New restrictions or banning could be forthcoming on severance pay for executive branch employees who leave state service.
Anderson said the bill would ensure the law on severance pay is “as the Legislature intended it.”
Under current law, severance pay may not exceed an amount equal to six months’ salary. The bill would set severance pay limits to the lesser of the equivalent of six months’ pay or an amount equal to 35 percent of the employee’s accumulated but unused sick time.
The bill would apply to “highly compensated” state workers who earn more than $76,577 annually, which is 60 percent of the governor’s salary.
One group of employees would be prohibited from getting severance pay at all: commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and “public officials” as defined by law.
Sparking the bill was Dayton’s approval of three month’s severance pay for three former members of his cabinet:
The severance payments came to light in a Sept. 20, 2016, report by American Public Media that noted eight other departing commissioners had not received similar payouts.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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