Committees Approve Changes to Legislative Pay

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Committees in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature advanced measures to change the way in which lawmakers are paid.

House and Senate committees signed off Wednesday on two nearly-identical bills to tie compensation to the median household
income in Alabama and make sure lawmakers never again have the opportunity to determine their own pay.

With approval by voters, both would amend the state constitution.

The proposals work to repeal a 61 percent pay increase legislators handed themselves in 2007.

The Senate committee also approved a bill to require a two-thirds majority vote for any pay increase and prevent it from going into effect during their current term.

The measures now go before their full chambers of origin.

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