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Senate passes bill lowering Douglas school board members' pay; now goes to governor
by Staff Reports
March 18, 2014 08:15 PM | 1897 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A bill to lower the pay of the Douglas County Board of Education passed its final legislative hurdle today before going to the governor for his signature.

The State Senate passed House Bill 1108 on a 34-18 vote. District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, carried the bill in the Senate for the House sponsor, District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville.

In January, members of the Douglas County Board of Education voted to ask local legislators for a reduction in their pay by separating their salary amounts from Superior Court judges' pay. This legislation also gives the school board raises only when teachers get increases in salary.

“This is fiscally responsible legislation that simply aligns the Douglas County Board of Education salaries with others statewide,” Dugan said. “Obviously I would have preferred to have this bill presented on the local consent calendar, but we were forced to take a different course. I am thankful my colleagues in the Senate agreed that we should honor the school board’s wishes and finally get this bill passed.”

The bill decreases the Douglas County School Board's pay by 10 percent and detaches them from the salaries of Superior Court judges.

The bill will now be transferred to the governor’s desk for his signature. HB 1108 will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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