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District of Columbia Elected Official Compensation Commission Establishment Act of 2006
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To establish the District of Columbia Elected Official Compensation Commission to provide recommendations to the Council of the District of Columbia on the proper compensation for the Mayor, Chair of the Council, and Councilmembers, and other purposes. 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "District of Columbia Elected Official Compensation Commission Establishment Act of 2006". 

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of Section 1109 of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Official Code §1-611.09), is amended to read as follows: 

Councilmember Phil Mendelson introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on _____.

"(b) Members of the Council shall receive compensation in the amount of $115,000 per year and the Chairman shall receive compensation pursuant to § 1-204.03(d), which shall be made in equal and periodic installments. The compensation shall be subject to cost of living increases, but not subject to step or other increases. No other increases shall be made to members of the Council, excluding the Chairman, except pursuant to the District of Columbia Elected Official Compensation Commission Establishment Act. 

Sec. 3. Establishment of the Commission.

There is established a District of Columbia Elected Official Compensation Commission to determine the proper compensation of elected officials in the District of Columbia. The Commission shall meet at least biannually. 

Sec. 4. Commission members. 

(a) The Commission shall consist of 7 voting members, 3 to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and 4 members appointed by the Chairman of the Council.

(b) Officers:

(1) The Commission Chairman shall be chosen by the Mayor,

(2) The Commission Vice Chairman shall be chosen by the Council Chairman; 

(3) The Commission shall elect from among its members such other officers of the Commission as it determines appropriate;

(c) Commission members shall serve a three-year term, except that the terms shall be staggered such that the first 2 members appointed by the Mayor shall serve a one-year term and the first 2 members appointed by the Council Chairman shall serve a two-year term, with all other and subsequent appointments serving a three-year term. 

(d) Commission members shall be residents of the District of Columbia for at least 5 years. The members shall be broadly representative of the public at large. Members of the legislature and officers and employees of the District of Columbia or the federal government shall not be eligible for appointment to or serve as members of the Commission. 

(e) A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made to complete the term of the vacant member. A Commission member may continue to serve as holdover after the expiration of his or her term until a successor is designated, except that the term of the successor shall be deemed to have commenced upon the expiration of the term of the previous member. 

(f) A majority of the number of Commission members serving shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business. 

(g) Commission members shall serve without compensation for their membership on the Commission, but may receive travel, per diem, and' other actual, reasonable, and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as Commission members. In no event, however, shall a Commission member receive more than $1,000 per year. 

(h) Public notice shall be given of all meetings of the commission, and the meetings shall be open to the public. 

Sec. 5. Reports. 

(a) On February 1, of each odd numbered year, the Commission shall submit to the Council a proposed act and report containing its recommendations for proposed salaries for the Mayor, the Chair of the Council and individual councilmembers; provided that t he salary of the Chair shall be pursuant to § 1-204.03(d). 

(b) In determining the proper salary level of the Mayor, the Chair of the Council, and members of the Council, the Commission shall consider at a minimum: 

(1) The salary level of executive agency heads; 

(2) Pay increases for nonunion employees of the District; 

(3) Survey of salaries of elected officials in similar jurisdictions;

(4) Consumer price index; and

(5) Any other information the Commission deems necessary.

(c) The act shall be delivered to the Chair of the Council, the Mayor, and each member of the Council. The Commission shall also make the report available to the general public.

(d) The Commission may make recommendations as to salaries for other District of Columbia elected officials.

Sec. 6. Council action 

Upon receiving the proposed pay raise legislation and report from the Commission, the Chair of the Council shall introduce the legislation at the next legislative session. The Council shall hold a public hearing on the report within 5 months of its introduction. 

Sec. 7. Fiscal impact statement 

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement contained in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code §1-206.02(c)(3)(2001)). 

Sec. 8. Effective date. 

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code §1-206.02(c)(1)(2001)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.  

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