State employees who have to work overtime – especially those who work in the state’s prison system – will find it easier to get the extra pay owed them under a bill signed into law today by Governor Bob Holden. Holden says the change is appropriate for those state employees required to work overtime during emergencies or because of staff shortages. In fact, many employees never saw their overtime pay until they left state government. The bill is expected to cost the state anywhere between $3-Million and $10-Million. The cost depends on how much overtime state agencies require. The law goes into effect on January 1st, 2006.