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Panel to hold hearing on plan to raise officials' salaries

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 3:00 AM

ARKANSAS (AP):

An Arkansas commission is holding a public hearing on its plan to more than double legislators' salaries and give substantial pay hikes to other elected officials.

The Independent Citizens Commission planned to hold the hearing yesterday at the University of Arkansas Administration office in Little Rock. The seven-member commission called for the pay hikes in an initial review of salaries for the state's legislators, judges and constitutional officers.

The review calls for raising lawmakers' salaries from $15,869 a year to $39,400, an increase that commissioners said was tied to their recommendation to eliminate the $14,400 in annual office expenses legislators can currently claim.