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Section 29-6-7 Construction Of Chapter.

Section 29-6-7

Construction of chapter.

(a) In addition to the powers otherwise provided in this chapter, the Legislative Council shall:

(1) Approve budget requests, provide accounting services, make purchases, and provide mail distribution, property inventory, telephone service, electronic media services, recycling services, and building maintenance services for the Legislative Department, and all agencies and entities, respectively, therein.

(2) Allocate space in the Alabama State House, including to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(3) Maintain a website of legislative expenditures that includes, but is not limited to, the names, salaries, and expenses of the members, officers, and employees of the Legislative Department and any contracts entered into by the Legislative Council for the benefit of any entity or agency of the Legislative Department. This requirement may be met through publication of the required information on a site that discloses this information on a statewide basis for other state government entities.

(4) Maintain the computer operations of the Legislature, including management and control of the Legislative Data Center and employ a director of technology who shall oversee the operations of the Legislative Data Center and maintain all computer guidelines of the Legislative Department and all agencies and entities therein, except that production of legislative proceedings of the respective Houses shall be under the control of the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, respectively.

(5) After consulting with the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House, provide security for the Alabama State House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and those portions of the State Capitol under the control of the Legislature, the House of Representatives, or the Senate; provided, however, that security for the Senate and House chambers, their entrances, and galleries shall be under the absolute supervision and control of the Secretary and Clerk, respectively. The Legislative Council shall also establish protocol for the cooperation between the persons providing security for the Legislature and such other law enforcement agencies as necessary.

(6) Reduce and contain the cost associated with the operation and maintenance of the Legislative Department to the fullest extent reasonably possible and practical. In accomplishing the reduction, the Legislative Council, to the fullest extent possible, shall look for methods to save public funds and contain costs.

(7) Annually review the performance of the Directors of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute.

(8) Employ a director of human resources who shall handle the human resources related functions for the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute. The Director of Human Resources shall provide services at the direction of the Legislative Council, including providing lists of applicants for open positions and the written application for employment for each, providing assistance in the determination of salary schedules, benefits, and terms of employment, maintaining custody of records as requested, and providing consultation on employee discipline.

(9) Establish, upon the recommendation of the Director of Human Resources, in consultation with the Directors of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute, respectively, the job classifications, salary schedules, benefits, and terms of employment for employees of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute.

(b) In addition to the powers otherwise provided in this chapter, the Senate Legislative Council shall, upon the recommendation of the Director of Human Resources, establish the job classifications, salary schedules, and benefits for all employees of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, there shall be a position of chief of staff who shall serve at the pleasure of the President Pro Tempore, under terms and conditions set by the President Pro Tempore; provided further, persons who serve at the pleasure of the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Minority Leader serve under terms and conditions set by the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Minority Leader, respectively; and provided further, persons employed under this sentence shall be paid from funds appropriated to the Office of the President Pro Tempore at a salary or other compensation approved by the President Pro Tempore.

(c) In addition to the powers otherwise provided in this chapter, the House Legislative Council shall, upon the recommendation of the Director of Human Resources, establish the job classifications, salary schedules, and benefits for all employees of the Speaker of the House. Notwithstanding the foregoing, there shall be a position of chief of staff who shall serve at the pleasure of the Speaker, under terms and conditions set by the Speaker; provided further, persons who serve at the pleasure of the House Majority Leader and the House Minority Leader serve under terms and conditions set by the House Majority Leader and the House Minority Leader, respectively; and provided further, persons employed under this sentence shall be paid from funds appropriated to the Office of the Speaker at a salary or other compensation approved by the Speaker.

(d) The salary schedules, benefits, and terms of employment for all staff of the Legislative Department shall be as uniform as practical.

(e) Employees of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, Alabama Law Institute, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall be under the direction and control of the Director of the Legislative Reference Service, Director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Director of the Alabama Law Institute, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, respectively.

(f) The Directors of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute shall annually review the performance of each employee subject to his or her supervision and report thereon to the Legislative Council.

(g) Recommendations for hiring of the Director of the Alabama Law Institute shall be made by the Institute Council to the Legislative Council, which shall have final hiring authority for the director.

(h) The Directors of the Legislative Reference Service, Legislative Fiscal Office, and Alabama Law Institute shall receive a salary in amounts provided by the Legislative Council.

(i) The Legislative Council, after considering in a timely manner persons recommended for hire by the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House, shall hire joint employees of the Legislature. The Legislative Council shall utilize the services of the Director of Human Resources for all joint employees, including providing lists of applicants for open positions and the written application for employment for each, providing assistance in determination of job classifications, salary schedules, benefits, and terms of employment, maintaining custody of records as requested, and providing consultation on employee discipline.

(Acts 1945, No. 152, p. 190, §8; Act 2015-408, §1.)

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Alabama
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Kay Ivey
Kay Ivey
April 10, 2017 -
Republican
1-334-242-3935
600 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL, 36104

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