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House gives final approval to more pay for lawmakers

PIERRE -- The first pay raise for South Dakota lawmakers since 1999 won final approval Wednesday from the state House of Representatives. Rep. Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau, made brief remarks in favor. The tally was 52-15. Lawmakers would be pai...

PIERRE - The first pay raise for South Dakota lawmakers since 1999 won final approval Wednesday from the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau, made brief remarks in favor. The tally was 52-15.

Lawmakers would be paid an amount equal to one-fifth of the median South Dakota household income each year.

Heinemann said the Senate changed the bill slightly so the U.S. Census Bureau's current population survey would be used.

The latest estimate from the Legislative Research Council puts the amount at about $11,800 next year.

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The current salary is $6,000.

The change would take effect for the new term starting Jan. 1, 2019.

The Senate approved it 28-6 Tuesday. Legislators aren't allowed to raise their salaries during their current terms.

HB 1311 goes next to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his review. He is expected to allow it to become law.

How They Voted

Here's the Wednesday tally from the state House of Representatives on the pay increase for members of the Legislature. HB 1311 received final approval 52-15.

Yes (52) - Ahlers, D-Dell Rapids. Anderson, R-Hudson. Bartels, R-Watertown. Barthel, R-Sioux Falls. Bartling, D-Gregory. Beal, R-Sioux Falls. Bordeaux, D-Mission. Brunner, R-Nisland. Carson, R-Mitchell. Conzet, R-Rapid City. Dennert, R-Aberdeen. DiSanto, R-Box Elder. Glanzer, R-Huron. Gosch, R-Glenham. Lana Greenfield, R-Doland. Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls. Hawley, D-Brookings. Heinemann, R-Flandreau. Holmes, R-Sioux Falls. Hunhoff, R-Yankton. Jamison, R-Sioux Falls. Kevin Jensen, R-Canton. Johns, R-Lead. Karr, R-Sioux Falls. Kettwig, R-Milbank. Lesmeister, D-Parade. Livermont, R-Martin. Lust, R-Rapid City. May, R-Kyle. McCleerey, D-Britton. Mills, R-Volga. Herman Otten, R-Lennox. Kent Peterson, R-Salem. Sue Peterson, R-Sioux Falls. Pischke, R-Dell Rapids. Qualm, R-Platte. Reed, R-Brookings. Rhoden, R-Union Center. Ring, D-Vermillion. Rozum, R-Mitchell. Schaefer, R-Kennebec. Smith, D-Sioux Falls. Steinhauer, R-Hartford. Stevens, R-Yankton. Tulson, R-Lake Norden. Turbiville, R-Deadwood. Wiese, R-Madison. Willadsen, R-Sioux Falls. Wismer, D-Britton. York, R-Watertown. Zikmund, R-Sioux Falls. Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls.

No (15) - Campbell, R-Rapid City. Chase, R-Huron. Clark, R-Hartford. Diedrich, R-Rapid City. Duvall, R-Pierre. Frye-Mueller, R-Rapid City. Goodwin, R-Rapid City. Howard, R-Rapid City.

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Johnson, R-Rapid City. Kaiser, R-Aberdeen. Lake, R-Gettysburg. Latterell, R-Tea. Marty, R-Prairie City. Rounds, R-Pierre. Schoenfish, R-Scotland.

Excused (3) McPherson, R-Rapid City. Rasmussen, R-Hurley. Soli, D-Sioux Falls.

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