
The final report of the Committee should be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee and include any recommended statutory changes. Draft legislation containing recommended statutory changes should be attached to the report. Recommended agency rule changes should also be attached to the report.
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Budget and Staff
The Committee shall utilize existing staff, with assistance from the Senate Committee on Finance. Where appropriate, the Committee should obtain assistance from the Senate Research Center and legislative agencies, including the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Council, and the State Auditor. The Committee should also seek the assistance of appropriate Executive Branch agencies with responsibilities in the areas related to the Committee's interim charges.
Travel expenses of public members of the Committee shall be paid from funds appropriated to the Texas Legislative Council. Travel expenses of legislative members shall be paid from the operating budgets of those members.
Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2003. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 78th Legislative Session.