The leadership stalemate in the House has caused some delays in planning for the new session in January, but House Speaker Calvin Say has given the go-ahead for representatives to hire session staff.
In a Dec. 21 memo, Say said that each lawmaker will get $4,800 a month for salaries for session staff at this time. The maximum salary for any one session employee is $3,200 a month.
The House, according to House clerk Patricia Mau-Shimizu, usually hires over 140 part-time and full-time temporary workers during session.
According to the clerk, the green light has also been given to hire for the three committees that need the most staff expertise — Finance, Judiciary and Consumer Protection and Commerce.
Committee chairmanships, however, are in limbo until the leadership fight is settled.