Senate approves pay raise for Oklahoma troopers

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase of as much as 20 percent under a bill that has passed unanimously in the state Senate.

The bill the Senate approved Tuesday would provide for an across-the-board pay raise for troopers based on the recommendations of a recent study on state employee compensation. That study shows troopers should receive a boost in pay of between 14 percent and 20 percent.

The measure now heads to House.

The Senate author of the bill - Edmond Republican Sen. Clark Jolley - says the bill would cost about $8.5 million annually when fully implemented.

A starting trooper is currently paid an annual salary of about $38,000.

The trooper salary scales haven't been increased in seven years.

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