State Rep. Rob Vescovo Again Files Legislation
to Prevent Abuse of Paid Administrative Leave
Legislation meant to protect taxpayer dollars
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Rob Vescovo (R – 112th) has again filed legislation to prevent Missouri tax dollars from being used for paid administrative leave for ineffective government employees who should instead be fired. Vescovo’s bill is HB 1432.
Last session Vescovo filed identical legislation to end a practice he said is costing Missourians hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The bill made it through the House with bi-partisan support and vote count of 118-35 but did not receive approval in the Senate before the legislative session ended. Vescovo said he is hopeful the bill will make it through both chambers and onto the governor’s desk in 2016.
“This is a non-partisan bill that will take aim at ending the ongoing problem of this wasteful practice of paid administrative leave for employees who should be terminated,” said Vescovo, R-Arnold. “This is a practice that would never go on in the private sector where employers would refuse to pay ineffective employees to not do their jobs. However, because there is too little accountability when it comes to how taxpayer dollars are utilized, we have seen this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds far too often in the public sector”
Vescovo’s attention to the problem was drawn by issues that occurred in the Fox School District. It was in June of 2014 when Superintendent Dianne Critchlow and three other school administrators were placed on paid administrative leave. Vescovo noted that Critchlow made an annual salary of more than $260,000. He said the issue resurfaced again when the school district’s food services director, who was hired with an annual salary of $65,000 despite lacking the certifications and education necessary for the position, was also placed on paid administrative leave.
“The situation in the Fox School District was a real eye opener for my constituents, who were outraged that such irresponsible use of their tax dollars could occur. It was an eye opener for me as I researched this issue. This abuse happens in everyday in the Federal Government and all across Missouri’s State Government and the amounts of taxpayer dollars wasted would make you sick. My goal with this bill is to ensure that we cut down on the waste and abuse of paid administrative leave.,” said Vescovo