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SENATE BILL NO. 1083 – Legislative interns, hiring


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S1083......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LEGISLATIVE INTERNS - Amends existing law relating to the Legislative
Council to provide for the hiring, compensation, qualifications and duties
of legislative interns.
02/02    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/05    Rpt prt - to St Aff

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  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2007
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1083
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        SECTION 1.  That Section 67-429, Idaho Code, be, and the  same  is  hereby
  7    amended to read as follows:
  8        67-429.  POWERS  AND  DUTIES.  (1)  It shall be the duty of the council to
  9    collect and compile information, to draft bills and to conduct  research  upon
 10    any  subject which the legislature may authorize or direct or upon any subject
 11    which it may determine, provided that all activities of the  council  must  be
 12    reasonably related to a legislative purpose. The legislature may make specific
 13    assignments to the council by a concurrent resolution approved by both houses.
 14        (2)  The  council  may hold public hearings and it may authorize or direct
 15    any of its committees to hold public hearings on any matters within the juris-
 16    diction of the council.
 17        (3)  The council shall establish  and  maintain  a  legislative  reference
 18    library.
 19        (4)  For  the  purpose  of conducting any study within the jurisdiction of
 20    the council, by resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3)
 21    of the entire membership of the council, the chairman of the council may  sub-
 22    poena  witnesses,  compel their attendance, take evidence and require the pro-
 23    duction of any books, papers, correspondence or  other  documents  or  records
 24    which  the council deems relevant or material to any matter on which the coun-
 25    cil or any committee is conducting a study.
 26        (5)  It shall be the duty of the council to superintend and administer the
 27    legislative space in the capitol building at all times, and  to  prepare  such
 28    space  when  required for the sessions of the legislature, which shall include
 29    the provision of furniture and equipment.
 30        (6)  The legislative council shall review and make recommendations to  the
 31    administrator  of  the division of human resources on all aspects of the state
 32    personnel system, including policies, wages and salaries.
 33        (7)  The council has authority to appoint committees  and  hire  staff  or
 34    contract for services to implement the provisions of this section. In addition
 35    to the duties provided above, the council has authority to:
 36        (a)  Provide  the  legislature  with  research and analysis of current and
 37        projected state revenue, state expenditure and state tax expenditures;
 38        (b)  Provide the legislature with a report analyzing the  governor's  pro-
 39        posed levels of revenue and expenditures for budgets and supplemental bud-
 40        get requests submitted to the legislature;
 41        (c)  Provide  an analysis of the impact of the governor's proposed revenue
 42        and expenditure plans for the next fiscal year;
 43        (d)  Conduct research on matters of economic and fiscal policy and  report
  1        to the legislature on the result of the research;
  2        (e)  Provide  economic  reports  and  studies  on the state of the state's
  3        economy including trends and forecasts for consideration by  the  legisla-
  4        ture;
  5        (f)  Conduct budget and tax studies and provide general fiscal and budget-
  6        ary information;
  7        (g)  Review and make recommendations on the operation of state programs in
  8        order  to appraise the implementation of state laws regarding the expendi-
  9        ture of funds and to recommend means of improving their efficiency;
 10        (h)  Recommend to the legislature changes in the mix  of  revenue  sources
 11        for  programs,  in  the  percentage of state expenditures devoted to major
 12        programs, and in the role of the legislature in overseeing  state  govern-
 13        ment expenditures and revenue projections;
 14        (i)  Make  a  continuing  study and investigation of the building needs of
 15        the government of the state of Idaho, including, but not limited  to,  the
 16        following:   the  current  and  future  requirements of new buildings, the
 17        maintenance of existing buildings, rehabilitating and  remodeling  of  old
 18        buildings, the planning of administrative offices, and exploring the meth-
 19        ods of financing building and related costs; and
 20        (j)  Conduct  a  study of state-local finance, analyzing and making recom-
 21        mendations to the legislature on issues including levels of state  support
 22        for  political subdivisions, basic levels of local need, balances of local
 23        revenues and options, relationship of local taxes to individuals'  ability
 24        to pay and financial reporting by political subdivisions; and
 25        (k)  At  its discretion, hire and assign responsibilities to not more than
 26        ten (10) legislative interns for each legislative session, subject to  the
 27        following:
 28             (i)   The  compensation  paid  to  each  legislative intern shall not
 29             exceed one thousand five hundred  dollars  ($1,500)  per  legislative
 30             session;
 31             (ii)  The legislative intern shall be currently enrolled in an insti-
 32             tution  of  postsecondary  education located in the state of Idaho or
 33             temporarily absent from such institution of  postsecondary  education
 34             due to having been awarded the internship; and
 35             (iii) The responsibility assigned to each legislative intern shall be
 36             to further the public policy interest of the state of Idaho as deter-
 37             mined  by  the  legislator  or  legislators  to  whom  the  intern is
 38             assigned.
 39        (8)  In performing its duties under subsection (7) of  this  section,  the
 40    council and its employees may consider, among other things:
 41        (a)  The relative dependence on state tax revenues, federal funds and user
 42        fees  to  support  state-funded  programs, and whether the existing mix of
 43        revenue sources is appropriate given the purpose of the programs;
 44        (b)  The relative percentages of state expenditures that  are  devoted  to
 45        major  programs  such as education, assistance to local government, aid to
 46        individuals, state agencies and institutions and debt service; and
 47        (c)  The role of the legislature in overseeing state  government  expendi-
 48        tures,  including  legislative  appropriation  of  money  from the general
 49        account, legislative appropriation of money from funds other than the gen-
 50        eral account, state agency receipt of money into revolving and other dedi-
 51        cated funds and expenditure of money from these  funds  and  state  agency
 52        expenditure of federal funds.
 53        (9)  The  council's  recommendations shall consider the long-term needs of
 54    the state. The recommendations must not duplicate work done by  standing  com-
 55    mittees of the senate and house of representatives.
  1        (10) The  council  may,  after consultation with the governor and with the
  2    chairs of the standing committees of  the  legislature,  select  mandates  and
  3    state  programs  for review. When selecting mandates, state aids or state pro-
  4    grams to be reviewed, the council may consider those that involve payments  to
  5    local  units of government. Staff from affected agencies, staff from the divi-
  6    sion of financial management and legislative staff shall  participate  in  the
  7    reviews.
  8        (11) The  following  state  aids  and  associated  state  mandates  may be
  9    reviewed:
 10        (a)  Local government aid, ad valorem property tax credits, tax  increment
 11        financing and fiscal disparities;
 12        (b)  Human service aids;
 13        (c)  Educational  support  dollars   utilized  for school district general
 14        fund aids, school district capital expenditure fund aids, and school  dis-
 15        trict debt service fund aids;
 16        (d)  General  government aids including natural resource aids, environmen-
 17        tal protection aids, transportation aids, economic  development  aids  and
 18        general infrastructure aids.
 19        (12) At  the direction of the council, the reviews of state aids and state
 20    mandates involving state financing of local government  activities  listed  in
 21    subsection (11) of this section may include:
 22        (a)  The  employment  status,  wages  and  benefits of persons employed in
 23        administering the programs;
 24        (b)  The desirable applicability of state procedural laws or rules;
 25        (c)  Methods for increasing political  subdivision  options  in  providing
 26        their share, if any, of program costs;
 27        (d)  Desirable redistributions of funding responsibilities for the program
 28        and  the  time  period  during  which any recommended funding distribution
 29        should occur;
 30        (e)  Opportunities for reducing program mandates and giving political sub-
 31        divisions more flexibility in meeting program needs;
 32        (f)  Comparability of treatment of similar units of government;
 33        (g)  The effect of the state aid or mandate on  the  distribution  of  tax
 34        burdens among individuals based upon ability to pay;
 35        (h)  Coordination  of  the  payment or allocation formula with other state
 36        aid programs;
 37        (i)  Incentives that have been created for local spending  decisions,  and
 38        whether the incentives should be changed;
 39        (j)  Ways  in  which  political  subdivisions  have changed their revenue-
 40        raising behavior since receiving these grants;
 41        (k)  An assessment of the accountability of all government  agencies  that
 42        participate in the administration of the program.
 43        (13) The  legislative  council may provide for a complete audit of any and
 44    every fund in the state treasury and other state moneys at least once in every
 45    two (2) fiscal years, and commencing for fiscal year 1995 and each year there-
 46    after shall provide for an annual statewide financial audit of  the  statewide
 47    annual financial report prepared by the state controller, and is hereby autho-
 48    rized:
 49        (a)  To supervise and examine the accounts and expenditures of the several
 50        departments  and  public  institutions of the state and to prescribe rules
 51        necessary to assure the adequacy and timeliness of  all  audits  performed
 52        for or on behalf of all political subdivisions thereof;
 53        (b)  To  inspect  securities  held  by  the several departments and public
 54        institutions of the state and the political subdivisions thereof;
 55        (c)  To examine, at any and all times, the accounts of every private  cor-
  1        poration, institution, association, or board receiving appropriations from
  2        the  legislature  or  contracting for health and welfare services with the
  3        state of Idaho;
  4        (d)  To demand and receive reports from the state  treasurer,  state  con-
  5        troller,  director  of the department of finance, and any other officer or
  6        agency, and from the several state depositories;
  7        (e)  To publish, from time to time, for the  information  of  the  several
  8        departments  and  of the general public, bulletins of the works of govern-
  9        ment;
 10        (f)  To be the official depository of all audits of  the  several  depart-
 11        ments and public institutions of the state and its political subdivisions;
 12        the  filing  of  an  audit  with the official depository shall satisfy all
 13        requirements for the filing of an audit with the state, any  other  provi-
 14        sion of law notwithstanding;
 15        (g)  To  review  or  have  reviewed the work papers or other documentation
 16        utilized in the audit of a state department or public institution  of  the
 17        state  and  its  political  subdivisions,  and to reject for filing in the
 18        official depository any report based upon unsatisfactory  work  papers  or
 19        inadequately supported documentation;
 20        (h)  To  review and approve the terms and conditions or other statement of
 21        services to be provided on any or all contracts  or  agreements  by  state
 22        government agencies for audits or audit type services; and
 23        (i)  To  report  to the attorney general, for such action, civil or crimi-
 24        nal, as the attorney general may deem necessary, all facts showing illegal
 25        expenditure of the public money or misappropriation of the public money or
 26        misappropriation of the public property.  The governor and state  control-
 27        ler shall also be notified when the report is made to the attorney general
 28        pursuant to this subsection.
 29        All  reports,  findings  and audits of the legislative council pursuant to
 30    this subsection shall be submitted to the legislature and to the governor.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16876

The purpose of this legislation is to provide that Legislative
Council may hire for a stipend of $1500 and assign
responsibilities to not more than 10 legislative interns per
session.  These interns shall be students at an Idaho post-
secondary institution.  The responsibility assigned to each
intern shall be to further the public policy interest of the
State of Idaho as determined by the legislator or legislator(s)
to which they are assigned.
                           FISCAL NOTE

Maximum of $15,000/session plus small administrative fee.

Name:  Senator Gary Schroeder 
Phone: 208-332-1324

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        S 1083