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Last updated 4:11PM ET
March 7, 2021
Riley Threatens Veto of Legislative Pay Raise
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Governor Bob Riley says he will veto a legislative pay raise that was approved Thursday in the House and Senate.

Representatives, in an unrecorded vote, approved the resolution raising their annual compensation 60 percent from 30-thousand-710 dollars to 49-thousand-500 dollars Thursday morning.

The Senate quickly followed by passing the measure, also on an unrecorded voice vote. Several Republican senators tried to get a recorded vote, but Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Junior ignored their shouts and raised hands.

House Speaker Seth Hammett said he did not take a recorded vote because no members requested one. Hammett said members deserve a raise because of the length of time that has passed since their pay was adjusted. The last time legislators raised their pay was in 1991.

The resolution provides the pay increase by increasing the monthly expense allowance lawmakers receive from 22-hundred-80 dollars to three-thousand-850 dollars.

The resolution also provides for legislators' pay to be adjusted annually to reflect increases in the cost of living as indicated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index.

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