Region 8 Lawmakers to Get Paid More for some Legislative Sessions

SEPTEMBER 22, 2005 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators living outside central Arkansas will get an increase beginning October 1 in the money they are paid to attend meetings of legislative committees.

Bureau of Legislative Research director Tony Minicozzi says the daily rate will rise from its current $110 to $125.  He says the increase reflects an increase in the maximum allowed by federal government guidelines.

The $125 per day for attending meetings at Little Rock is not paid for members of the House or Senate who live within 50 miles of the Capitol.  Instead, they are paid $6,800 a year in reimbursement for home office expenses.

The salaray for state senators and representatives is $14,412 per year.  That will increase to $14,765 next July 1.

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