SB 514 Creates the Legislative Budget Office and modifies duties of various joint committees of the General Assembly
Sponsor: Dempsey
LR Number: 2156S.01I Fiscal Note: 2156-01
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 3/24/2009 - Hearing Conducted S General Laws Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SB 514 - This act modifies provisions regarding the duties of certain committees of the General Assembly.

Currently, the director of the Committee on Legislative Research provides administrative and legal support to the Joint Committee on Corrections. This act provides that house research and appropriations staff and senate research and appropriations staff shall alternately provide such support depending on whether the chair of the committee is a senator or representative.

This act establishes the Legislative Budget Office within the Committee on Legislative Research. The Office shall provide budgetary information to members of the General Assembly. The Office shall be responsible for providing a continuing study of the fiscal condition of the state, as well as other issues regarding budgetary and fiscal matters.

Current law requires the Oversight Division to conduct management audits and program audits. The act repeals provisions regarding management audits and renames program audits as "program evaluations" and modifies the requirements for program evaluations.

This act requires every employee of the Oversight Division of the Committee on Legislative Research to take an oath to support the Missouri Constitution, to faithfully demean himself or herself in office, to not disclose confidential information, and to not accept any gifts or emoluments for discharging their official duties, other than their official compensation. Any employee who violates this act is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

This act is similar to provisions in SB 739 (2008).

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