MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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. Alabama's constitution sets pay for lawmakers at $10 a day, but they got around that by increasing their expense allowance.
The Senate committee also approved a bill to forbid lawmakers from increasing other forms of compensation, such as the expense allowance.
The measures now go before their full chambers of origin.