SACRAMENTO — A politically sensitive bill to increase state legislative salaries by 10% after next year's elections--from $33,732 to $37,105 annually--was narrowly approved without debate Thursday by the Assembly.
A 56-20 bipartisan vote, two more than the two-thirds or 54 votes required, sent the measure, to the Senate.
Forty-six Democrats and 10 Republicans voted for the pay raise; all 20 no votes were cast by Republicans.
"The dishonesty is incredible," said the bill's sponsor, Louis J. Papan (D-Milbrae), referring to GOP members who voted against the last pay raise but later took the money anyway. "The games continue."