OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase of as much as 20 percent under a bill that has passed without opposition in a state House committee.
The House Appropriations and Budget Committee voted 23-0 for the Senate-passed measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House, where it is expected to pass.
The measure provides 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. Officials say the bill would cost about $8.5 million annually when fully implemented.
A starting trooper is currently paid about $38,000 a year. Trooper salaries haven't been increased in seven years.
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