- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has rejected a proposal to give state lawmakers a pay raise.

Senators voted 18-15 for the measure. But it needed a two-thirds majority, or 24 votes, to pass.

Lawmakers get a salary of $6,000 a year now. The bill would have boosted that to $10,000, beginning next year for new members of the Legislature. Current members of the Legislature could not have received the pay raise until 2017, assuming they had won re-election and were still in the Legislature.

The bill’s main sponsor is Sen. Craig Tieszen. The Republican from Rapid City says lawmakers’ salaries were last raised in 1999. He says legislative pay needs to be raised so more people can afford to run for the House and Senate.