2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 24 - Legislature and Laws
RS 24:31.5 - Legislative assistants for members

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 24:31.5 (2018)

§31.5. Legislative assistants for members

A.(1) Each member of the legislature may employ one or more legislative assistants, who shall be employed as unclassified state employees.

(2) The Legislative Budgetary Control Council shall establish and provide for the implementation of a salary schedule for legislative assistants. The Legislative Budgetary Control Council may make adjustments to the salary schedule for legislative assistants as necessary.

(3) Each legislator shall determine the qualification requirements of his legislative assistant or assistants. However, no person who is a member of the family of the legislator may serve as his legislative assistant.

(4)(a) Each legislative assistant shall perform such duties as the legislator may assign and shall be paid a salary fixed by the legislator. The salary for any one legislative assistant shall not exceed the base salary established by the Legislative Budgetary Control Council plus the equivalent of one step for each year of his employment as a legislative assistant.

(b) If a legislator employs more than one legislative assistant, the total salary for all his legislative assistants shall not exceed the base salary established by the Legislative Budgetary Control Council plus the equivalent of one step for each year of employment as a legislative assistant of the legislative assistant receiving the highest salary, or the equivalent of one step for each year of the employing legislator's service as a legislator, at the option of the employing legislator. However, no legislative assistant shall be paid a salary that exceeds the base salary established by the Legislative Budgetary Control Council plus the equivalent of one step for each year of his employment as a legislative assistant.

(c) The Legislative Budgetary Control Council shall also provide a detailed mechanism to factor in other governmental experience into the number of years of experience of a legislative assistant for determining that legislative assistant's salary.

(5) The salary of each legislative assistant shall be paid from the funds of the respective house, withdrawn from the state treasury and deposited in the manner provided in R.S. 24:31.1, and shall be paid to each individual legislative assistant whose employment and salary have been certified by a member to his respective presiding officer. Payment shall be by check signed by the speaker of the House of Representatives as to the salary of legislative assistants to House members and by the president of the Senate as to the salary of legislative assistants to Senate members. Facsimile signatures may be used.

(6) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the use of contractual secretarial services in lieu of one or more legislative assistants who shall be paid in accordance with the salary schedule established by the Legislative Budgetary Control Council.

B. Each legislator who employs one or more legislative assistants as provided in this Section shall notify the presiding officer of his house in writing as to the name of each such legislative assistant and the salary to be paid. Any change of person or salary shall be reported to the presiding officer of his house within ten days after such change. The respective presiding officer shall hold such reports during the term of office of the legislator involved.

C.(1)(a) If a legislator employs only one legislative assistant, the assistant may participate in the state's group life, health, and hospitalization insurance program and the state employees' retirement system if the assistant receives at least sixty percent of the total compensation available to employ the legislative assistant.

(b) When a legislator employs more than one legislative assistant, the primary legislative assistant may participate in the state's group life, health, and hospitalization insurance program and the state employees' retirement system. "Primary legislative assistant" means the legislative assistant who receives the highest salary and whose salary is at least sixty percent of the total salary that such assistant can be paid.

(c) Any legislative assistant who does not meet the criteria set forth in this Subsection shall not be eligible to participate in these benefits.

(2) All legislative assistants shall be eligible for workers' compensation coverage as state employees immediately upon employment.

Added by Acts 1972, No. 259, §1. Amended by Acts 1975, No. 44, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975; Acts 1979, No. 408, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979; Acts 1980, No. 493, §1, eff. July 22, 1980; Acts 1983, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 1, §6; Acts 1986, No. 946, §1; Acts 1989, No. 9, §1; Acts 1989, No. 806, §1; Acts 1992, No. 520, §1, eff. June 26, 1992; Acts 1997, No. 1344, §1, eff. July 1, 1997; Acts 2008, No. 838, §1, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 861, §10.

NOTE: See Acts 2008, No. 838, §§2 and 4, regarding implementation.

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