UPDATE: Senate says OK to 1-year legislative pay cut

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature won’t shrink anytime soon, but lawmakers might temporarily cut their own pay.

Senators killed a bill Wednesday that proposed reducing the Senate from 52 members to 47 and the House from 122 members to 110, beginning in January 2012.

A short time later, the Senate voted 39-2 to pass a separate bill that would cut lawmakers’ base pay by 10 percent for a single year.

The in-session salary would drop from $10,000 to $9,000 for 2011, but legislators’ mileage reimbursement and other expenses wouldn’t change. The salary would go back up in January 2012.

The pay bill moves to the House for more debate.

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The bills are Senate Bills 2017 and 2506.