Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1114 By Senator Montford 3-01015-20 20201114__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to cost-of-living adjustments to state 3 employee salaries; creating s. 110.195, F.S.; defining 4 terms; authorizing annual cost-of-living adjustments 5 to base rates of pay of eligible state employees, 6 beginning in 2021; requiring the Office of Economic 7 and Demographic Research to calculate the percentage 8 for the adjustment in a specified manner; specifying 9 conditions under which a cost-of-living adjustment is 10 not implemented; requiring the office to certify the 11 adjustment amount to the Governor and the Legislature; 12 specifying eligibility for the cost-of-living 13 adjustment; providing legislative intent; providing 14 that implementation of cost-of-living adjustments is 15 contingent upon funding by the Legislature; providing 16 an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 110.195, Florida Statutes, is created 21 and incorporated into part I of chapter 110, Florida Statutes, 22 to read: 23 110.195 Annual cost-of-living adjustments to state employee 24 salaries.— 25 (1) As used in this section, the term: 26 (a) “State agency” means any official, officer, commission, 27 board, authority, council, committee, or department of the 28 executive or judicial branches of state government. 29 (b) “State employee” means an employee filling an 30 established position as an employee of a state agency. 31 (2) Beginning January 1, 2021, and each January 1 32 thereafter, the base rate of pay of each eligible state employee 33 shall be increased by the percentage adjustment calculated 34 pursuant to subsection (3). 35 (3)(a) By November 1, 2020, and each November 1 thereafter, 36 the Office of Economic and Demographic Research shall calculate 37 the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for 38 Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers from the average for the 39 third quarter of the current calendar year to the average for 40 the third quarter of the preceding calendar year. 41 (b) If the calculation made pursuant to paragraph (a) 42 results in a positive number, the number must be rounded to the 43 nearest tenth of 1 percent. If the calculation results in a 44 negative number, or if the rounded result is zero, there is no 45 cost-of-living adjustment for the year. 46 (c) The Office of Economic and Demographic Research shall 47 certify the result of the calculation to the Governor, the 48 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 49 Representatives. 50 (4)(a) To be eligible for the adjustment authorized in 51 subsection (2), a state employee, at a minimum, must have met 52 his or her required performance standard, if applicable, during 53 the most recently completed fiscal year. If an otherwise 54 eligible state employee achieves performance standards 55 subsequent to the cost-of-living adjustment, but on or before 56 the end of the fiscal year, the employee may receive the 57 adjustment effective on the date the employee achieves such 58 standards but not retroactively to the date of the cost-of 59 living adjustment. 60 (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that all eligible 61 state employees receive the increases authorized in subsection 62 (2) even if the implementation of such increase results in an 63 employee’s salary exceeding the adjusted pay grade maximum. 64 (5) Each increase authorized in subsection (2) is 65 contingent upon a specific appropriation by the Legislature to 66 fund the first year’s costs of implementation of such increase. 67 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.