BILL NUMBER: S2598
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to apportionment of
resources for members of the state legislature
To provide equal staffing allocations for the running of the offices
of Members of the Senate and Assembly; to provide reasonable
additional assistance for Committee Chairs and Ranking Members; to
equitably apportion central staff allocations; and to develop a
non-partisan research service.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Amends the legislative law to:
1. Require that members of the Senate and Assembly be given equal
staffing allocation within each respective House of the Legislature;
2. Allocate additional resources for Committee Chairs and ranking
members. Those additional resources are $90,000 for all committee
Chairs except education, codes, health, and higher education (the
allocation for those Chairs would be $145,000); and in the case of
Finance/Ways and Means, the Allocation would be $200,000. The ranking
member of all committees would receive $30,000 except in the case of
education, codes, health, and higher education it would be $55,000;
and in the case of Finance and Ways and Means, $95,000.
3. Require a centralized research service for the Senate and Assembly
to be hired upon the recommendation of the Speaker, Temporary
President of the Senate, and Minority Leaders of each House.
EXISTING LAW :
Allocates staff resources based on seniority and political factors
rather than based on any equitable formula.
Each Member of the Assembly represents approximately the same number
of people as any other Member of the Assembly. Likewise, each Member
of the Senate represents approximately the same number of people as
any other Member of the Senate.
Nonetheless, staff allocations are largely arbitrary and do not
rationally relate to the service of the particular Senate or Assembly
District. There is simply no good explanation why one representative
of roughly 320,000 people should have multiple times the staff
allocation of another representative of 320,000 people. It makes no
The staff allocations (and Committee Chair/Ranking member allocations)
provided for herein ensure the equal ability to serve the District
represented by the Member. With respect to committee work, which is
only part of what a Committee Chair/Ranking Member do, the additional
allocation provides a rational amount for Committee Chairs to
independently function, organize meetings, conduct hearings, and have
the resources to have a reasonable amount of advice. With respect to
Ranking Members, who do not have the administrative responsibilities
of running a committee, the additional amount allows such member to
hire a staff person on a basis which allows that staff person to
provide advice and research relating to that committee's functions.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008: Senate Committee on Investigations and Government
Operations (S.5088) and Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
The bill provides for no new appropriation. It will require the
reconfiguration of existing appropriations.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE :
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