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Senate committee: No legislative raises

Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes asks a Senate committee to reject legislative raises; they agreed unanimously. At left are Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls; at right is Senate State Affairs committee secretary Deborah Riddle, 1/28/09 (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes asks a Senate committee to reject legislative raises; they agreed unanimously. At left are Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls; at right is Senate State Affairs committee secretary Deborah Riddle, 1/28/09 (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously, with no dissent and no discussion, to endorse HCR 6, the measure that earlier unanimously passed the House to reject any raises for lawmakers this year. "This is not something that I relish doing, although I think it's very important that we strongly consider HCR 6," Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes told the panel, which is dominated by leadership. "We will remain at the same level that we were at for the last two years." There had been some talk that senators wanted to preserve mileage changes recommended by a citizen committee while rejecting the proposed 5 percent pay raises, but the measure just dumps the whole package. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis made the motion to send it to the full Senate with a do-pass recommendation, and acting Senate Minority Leader Kate Kelly seconded the motion.




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