- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s judges could get a raise under a bill slated for debate in the Legislature.

A legislative committee voted 7-0 this week to advance a proposed 3.5 percent increase, effective July 1. Judges would receive an additional 3.5 percent pay bump the following year.

Nebraska’s seven Supreme Court judges are currently paid roughly $160,500 annually. Judges throughout the state would see a similar raise because their salaries are tied to what the high-court judges make.

The measure is sponsored by Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley of Kearney on behalf of Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The Legislature raised Supreme Court judges’ salaries by about 5 percent in both 2013 and 2014. Supporters say competitive salaries are needed to attract good candidates for the bench.

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