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91_SB1855ham001 LRB9110972REcdam 1 AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1855 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend Senate Bill 1855 by replacing 3 the title with the following: 4 "AN ACT concerning the General Assembly."; and 5 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the 6 following: 7 "Section 5. The General Assembly Compensation Act is 8 amended by changing Section 4 as follows: 9 (25 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 63, par. 15.1) 10 Sec. 4. Office allowance. Beginning July 1, 2001
1989, 11 each member of the House of Representatives is authorized to 12 approve the expenditure of not more than $61,000 $57,000per 13 year and each member of the Senate is authorized to approve 14 the expenditure of not more than $73,000 $67,000per year to 15 pay for "personal services", "contractual services", 16 "commodities", "printing", "travel", "operation of automotive 17 equipment", "telecommunications services", as defined in the 18 State Finance Act, and the compensation of one or more 19 legislative assistants authorized pursuant to this Section, 20 in connection with his or her legislative duties and not in 21 connection with any political campaign. On July 1, 2002 and -2- LRB9110972REcdam 1 on July 1 of each year thereafter, the amount authorized per 2 year under this Section for each member of the Senate and 3 each member of the House of Representatives shall be 4 increased by a percentage increase equivalent to the lesser 5 of (i) the increase in the designated cost of living index or 6 (ii) 5%. The designated cost of living index is the index 7 known as the "Employment Cost Index, Wages and Salaries, By 8 Occupation and Industry Groups: State and Local Government 9 Workers: Public Administration" as published by the Bureau of 10 Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor for the 11 calendar year immediately preceding the year of the 12 respective July 1st increase date. The increase shall be 13 added to the then current amount, and the adjusted amount so 14 determined shall be the annual amount beginning July 1 of the 15 increase year until July 1 of the next year. No increase 16 under this provision shall be less than zero. 17 A member may purchase office equipment if the member 18 certifies to the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the 19 House, as applicable, that the purchase price, whether paid 20 in lump sum or installments, amounts to less than would be 21 charged for renting or leasing the equipment over its 22 anticipated useful life. All such equipment must be 23 purchased through the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of 24 the House, as applicable, for proper identification and 25 verification of purchase. 26 Each member of the General Assembly is authorized to 27 employ one or more legislative assistants, who shall be 28 solely under the direction and control of that member, for 29 the purpose of assisting the member in the performance of his 30 or her official duties. A legislative assistant may be 31 employed pursuant to this Section either under contract or as 32 a State employee, at the discretion of the member. If 33 employed as a State employee, a legislative assistant shall 34 receive employment benefits on the same terms and conditions -3- LRB9110972REcdam 1 that apply to other employees of the General Assembly. 2 As used in this Section the term "personal services" 3 shall include contributions of the State under the Federal 4 Insurance Contribution Act and under Article 14 of the 5 Illinois Pension Code. As used in this Section the term 6 "contractual services" shall not include improvements to real 7 property unless those improvements are the obligation of the 8 lessee under the lease agreement. Beginning July 1, 1989, as 9 used in the Section, the term "travel" shall be limited to 10 travel in connection with a member's legislative duties and 11 not in connection with any political campaign. Beginning 12 July 1, 1989, as used in this Section, the term "printing" 13 includes congratulatory mailings, including but not limited 14 to greeting or welcome messages, anniversary or birthday 15 cards, and congratulations for prominent achievement cards. 16 As used in this Section, the term "printing" includes fees 17 for non-substantive resolutions charged by the Clerk of the 18 House of Representatives under subsection (c-5) of Section 1 19 of the Legislative Materials Act. Nothing in this Section 20 shall be construed to authorize expenditures for lodging and 21 meals while a member is in attendance at sessions of the 22 General Assembly. 23 Any utility bill for service provided to a member's 24 district office for a period including portions of 2 25 consecutive fiscal years may be paid from funds appropriated 26 for such expenditure in either fiscal year. 27 If a vacancy occurs in the office of Senator or 28 Representative in the General Assembly, any office equipment 29 in the possession of the vacating member shall transfer to 30 the member's successor; if the successor does not want such 31 equipment, it shall be transferred to the Secretary of the 32 Senate or Clerk of the House of Representatives, as the case 33 may be, and if not wanted by other members of the General 34 Assembly then to the Department of Central Management -4- LRB9110972REcdam 1 Services for treatment as surplus property under the State 2 Property Control Act. Each member, on or before June 30th of 3 each year, shall conduct an inventory of all equipment 4 purchased pursuant to this Act. Such inventory shall be 5 filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the 6 House, as the case may be. Whenever a vacancy occurs, the 7 Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House, as the 8 case may be, shall conduct an inventory of equipment 9 purchased. 10 In the event that a member leaves office during his or 11 her term, any unexpended or unobligated portion of the 12 allowance granted under this Section shall lapse. The 13 vacating member's successor shall be granted an allowance in 14 an amount, rounded to the nearest dollar, computed by 15 dividing the annual allowance by 365 and multiplying the 16 quotient by the number of days remaining in the fiscal year. 17 From any appropriation for the purposes of this Section 18 for a fiscal year which overlaps 2 General Assemblies, no 19 more than 1/2 of the annual allowance per member may be spent 20 or encumbered by any member of either the outgoing or 21 incoming General Assembly, except that any member of the 22 incoming General Assembly who was a member of the outgoing 23 General Assembly may encumber or spend any portion of his 24 annual allowance within the fiscal year. 25 The appropriation for the annual allowances permitted by 26 this Section shall be included in an appropriation to the 27 President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House of 28 Representatives for their respective members. The President 29 of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall voucher for 30 payment individual members' expenditures from their annual 31 office allowances to the State Comptroller, subject to the 32 authority of the Comptroller under Section 9 of the State 33 Comptroller Act. 34 (Source: P.A. 90-569, eff. 1-28-98.) -5- LRB9110972REcdam 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 2 July 1, 2001.".
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