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AL proposal would allow voters to determine lawmakers' pay

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) -

The Alabama House of Representatives is considering a proposal Thursday to repeal the 2007 legislative pay raise.

The proposal, House Bill 276, would allow voters to determine how lawmakers are paid and increase transparency in the state's government.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison).

The constitutional amendment would:

  • Level legislative pay to median family income and would increase or decrease based on how Alabamians are faring economically.

  • Change the reimbursement system so that lawmakers are treated like any other state employee for travel, hotel stays, etc.

  • Repeal cost-of-living adjustments built into the 2007 pay raise and take away expense allowances 

"Tying legislators' salaries to the median income level in the state serves as a form of performance pay, which rises or falls depending upon how Alabama's economy performs," Rep. Ball said. "What an incentive to improve Alabama's economy and increase how much the average Alabama family takes home. If we had originally approved this plan rather than the pay raise the Democrats forced through when they were in charge, salaries for lawmakers would have actually decreased by 8 %, the same amount Alabama's median income has dropped since the economic recession began."

The Alabama House will convene Thursday morning.  

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