First Session Under New Structure
Alabama lawmakers just finished their first legislative session under a new pay structure that gives them a salary equal to the median household income in the state. Voters approved the change in 2012 under predictions that it would save the state money and was a fairer way to set their pay. However, Alabama Senate numbers show that so far the new system costs about the same. The lawmaker who sponsored the idea said it is premature to judge. Legislators are paid a $42,849 salary and can file for reimbursement for job-related travel at the same rate as state employees .Republican Representative Mike Ball said the savings will kick in later when lawmakers aren't traveling for the legislative session.