Now for the money: The California Assembly has set salary ranges for a handful of new job classifications it created this month.
Dozens of aides potentially could receive pay increases if chosen for the new posts. The 80-member Assembly employs about 1,200 people for Capitol and district offices, policy committees, administration, security and other functions, records show.
Administrator Jon Waldie said the purpose of increasing the number of job classifications was to create promotional opportunities for existing workers.
The changes came in the wake of voters' decision to alter California's legislative term limits, which now allow Assembly members to serve up to 12 years in the lower house, rather than six.
Anticipating that less frequent turnover of legislators will resort in more stable office staffs and fewer vacancies, the Assembly created two new positions and basically two step increases, with expanded duties, for existing office posts.
Waldie said that it is not yet known how many employees will be promoted to the new posts. Decisions will be based partly on years of service and partly on whether legislators have funding available in their office budgets to bankroll a change, he said.
The Assembly and Senate chambers are dark today neither house holds a floor session until Monday but a Senate subcommittee is going on the road. Members will look at how best to spend funds raised by voter-approved Proposition 39 on school construction and energy efficiency. The public hearing at Perkins Elementary School in San Diego runs from 2 to 5 p.m.
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