Died In Committee on 06-26-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3144
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HMPL/Overview
This bill changes annual salary of members of Legislature at annual mean occupational employment and wage estimate for Oregon for year preceding start of biennium. Directs Legislative Revenue Officer to report annual mean occupational employment and wage estimate on or before May 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Current law sets legislator pay at an annual salary that equals one step below the maximum step of the Salary Range 1 in the Management Service Compensation Plan in the Oregon executive department, which is currently $32,832 per year. Compared to the 2019 mean occupational employment and wage estimate for Oregon reported by the Secretary of State is $55,027. Using these numbers, the difference of $1,850 per month in salary plus related benefits, would result in a fiscal impact of approximately $4 million to the Legislative Assembly’s personal services budget for the 18 months of the 2021-23 biennium. HB 3144 changes annual legislator pay to the annual mean occupational employment and wage estimate for Oregon as determined by the Legislative Revenue Office beginning on January 1, 2022, which potentially will be higher. This isn’t the time to obligate 4+million when the whole state is hurting.