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Committee freezes lawmakers' salary adjustment

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia legislators won't get be getting a raise next year.

In a unanimous decision, the Legislative Services Committee voted on Monday to freeze the cost-of-living adjustment for the third straight year. Members of the General Assembly earn $17,341.68. Georgia has a part-time Legislature that holds a 40-day session each year.

State employees have also had their wages frozen in recent years. House Speaker David Ralston says the freeze is the right thing to do in the down economy. Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams agreed, but says increasing lawmaker pay should be explored when the economy improves because the current salary makes it difficult for legislators to serve and earn a living.

Officials say the move amounts to a savings of between $28,000 and $30,000 per year.