Mar 1, 2012 8:36 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans area lawmaker is sponsoring a proposal to boost judges' salaries across the state for the next two years, to get them to the average paid to their colleagues across the South.
Rep. Jeff Arnold, a Democrat, notes on the bill that he sponsored it "by request." If the measure passed, lawmakers would need to back a separate appropriation to pay for it.
The proposal follows the recommendation of the Judicial Compensation Commission. On July 1, trial court judges would receive a 0.9 percent raise to $138,926; appellate court judges' salaries would go up 2.6 percent to $147,441; and Supreme Court justices' pay would increase 3.8 percent to $156,470. Salaries would go up 2.2 percent a year later.