- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A legislative panel has endorsed giving a 1 percent pay raise to Arkansas’ judges, prosecutors and constitutional officers, while keeping lawmakers’ salaries flat.

The Joint Budget Committee on Monday advanced the proposed General Appropriation Act, which sets the salaries for the state’s elected officials and is typically the first measure considered during the legislative session.

The proposal would give judges, prosecutors and the state’s seven constitutional officers a 1 percent pay increase. The pay for House and Senate members would remain at its current level.

Joint Budget Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Larry Teague said the pay increase mirrors the proposed 1 percent increase for other state employees.

The bill now heads to the House, which is expected to take up the measure on Tuesday.

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