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If approved, Amendment 8 would dial back pay raises for Ala. lawmakers

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Alabama legislators are giving voters the opportunity to cut lawmakers' pay in the upcoming election.

To do it, voters will have to work their way through a long list of proposed constitutional amendments until they get to Amendment 8.

The amendment's sponsor predicts it will pass in a landslide.

The amendment would replace the 61 percent raise the Legislature gave itself in 2007 and would set legislators' pay at the state's median household income.  They would also receive the same travel reimbursement as state employees.

The typical annual compensation would drop from about $55,000 annually to $47,000.  Opponents of the pay raise say the Legislature needs to go back to its pre-2007 compensation of nearly $37,000.

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