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For Immediate Release: April 9, 2012

House Repeals 2007 Payraise

Last week House Republicans kept another promise to the people of Alabama when they repealed the 62% Democrat pay raise of 2007.  HB 276 by Representative Mike Ball passed the House on April 5th by a vote of 91 -2.

“I was proud to support this legislation which removes the matter of legislative compensation from the hands of the lawmakers for good.  And, it requires legislators to file for expenses under the same rules as all state employees, offering more transparency than ever before” says Representative Wes Long of Guntersville.

The House passed a constitutional amendment which would replace the current legislative pay schedule and tie legislative compensation to the median household income in the state of Alabama.  If it passes the Senate and is ratified by the people, it will assure that legislative salaries are reflective of the average Alabamian.

“This is another example of “less talk and more action”, said Rep. Long.  “We have wasted no time in keeping promises we made to our voters, like innovative jobs bills and reforms aimed at revolutionizing state efficiency.”

The bill is currently in the Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections Committee in the Senate. 

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