HB1301: Electoral board members and general registrars; compensation and expenses.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1301

Offered January 14, 2015
Prefiled November 5, 2014
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 24.2-108 and 24.2-111 of the Code of Virginia, relating to compensation and expenses of electoral board members and general registrars.
Patron-- Ware

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 24.2-108 and 24.2-111 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 24.2-108. Compensation and expenses of members.

The General Assembly shall establish a compensation and expense plan in the general appropriation act for the secretaries and members of the electoral boards. The governing body for the county or city of each electoral board shall pay the compensation, expenses, and mileage of the secretary and members of the electoral board in accordance with the plan and shall be reimbursed annually as authorized by the act by the Commonwealth for the full amount of such compensation, expenses, and mileage, notwithstanding any provision of the appropriation act to the contrary. The reasonable costs of electoral board members attending annual training programs provided by the State Board shall be included in the expense plan for electoral boards.

Each electoral board member shall submit a written claim for mileage and expenses authorized by the plan. The claim, when filed and found to be correct, shall be paid by the county or city. The county or city shall pay claims for mileage at the rate payable to members of the General Assembly.

The governing body of any county or city may pay to the secretary of the electoral board any additional allowance for expenses it deems appropriate and may pay to a full-time secretary any additional compensation it deems appropriate.

Each county and city shall furnish necessary postage and office supplies for the electoral board.

§ 24.2-111. Compensation and expenses of general registrars.

The General Assembly shall establish a compensation and expense plan in the general appropriation act for the general registrars. The governing body for the county or city of each general registrar shall pay the compensation and reasonable expenses of the general registrar in accordance with the plan and shall be reimbursed annually as authorized in the act by the Commonwealth for the full amount of such compensation and expenses, notwithstanding any provision of the appropriation act to the contrary. The governing body shall be required to provide benefits to the general and assistant registrars and staff as provided to other employees of the locality, and shall be authorized to supplement the salary of the general registrar to the extent provided in the act.

Each locality shall pay the The reasonable expenses of the general registrar, including include reimbursement for mileage at the rate payable to members of the General Assembly. In case of a dispute, the State Board shall approve or disapprove the reimbursement. Reasonable expenses include, but are not limited to, costs for: (i) an adequately trained registrar's staff, including training in the use of computers and other technology to the extent provided to other local employees with similar job responsibilities, and reasonable costs for the general registrar or at least one member of the registrar's staff to attend the annual training offered by the State Board; (ii) adequate training for officers of election; (iii) conducting elections as required by this title; and (iv) voter education.