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Fallin signs bill for Okla. trooper raises

Governor Mary Fallin

Fallin signs bill for Okla. trooper raises

CREATED Apr 23, 2014

 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would give Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers their first pay raise in seven years, although the pay hike won't come unless money is included in a separate budget proposal.

Fallin on Tuesday signed the bill that passed both chambers without opposition.

The bill removes the salary schedule for troopers from state statutes and authorizes across-the-board pay hikes of between 14 percent and 20 percent. Those increases are based on the recommendations of a study conducted last year on state employee compensation that found trooper salaries were below a regional average.

But the Legislature and governor still must agree to fund the roughly $8.5 million price tag for the raises as part of a broader budget agreement.

Online:

Senate Bill 232: http://bit.ly/1mYyfVr

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