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Panel decision on officials' pay could come next month

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of an Arkansas panel looking at elected officials' salaries says he'd like a decision next month on whether to call for another pay hike.

Larry Ross, the chairman of the Independent Citizens Commission, told reporters Wednesday he'd like the panel to decide after its June 14 meeting whether to call for a pay adjustment for elected officials.

Ross said he believes it's important to keep any adjustments "in lockstep" with other state employees. State employees are not receiving a cost of living adjustment in the coming fiscal year.

The panel last year voted to more than double legislators' salaries and granted substantial raises to constitutional officers, judges and prosecutors. It was created through a voter-approved constitutional amendment to review and adjust salaries for the state's top elected officials.

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