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Ark. House takes up elected officials' pay bill

By ANDREW DeMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House is considering legislation that will keep state elected officials' pay flat for the coming year and pay for 13 new judgeships.

The House on Tuesday planned to vote on the proposed General Appropriation Act, which sets funding for the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The bill calls for keeping pay flat for the state's constitutional officers, legislators, prosecutors and judges.

It proposes additional funding to pay for 13 new district judgeships that will be created in January.

Lawmakers convened on Monday for a legislative session focusing primarily on the budget. Gov. Mike Beebe has proposed a $4.7 billion budget for the coming fiscal year.

The Joint Budget Committee also planned to review Beebe's requests to use part of the state's $72 million surplus for 1-time needs.

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