Committee holds financial accountability bills
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ST. CROIX - Senators delayed considering two measures aimed at increasing financial accountability in government, after invited testifiers were unable to attend a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the point when the bills were scheduled to be discussed Tuesday morning.
Ultimately, senators voted to hold the bills in committee until they could hear from government officials on the measures.
One of the bills would require each branch of government, each agency and each instrumentality of the government to include the cost of unused annual leave in its annual budget request.
Sen. Craig Barshinger, who sponsored the bill, said senators often don't get the financial information they need from the executive branch in a timely manner.
The other bill, sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Gittens, would have prohibited any unclassified employee or new employee of any branch of the government from being paid wages or a salary greater than the amount allocated for the position in the budget approved by the Legislature.
The committee will reschedule the bills for testimony and discussion, said Finance Committee Chairman Clifford Graham.
- Daily News Staff