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PRINTER'S NO. 553
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
583
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY RYAN, JAMES, ROTHMAN, ROAE, GUENST, THOMAS, COOK,
GROVE, BERNSTINE, MOUL, PISCIOTTANO, HAMM, PENNYCUICK,
BOROWICZ, KULIK, B. MILLER AND GLEIM, FEBRUARY 24, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, FEBRUARY 24, 2021
AN ACT
Amending the act of September 30, 1983 (P.L.160, No.39),
entitled "An act establishing salaries and compensation of
certain public officials including justices and judges of
Statewide courts, judges of courts of common pleas, judges of
the Philadelphia Municipal Court, judges of the Philadelphia
Traffic Court, district justices and the Governor, the
Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, the Auditor
General, the Attorney General and certain other State
officers and the salary and certain expenses of the members
of the General Assembly; and repealing certain inconsistent
acts," further providing for judicial salaries, for
compensation of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, State
Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General, Commissioners
of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and heads of
departments, for members of the general assembly and for
cost-of-living adjustment hiatus.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 2.1(i), 3(e), 4(d) and (d.1) and 5.3(a)
of the act of September 30, 1983 (P.L.160, No.39), known as the
Public Official Compensation Law, amended or added October 16,
2020, (P.L.706, No.79), is amended to read:
Section 2.1. Judicial salaries.
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(i) Annual cost-of-living adjustment.--
(1) Except as provided under paragraph (2), beginning
January 1, 1997, and each January 1 thereafter, the annual
salaries under subsections (a) through (h) shall be increased
by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All
Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month
period for which figures have been officially reported by the
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
immediately prior to the date the adjustment is due to take
effect. The percentage increase and salary amounts shall be
determined prior to the annual effective date of the
adjustment by the Supreme Court and shall be published in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin by the Court Administrator of
Pennsylvania within 20 days of the date the determination is
made.
(2) (i) The annual salaries under this section may not
be increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment under
paragraph (1) for the annual period beginning January 1,
2021, and ending December 31, 2021. Notice of the
provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to the
Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2020.
(ii) The annual salaries under this section may not
be increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment under
paragraph (1) for the annual period beginning January 1,
2022, and ending December 31, 2022. Notice of the
provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to the
Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2021.
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(3) (i) The annual salaries for individuals subject to
42 Pa.C.S. § 1741(a)(1) or (2) (relating to compensation
of judges) may not be increased by a cost-of-living
adjustment under 42 Pa.C.S. § 1741(b) for the annual
period beginning January 1, 2021, and ending December 31,
2021. Notice of the provisions of this subsection shall
be transmitted to the Legislative Reference Bureau for
publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to
December 1, 2020.
(ii) The annual salaries for individuals subject to
42 Pa.C.S. § 1741(a)(1) or (2) may not be increased by a
cost-of-living adjustment under 42 Pa.C.S. § 1741(b) for
the annual period beginning January 1, 2022, and ending
December 31, 2022. Notice of the provisions of this
subsection shall be transmitted to the Legislative
Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania
Bulletin prior to December 1, 2021.
Section 3. Compensation of Governor and Lieutenant Governor;
State Treasurer; Auditor General; Attorney General;
Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission; and heads of departments.
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(e) Annual cost-of-living adjustment.--
(1) Except as provided under paragraph (2), beginning
January 1, 1997, and each January 1 thereafter, the stated
annual salaries of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the
State Treasurer, the Auditor General, the Attorney General
and the heads of the departments and members of boards and
commissions denoted herein shall be increased by an annual
cost-of-living increase calculated by applying the percentage
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change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers
(CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and
Maryland area, for the most recent 12-month period for which
figures have been officially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics immediately
prior to the date the adjustment is due to take effect, to
the then current salary amounts authorized. The percentage
increase and the salary amounts shall be determined by the
Governor prior to the annual effective date of the adjustment
and shall be published by the Secretary of the Budget in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin within ten days of the date the
determination is made.
(2) (i) The stated annual salaries of the Governor and
Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, the Auditor
General, the Attorney General and the heads of the
departments and members of boards and commissions may not
be increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment under
paragraph (1) for the annual period beginning January 1,
2021, and ending December 31, 2021. Notice of the
provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to the
Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2020.
(ii) The stated annual salaries of the Governor and
Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, the Auditor
General, the Attorney General and the heads of the
departments and members of boards and commissions may not
be increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment under
paragraph (1) for the annual period beginning January 1,
2022, and ending December 31, 2022. Notice of the
provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to the
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Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2021.
Section 4. Members of the General Assembly.
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(d) Subsequent annual cost-of-living adjustment for
members.--
(1) Except as provided under paragraph (2), for the 12-
month period beginning December 1, 1997, through November 30,
1998, and for each like 12-month period thereafter, the
salary of the members of the General Assembly shall be
increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment calculated
by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index
for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area, for the most recent 12-
month period for which figures have been officially reported
by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
Statistics immediately prior to the date the adjustment is
due to take effect, to the then current salary amounts. The
percentage increase and the new salary amounts shall be
determined jointly by the Chief Clerk of the Senate and the
Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives prior to the
annual effective date of the adjustment and shall be
published by them in the Pennsylvania Bulletin within ten
days of the date such determination is made.
(2) (i) The salary of the members of the General
Assembly may not be increased by an annual cost-of-living
adjustment under paragraph (1) for the period beginning
December 1, 2020, through November 30, 2021. Notice of
the provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to
the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
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Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2020.
(ii) The salary of the members of the General
Assembly may not be increased by an annual cost-of-living
adjustment under paragraph (1) for the period beginning
December 1, 2021, through November 30, 2022. Notice of
the provisions of this subsection shall be transmitted to
the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin prior to December 1, 2021.
(d.1) Subsequent annual cost-of-living adjustment for
officers and leaders.--
(1) Except as provided under paragraph (2), for the 12-
month period beginning December 1, 1997, through November 30,
1998, and for each like 12-month period thereafter, the
additional compensation of the officers and leaders of the
General Assembly shall be increased by an annual cost-of-
living adjustment calculated by applying the percentage
change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers
(CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and
Maryland area, for the most recent 12-month period for which
figures have been officially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics immediately
prior to the date the adjustment is due to take effect, to
the then current compensation. The percentage increase and
the new compensation amounts shall be determined jointly by
the Chief Clerk of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the
House of Representatives prior to the annual effective date
of the adjustment and shall be published in the Pennsylvania
Bulletin within 20 days immediately prior to each cost-of-
living increase taking effect.
(2) (i) The additional compensation of the officers and
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leaders of the General Assembly may not be increased by
an annual cost-of-living adjustment under paragraph (1)
for the period beginning December 1, 2020, through
November 30, 2021. Notice of the provisions of this
subsection shall be transmitted to the Legislative
Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania
Bulletin prior to December 1, 2020.
(ii) The additional compensation of the officers and
leaders of the General Assembly may not be increased by
an annual cost-of-living adjustment under paragraph (1)
for the period beginning December 1, 2021, through
November 30, 2022. Notice of the provisions of this
subsection shall be transmitted to the Legislative
Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania
Bulletin prior to December 1, 2021.
Section 5.3. Cost-of-living adjustment hiatus.
(a) General rule.--
(1) The salary of salaried officers of the Commonwealth,
except for an individual subject to sections 2.1(i)(2) and
(3), 3(e)(2), 4(d)(2) and (d.1)(2), may not be increased by a
cost-of-living adjustment for the period beginning January 1,
2021, and ending December 31, 2021.
(2) The salary of salaried officers of the Commonwealth,
except for an individual subject to sections 2.1(i)(2) and
(3), 3(e)(2), 4(d)(2) and (d.1)(2), may not be increased by a
cost-of-living adjustment for the period beginning January 1,
2022, and ending December 31, 2022.
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Section 2. The following shall apply:
(1) Except as provided under paragraph (2), the
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provisions of this act are not severable.
(2) The amendment of section 2.1(i) of the act and
section 3 of this act shall be severable from the remainder
of this act.
Section 3. Repeals are as follows:
(1) The General Assembly declares that the repeal under
paragraph (2) is necessary to effectuate the amendment of
section 2.1(i) of the act.
(2) 42 Pa.C.S. § 1741(b) is repealed insofar as it is
inconsistent with the amendment of section 2.1(i) of the act.
Section 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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