MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - State lawmakers began their 2011 legislative session with immediate disagreements on how to handle their own salaries.
The day began Tuesday morning, the first day of the legislative session, when Sen. Gerald Dial introduced a resolution to roll back pay raises lawmakers approved for themselves four years ago. Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston said there was no support for that plan and said the resolution could cause a stalemate in the Senate.
Then, Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville said he would introduce a resolution Tuesday afternoon that would prorate the salaries of lawmakers in 2012 if the budget they pass for fiscal year 2012 is prorated. Sanford said the salaries of lawmakers should be prorated at the same amount the 2012 budget is prorated.
The resolutions came a day after Gov. Robert Bentley declared three percent proration on the state's current education budget. Gov. Bentley said he also planned to declare 15 percent proration on the state's current general fund budget as soon as supplemental funding at critical state agencies is provided.
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