West Virginia Judicial Compensation Commission approved by House; recommendations no longer guaranteed to be filed in legislature as bill

Earlier today the West Virginia House approved SB 339 which would create a Judicial Compensation Commission. Of note in the process has been diminishing the power of the Commission.

As introduced, the bill as discussed here provided the Commission’s recommendations would go into effect unless the legislature overrode them by a 60% vote.

The salary recommendations made by the commission shall be introduced as a concurrent resolution by the presiding officer in both the Senate and the House of Delegates no later than the twentieth day of the regular legislative session. If the Legislature fails to take action on the concurrent resolution or if the Legislature rejects the passage of the concurrent resolution by less than sixty-percent of those elected in each body, then the recommendations made by the Judicial Compensation Commission will stand…

As approved by the Senate and discussed here the Commission’s recommendation would not be automatically approved subject to override, but would be guaranteed to be turned into a bill for consideration.

a bill adopting the salary recommendations made by the commission shall be introduced by the presiding officer in both the Senate and the House of Delegates no later than the twentieth day of the regular legislative session.

As approved by the House, the Commission’s recommendation is no longer assured to even be submitted as a bill.

a bill adopting the salary recommendations made by the commission may be introduced by the presiding officer in both the Senate and the House of Delegates.

SB 339 now goes back to the Senate to concur with the House amendment.