April 13, 2016
The “veto” Session is scheduled for 20 April; the members return to consider the actions taken by the Governor on Legislation and the recommendations that he has made to amend the Budget.
There are no surprises (and no changes) in the legislation we have been tracking; the Governor has recommended funding to continue the option for Consumer Directed services staff to be paid overtime for up to 16 hours per week.
The payment of limited overtime is in compliance with a change in regulations at the Federal level which reclassified CD staff and included them under the Fair Labor Standards Act (thereby requiring payment of at least minimum wage and overtime payment for hours worked over 40 hours on a week). The allowance for payment of limited overtime began in January; if the General Assembly does not overturn the Governor’s amendment, that practice will continue.