Most Lawmakers Turn Down Automatic Pay Raise
Most Alabama legislators have turned down automatic pay raises this year.
Lawmakers stand to receive about a $1,600 pay increase based on the Consumer Price Index.
In the House, 41 accepted it and 64 said no.
In the Senate, eight accepted the pay raise, while 27 did not.
Legislative pay raises have become a hot button issue since 2007 when lawmakers voted to more than double their salaries.
Sen. Linda Coleman, who drives from Pratt City and stays in a hotel during session, said her constituents encouraged her to accept the increase.
"I know people think this is just a part time job. There's nothing part time about it. And even when we are out of session, we are back and forth to Montgomery for different meetings," she said.