Pay Raise Advanced

Nebraska state senators' pay would double to 24 thousand dollars a year under a measure that advanced from the first round Thursday.

If passed, voters would have to approve the increase in 2006.

The proposal advanced on a 31 to nine vote. It must clear two more rounds before it would be put on the ballot.

Senators speaking in support say they are overdue for a pay raise. The last increase was approved in 1988.

But Lincoln Senator Dave Landis says a doubling of the salary is too much to ask. He says voters would more likely approve a raise to 16-thousand dollars.

Fellow Lincoln Senator Chris Beutler thinks the raise is too low. He says he would support as much as 48-thousand dollars a year.

The measure's introducer Senator DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln says she believes there is support for the proposed raise.

Senators Voting Yes: (31)
Aguilar, R., Grand Island; Baker, T., Trenton; Bourne, P. Omaha; Brashear, K., Omaha; Byars, D., Beatrice; Connealy, M., Decatur; Cornett, A., Bellevue; Cunningham, D., Wausa; Engel, P., South Sioux City; Erdman, P., Bayard; Fischer, D., Valentine; Flood, M., Norfolk; Foley, M., Lincoln; Heidemann, L., Elk Creek; Howard,G., Omaha; Hudkins, C., Malcolm; Janssen, R., Nickerson; Johnson, J., Kearney; Kremer, B., Aurora; Kruse, L. Omaha; Louden, L., Ellsworth; Mines, M., Blair; Pederson, D., North Platte; Preister, D., Omaha; Schimek, D., Lincoln; Smith, A., Gering; Stuhr, E., Bradshaw; Stuthman, A., Platte Center; Synowiecki, J., Omaha; Thompson, N., Papillion; Wehrbein, Roger R., Plattsmouth.

Senators Voting No: (9)
Beutler, C, Lincoln; Jensen, J., Omaha; Landis, D., Lincoln; Langemeier, C., Schuyler; Pedersen, Dw., Elkhorn; Price, M., Lincoln; Raikes, R., Lincoln; Redfield, P., Omaha; Schrock, E., Elm Creek.

Present Not Voting: (6)
Brown, P., Omaha; Burling, C., Kenesaw; Chambers, E., Omaha; Cudaback, J., Riverdale; Friend, M., Omaha; Pahls, R., Omaha.

Excused: (3)
Combs, J., Friend; Kopplin, G., Gretna; McDonald, V., Rockville

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