Compromise Sought On Pay For Alabama Legislators

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama House and Senate are looking for a compromise on their different versions of a bill to tie legislators' pay to the state's median household income.

The House voted 77-8 Thursday and the Senate voted 30-2 to send the pay bill to a conference committee of six legislators to seek a compromise.

The House passed a proposed constitutional amendment two weeks ago that would repeal the Legislature's 2007 pay raise and tie compensation to the median household income. That would lower the average annual compensation from about $53,000 annually to nearly $46,000. The Senate made several changes in the bill Tuesday, including requiring legislators to refund the 2007 raise. The House refused to go along with the changes. That resulted in the House and Senate forming a conference committee.

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