House rejects pay increase for lawmakers
State Sen. Christine Radogno on Thursday announced on her Senate website that, earlier this week, the House rejected the two-percent pay increase for lawmakers that took effect July 1.
The House bill has been sent to the Senate, with possible consideration when the body returns Aug. 4.
Radogno said the Democrat-controlled legislature failed to cease the automatic pay increase from taking effect in 2015.
As a result, Senate Republicans sponsored Senate Bill 1083, removing the cost-of-living adjustment. The bill, however, was not called by Democrats for a vote in the Senate.
The initial salary increase would have called for another $1,600 in cost-of-living expenses added to legislation base salaries, resulting in a total cost to the state of $283,200.