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Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission Establishment Amendment Act of 2006
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Councilmember Vincent Gray 
Councilmember Phil Mendelson


Councilmember Vincent Gray introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on _____.

To amend the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to create a Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission to study the compensation and benefits for elected officials by reviewing the best practices regionally and nationally of comparable jurisdictions, and to make findings and recommendations to the Mayor and Council. 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission Establishment Amendment Act of 2006".  

Sec. 2. The District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Official Code § 1-601.01 et seq.), is amended as follows: 

(a) A new Title XI-A is added to read as follows: 


"Sec. 1151. Establishment of the Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory 

"(a) The Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission ("Commission") is established.

"(b) Between the 2nd and 26th day of January 2007, and during the same period every second year thereafter, the Mayor and Council shall appoint the members of the Commission.

"Sec. 1152. Composition and term.

"(a) The Commission shall consist of 5 voting members and one nonvoting member, as follows:

"(1) One member appointed by the Chairman of the Council;

"(2) Two members appointed by the Mayor;

"(3) Two members appointed by the Council; and

"(4) The Director of the D.C. Office of Personnel, or his or her designee, as an ex officio nonvoting member.

"(b) The Chairperson of the Commission shall be selected by the voting members.

"(c) The voting members of the commission shall be private citizens generally recognized for their knowledge and experience in management and compensation matters who are District residents.

"(d) Each Member of the Commission shall serve a 2-year term. The initial term shall expire on December 31, 2008. A member is eligible for reappointment.

"(e) The Commission shall establish rules and procedures as the Commission shall determine.

"(f) Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term of the original appointee.

"(g) All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties, pursuant to rules issued by the Mayor in accordance with section 1108.

"Sec. 1153. Duties.

"The Commission shall perform the following duties:

"(1) Conduct an annual review examining the best practices in compensation and benefits for mayors and members of the Council and other elected officials in the surrounding Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as in comparable jurisdictions in the country; 

"(2) Study the feasibility of allowing councilmembers to elect to work part-time or full-time and to authorize additional compensation for councilmembers who agree not to engage in outside employment; and 

"(3) No later than September 15, 2008, and on September 15th for the succeeding biennium, the Commission, based on the study conducted pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of this section, shall submit its report to the Council and the Mayor containing its recommendation for changes in compensation levels for the Mayor or Members of the Council or its recommendation that no changes be made. In making its recommendation, the Commission shall consider:

"(A) The duties and level of responsibilities of each position; 

"(B) The current salary of the position and the length of time since the last change; 

"(C) Any change in the cost of living since the last change;

"(D) The salary trends for positions with analogous duties and responsibilities both within government and in the private sector; 

"(E) Budget limitations;

"(F) The information required by section 1109(b)(2)(A) and (B); and 

"(G) Any other factors the Commission may consider to be reasonable, appropriate, and in the public interest. 

"Sec. 1154. Meetings and hearings. 

"(a) The Commission shall meet as frequently as the proper and efficient discharge of its duties may require. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. The Commission may act by an affirmative vote of a majority of its voting members.  

"(b) Other than executive sessions to consider privileged matters, the meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. 

"(c) An executive meeting may be convened by a vote of a majority of the voting members of the Commission, upon good cause shown. 

"(d) The Commission shall hold at least two public hearings to take public testimony on its proposed compensation changes, including information from compensation experts from the public and private sectors. 

"(e) The Commission shall maintain records of proceedings as minutes of the meetings. 

"Sec. 1155. Powers. 

"(a) All offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the District government shall fully cooperate with the Commission and provide requested information and documents.

"(b) Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Commission may hire or contract for necessary staff and technical assistance or may require any office, agency or instrumentality of the District government to provide such assistance.".

"(c) Section 1109(a)(2) (D.C. Official Code § 1-611.09(a)(2)) is amended as follows:

"(1) Subsection (b)(2) is amended by adding a new subparagraph (D) to read as follows:

"(D) The recommendations of the Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission established by Title XI-A.".

"(2) A new subsection (d) is amended to read as follows:

"(d) In determining the proper salary level for the Mayor, the Council shall consider the recommendations of the Biennial Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission established by Title XI-A.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement 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)).

Sec. 4. 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)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

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